Όντως, έχουμε σίγουρα κερδίσει τις εντυπώσεις στο εξωτερικό, κύριοι της Κυβέρνησης. Η κάλυψη των ενεργειών και των πολιτικών σας επιλογών τυγχάνει διεθνούς κάλυψης σε επίπεδο θαυμασμού! Για το πόσο επνευσμένο και αξιοπερίεργο είναι το νούμερο που παρουσιάζει ο θίασός σας. Για του λόγου το αληθές, το ωραίο editorial της Guardian:
Greece and austerity: Brussels v the people
For anyone who has ever worried about the democratic deficit in Europe, here it was, laid bare
A funny kind of democracy was on display in Greeceon Wednesday. Under orders from Brussels and Washington, MPs in Athens passed a slew of stringent measures to raise €28bn (£25bn) in a hurry – even while hundreds of thousands of protesting Greeks faced massive amounts of teargas and riot police. After the package was voted through by a wafer-thin majority, politicians were escorted out of the parliament by police. For anyone who has ever worried about the democratic deficit in Europe, here it was, laid bare on the rolling-news channels. And those protesters were not a vocal minority; polls suggest that up to 80% of Greeks reject these austerity measures.
This is not only criticism; it is an analytical point too. As Alexis Tsipras, head of the far left Synaspismos party, shouted outside the parliament building: «You won’t go far with all the people against you.» The majority of lawmakers inside would probably agree with him. Having passed the austerity measureson Wednesday, Athens MPs will on Thursday vote on laws to implement them. It is hard now to believe that prime minister George Papandreou will not succeed here, too. Still, legislating does not make it so – in Greece, with its long-standing mistrust of the state, more than anywhere else in western Europe. And what the socialist government has just accepted is just as brutal and radical as any structural-adjustment policy imposed by the International Monetary Fund – only it has been forced on Greece by its supposed friends and neighbours in the eurozone.
To glance through the headline measures passed on Wednesday is rather like reading through a wishlist drawn up by the officials from Washington arriving in Buenos Aires: a big increase in income taxes and national insurance contributions, 150,000 public-sector jobs to be cut, with those keeping their posts having their salaries cut by 15%.
Politically, this will feel like an imposition by European elites on Greeks who missed out of the best bits of the previous decade’s boom; practically, it will be impossible to pull off within four years without more massive retaliation by the trade unions; economically it will be disastrous. Indeed, the Greek economy is already in depression. The combination of €110bn loan and fiscal austerity accepted by Mr Papandreou last year has failed to lift the economy. There is no reason to believe that another €100bn loan (as is being discussed) and a rollover of government debt will do much good. Greece is being pumped with cash so it can repay its debts to German and French banks. The financiers are being bailed out, while the economy craters, society is pushed to breaking point and Greek politics becomes ever more combustible.