Day 67 - 1.02.2015 - 19:46 - Crisis -

A comment by journalist Elina Makri about the situation in Greece after the elections

One thing is sure, there is more euphoria and optimism, much, much more than fear. There was a general feeling and strategy behind last vote for many young people and not only. It started like: “Let’s give the chance to a new person.” And now, some days later: “there is someone else there NEGOTIATING and not just taking orders.”

Since the beginning of the turmoil, there were some serious questions from the citizens that nobody gave clear answers: what percentage of the loans goes to the banks and what comes to the taxpayers-citizens?
A common saying, “Is there no other solution than the one Troika, the German politicians and the old government imposed? Is there really and never an alternative?”

These are serious questions from the hard core of the society. A society that the last five years is addressed in terms of numbers but when the Greek society is doing the maths (see German war reparations or when Germany was in need, Greece and other countries, agreed to cancel half of postwar Germany’s debt)  the German politicians scream foul. The new government seems determined, Alexis Tsipras formed pretty fast a cabinet which has already started to negotiate. Many Greeks feel and believe that at the place where the terrible experiment of the austerity program started, here should also end.

Two years ago, the new Finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, created a 9min documentary. Varoufakis suggests three alternatives to end the crisis in Europe. Why we don’t even discuss them?

In that context, there is also the democratic problem: When 36,3% of people (who voted for Tsipras) send a sound message and for the high priests of the austerity is just a tiny insignificant detail, it’s a matter of democracy from now on. They just don’t care about the people. « Il ne peut y avoir de choix démocratique contre les traités européens » said the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker ! This is no longer a democracy and no longer an arena for the Greeks. Are you sure that it is one for the French, the Italians or the Spanish?