Greek Crisis: Is This Real Unity Progress?
Late last night the Greek PM George Papandreou reached an agreement with the opposition to form a coalition government in order for the new bailout package to be implement as soon as possible. This transitional scheme, according to its supporters, will guarantee all the lawmaking and negotiating necessary for the new EU package to be materialized without further obstacles. However there are serious questions posed, as to whether or not this solution is legally and morally sound and furthermore, there is a sense inside the Greek society, based on certain facts, that the opinion of the Greek citizens is ignored and that they are unable to approve or disapprove either the new government or the new bailout package.
Is there a need for this type of government?
During the last two years the present government accomplished almost none of its fiscal goals while the opposition, led a movement of negative dialectics against the austerity measures that were constantly implemented. Furthermore, the Greek people were continuously rioting on the streets of Athens in an attempt to stop this cruel attack against their income and subsequently their life's and at the same time the markets were constantly facing anxiety attacks. All of the above brought first and foremost the need, by some, for some kind of more forceful and less democratic, some would say, way of implementing this latest bailout package, with the Greek politicians unable to react and the Greek people totally uninvolved.
Why did Papandreou refuse to resign after the fiasco of the referendum?
Another serious argument that is to be made, is the persistence on the part of Papandreou to remain in power after the flop with the referendum, although he had lost any legitimation το govern, even inside it’s own party, until after the opposition had agreed completely to the roadmap of the new EU package and thus condemn any future attempt for policy diversion. Based on that behavior there are those who claim that Mr. Papandreou was not acting based on his own political syllogisms and with complete disregard for the opinion of the Greek citizens.Continued on the next page