Archive for December 2012
Thank you all for your time to read my thoughts and spread them further. Greece in 2012 had three governments, two elections, two debt restructurings, came closer than ever to leaving the euro and hundreds of thousands of people saw their lives deteriorate through loss of jobs and income. Tried to capture all these here out of genuine interest and concern for my country and her people.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
“Considering the state of the Greek economy, which three of the words below express more accurately your feelings as a Greek citizen about the present and the future of the country?” This is a question in one of the two recent opinions polls in Greece from established pollsters MRB and Public Issue (links in Greek).
Disappointment (65.6), rage (64.1), fear (48.1) and shame (38.4) are by far the four prominent sentiments in Greek society at the moment, according to MRB. Compared to the results when the same question was asked for last December’s poll, rage has shown a significant increase, from 51.4. The sentiments of submission and resignation in last year’s poll appear to have turned into anger this year.
On the purely political aspect, the two opinion polls give the leftish party of SYRIZA a lead over New Democracy, re-affirm the establishment, although having lost momentum, of the menacing Golden Dawn in third place, and the slide of PASOK between fourth and fifth place in single digits.
It is the social aspect of the polls that make the alarming reading.
On Monday in Oslo, the three presidents of Europe’s main institutions, Jose Manuel Barroso of the European Commission, Herman Van Rompuy of the European Council and Martin Schultz of the European Parliament accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the European Union.
The union was formed over 60 years ago to prevent another devastating war but divisions in Europe are resurfacing and many have questioned the decision of the Nobel committee and the timing of the award. Divisions between North and South, debtor and creditor countries, core and periphery and most alarmingly divisions in the quality of life and future prospects as the people in southern Europe are facing a debilitating crisis, to large extent self-inflected by the Brussels doctrine disguised behind the name of structural reforms.
In Greece, the severe, punitive and miscalculated – as recently admitted by the IMF – austerity that is dictated by the troika over the last two and half years, has turned the debt crisis into a social and humanitarian one as the Greek state is incapable of providing basic public services. Peace is nowhere in sight as anti-austerity protests have more often than not been met with incidents of police brutality and extensive use of teargas while peaceful demonstrations have turned into outright street rioting. For many in Greece this peace Nobel Prize added insult to injury.