I wonder if, against a backdrop of tortuous talks aimed at
forming a coalition government, thousands of Greeks gathered in Syntagma Square and chanted slogans against their politicians, tussled with police who tried to protect them and let their frustration get the better of them, there would be the same negative reaction abroad as there usually is when there are protests in front of Parliament. This week’s extraordinary events must have made it clear to international observers who should really be the target of their derision.
As PASOK, New Democracy and others labor to achieve a deal for an interim government, we are witnesses to the final days of a bankrupt political system. Parties that had been vehicles for personal advancement at the expense of broader interests are now trying to combat the deeply ingrained need to serve themselves so they can save the country.