Hope is on the way Revisat per Revista Treball a . On Sunday the 25th of January 2015 the Greek people made a historical choice: for the first time in the modern Greek history a left party SYRIZA was elected as On Sunday the 25th of January 2015 the Greek people made a historical choice: for the first time in the modern Greek history a left party SYRIZA was elected as Rating: 0
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Hope is on the way

Hope is on the way

On Sunday the 25th of January 2015 the Greek people made a historical choice: for the first time in the modern Greek history a left party SYRIZA was elected as the first power in the new parliament with a mandate to form a government “for the salvation of society”. As it turned out, the word “salvation” alongside with the words “hope, democracy, justice” were not chosen lightly as the central mottos of the entire electoral campaign of Syriza’s leader Alexis Tsipras. The complete destruction of the Greek social economy as imposed by the extreme neoliberal policies of memoranda and the Troika (ECB, IMF, EU) is not the worst thing that happened to the Greek people over the last 5 years. Our country has suffered even more by the utterly violent violation of the constitution, the human and social rights which was necessary for imposing such hated and unjust policies. That created a sense that democracy and justice had abandoned the country which gave birth to these words. The epitome of this Modern Greek drama was the lack of smile –literally- and any sense of hope for the future from the face of the average Greek citizen. Well, all that was the reality until few days ago. Finally after the hubris committed in Greece, the Greeks decided that their drama deserved to have a classic ending: nemesis, catharsis, salvation.

The message of SYRIZA to Greece and the rest of EU is simple: severe austerity and deregulation of labor market as a way of healing public finances and bringing back growth has failed. Greece is the most extreme example of that failure. Five years of austerity, which turned a 15% deficit (in the yearly state budget) to a 2% surplus and a complete elimination of labor rights in Greece have failed to either reduce public debt or create growth. On the contrary, the debt skyrocketed from 120% to 180% per GDP and the Greek economy shrunk by 25%. At the same time the social inequality in Greece increased rapidly. Only in 2013 the net income of the Greek ultrahigh rich –these are individuals with more than 30million euros each- increased from a 60bn euros to 70bn euros.  So, lots of wealth was destroyed in Greece during the crisis, but not so much the wealth of the wealthy!

So few days ago the Greek people decided for a change. Let us stop raising the taxes on the low and middle classes of society and start raising the taxes on the rest. At the same time let us redirect the state’s justice and law enforcement mechanisms towards ensuring that all ultrahigh rich are profiting by legal means. Let us break the connection between the Greek oligarchs, the Greek news media and the banks because this triangle of sin adds to the political and financial instability of the Greek state and economy. Instead of asking more loans by our European partners, loans that go into a black hole of an ever expanding debt, let us ask them to give us some time for ensuring that in Greece taxation is distributed justly. Let us inform the average European tax payer that more than 90% of the money “paid” to Greece over the last 5 years in for its bailout never went to Greece but instead went to the private banks of Spain, France, Germany etc. Let us convince them that the debt now is so high and the Greek economy so damaged that it is impossible to pay back all of it. Let us ask them to help us grow the economy again so we can actually pay back some of the money we owe. Let us convince European citizens that a new deal is required for EU where new money and wealth being generated should be directed towards the productive parts of the economy and not only towards the financial institutions such as the banks.

Greeks are now very hopeful of the above. All my family, friends and media tell me that if you walk down on a street in Athens, Crete and anywhere else in Greece you see again smiley faces. They also say that indeed the average Greek is not asking from its new government much more than justice and democracy. My friends and family also ask me what you the Spanish people think of all this? Are you also hopeful?

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Alexandros Stavrinadis

Militant de Syriza

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