Alexis Papahelas

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Last Sunday, as the Greek Parliament adopted the latest reforms and austerity measures, hooded arsonists rampaged through central Athens and riot squads hosed protesters with tear gas.

The measures were so severe that more than 20 deputies in each of the two parties in the coalition government defied their parties and voted against them.

Nonetheless, politicians who had dragged their feet over reforms for the past two years made the tough decisions demanded of them, facing the wrath of a population angered and exhausted by the fifth year of recession, plummeting incomes, higher taxes, collapsing services, 20-percent unemployment and no apparent end to the hardship.…  Seguir leyendo »

Greece is at a critical crossroads. It could either become a European version of Argentina or mature into a modern European state. The answer will depend on whether political leaders get their act together soon enough, and also if society will react violently to shock therapy.

Right now there is a lot of anger in the Greek street. Anger against the political class, journalists, the business establishment. People feel betrayed by their leaders. The average Greek had not realised that the country was nearly bankrupt until last autumn, when the former prime minister, Costas Karamanlis, called an election and shocked the public by proposing severe austerity measures.…  Seguir leyendo »