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I see now that Mason has written another excellent article on Syntagma square yesterday... Again he seems to be actually paying attention to what is happening - he doesn't get some of the background cultural things naturally, but what he does get is much more than the vast majority of his colleagues (and that includes most Greek pundits as well)...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed Jun 15th, 2011 at 08:13:44 PM EST
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German public TV channel ARD, whose morning show I usually watch during breakfast, has a young reporter on the ground, who usually got airtime to say a line or two only. But today, also via satellite link, they interviewed a German-speaking Greek economist (sorry couldn't memorise his name) who got to say all that needs to be said: that the protest is against the austerity programme which causes recession, that the recession also results in reduced tax income and thus no solution to the solvency crisis, that the long-term solution would involve pay rises in export countries, that the short term solution would involve defaults and tax hikes for the rich.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jun 16th, 2011 at 01:35:00 AM EST
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Mason's conclusion:

It will be interesting to see how this interacts with Greek middle-class public opinion. The centre-right opposition party New Democracy is now riding high in opinion polls - though with 37% would not win an election outright, as its Portuguese counterpart did: If there's a snap election I would expect the same outcome as in Portugal, and as in Spain - where the existence of a square's occupation movement belied a national-level electoral swing to the right.

When I put it to the protesters that this might happen their attitude was: We don't care. New Democracy will come in, and they will soon go out again. They saw little difference between the parties, given effective economic sovereignty lies in Brussels.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jun 16th, 2011 at 01:49:07 AM EST
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