Greece, as the cradle of democracy, is getting no brownie points for actually practicing it. The decision by the Greek government to go back to the people for a mandate for the bailout terms being proposed by the Eurozone seems entirely appropriate. Syriza were not elected to impose a further round of austerity conditions of the sort that the Eurozone is now unilaterally seeking to impose, without any regard for Greece’s national autonomy. Quite the reverse. Syriza was elected to represent the country’s rejection of going further down the path of austerity that it has already walked at great personal and social cost for several years, all in order to repay debts from which the vast majority of the Greek population had received no benefit whatsoever.
Since the election, Syriza has tried to negotiate a compromise package. It is one the Eurozone has chosen not to accept, insisting instead on austerity conditions and a round of privatisations and pension cuts that were ultimately intolerable, given how much Greece has already suffered. Read the rest of this entry »