Greece’s painful political transition

My fourth policy paper for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung has just been published. It is on the subject of the Greek elections, what else? The aim is to look at the dominant themes in this campaign and the factors that Greeks will be contemplating before they cast their ballots on May 6. Despite the campaign being dominated by the rather sterile pro-/anti-bailout debate, there are actually a number of themes that will play a role in forming people’s opinions.

As the title suggests, this paper is an attempt to create a snapshot of the Greek political scene at a time when it is going through a major transition. As a result, parts of the picture will be blurry and incomplete because events are moving fast and there is no clear conclusion in sight. Nevertheless, I hope it provides readers with an insight into the tremendous economic, social and political changes Greece is undergoing.

You can read the paper in English here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/09061.pdf

You can read the paper in German here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/09060.pdf

3 responses to “Greece’s painful political transition

  1. PASOK under Venizelos = Merkel’s agent.

    As a result, PASOK is in steep decline.

    The main two beneficiaries of PASOK’s decline are ND (Samaras) on the right and Syriza on the left.

    The estimated % vote circa May 2, 2012 is:

    ND @ 30%, PASOK @ 20% and Syriza @ 11%.

    The May 6th election will result in ND as the winner(top party) capturing an automatic 50 seats over all other parties(so a +50 from the get go). Formulating a government will depend on the actual results.

    Merkel does not like Samaras. Merkel’s objective is to install its trusted agent PASOK(Venizelos who is now openly boasting that the PSI was his brain child) within the new government structure for control purposes from within. Samaras objective is not to co-habitate with PASOK in government. It may take a few months but Samaras will eventually do it. At that point Merkel will be up for re-election and the political landscape in Europe will have to reset.

    Short and sweet.

  2. Dear Nick,

    I found it quiet impressing to read your analysis. I am living here more than 10 years, and fully agree on the issue that the society becomes daily more and more political and that the democracy lives more ever.
    Joachim

  3. What we have here is a plutocratic(aka oligarchic state called Germany, whose official state religion is a soul corrupting extreme form of mercantilism) interfering into the democratic process of another state, Greece(which is already imploding by unsustainable pluralism making it ungovernable). The aim of plutocratic Germany is to push Greece into some form of Tyranny (aka coalition/unity government) whose sole purpose is complete obedience with the German oligarchic terms.

    Plato wrote about in The Republic. He spoke of an ideal state and then four regressive forms(one worse than the other in a descending order):

    Timocracy
    Oligarchy(plutocracy)
    Democracy
    Tyranny.

    Germany is serving Greece all the worst political choices imaginable under the guise of reform. And of course there are plenty of naive Greeks who are buying such nonsense by either becoming willing collaborators or traitors to their own citizens.

    There is only one way out of this mess which is to elect our own independently strong government able to defend our state. Putting ideology aside, we ought to accept the wisdom of the Greek electorate which has already chosen Samaras (ND) as the lead party. Our job now is to make sure that whatever the lead party is, that such political group is given the tools to do the job. Factionalism at this stage is treason and stupidity of the highest order both serving the enemies of our state.

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