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Greece Will Hold Elections Again; Then What?

So, here we are. Seven days after the elections, we are right back where we started. Elections. Again. Yet anyone living in Greece realizes that elections in a month won’t change much. And it  really is frustrating that seven days after the elections, some people both from abroad and in Greece seem surprised and shocked with the result. What exactly did the Europeans expect Greeks to vote for after the past two and half years? Would they vote as if they were rich Swiss or German businessmen? Isn’t it normal that they would want to react?
Greeks are in pain. They suffer because they pay a price for a crime they didn’t commit while those who profiteered extortionately in the glory days of Greece’s capitalist euphoria never became accountable. It is the feeling of injustice that produced the result of the May 6 election. This deeply entrenched feeling of injustice already felt by the Greeks is identified with the memorandums and the series of taxation policies against personal income that makes bare survival questionable for too many at a time when thousands become unemployed on a daily basis.
The situation in Greece is chaotic. The social insurance system has crippled, the hospitals and schools  are underfunded, many are losing access to education, care and preventive services. The tax evasion has increased and the public sector is paralyzed. Nothing works.
What is really shocking then, is not the result. It is the inability of the Greek politicians to deal with the result. Some of them like Tsipras suddenly got taller and arrogant, while others like Antonis Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos got the short end of the stick and can’t come to terms with the fact that they changed categories overnight.
Watching the news for the past seven days has been a truly traumatic experience. While Greece clearly teeters on the verge of political chaos and country “leaders” argue like a bunch of seven-year-olds – who’s right or wrong – while the prospect of the nation leaving the euro zone is looming increasingly.
Yes, given the current polls, Alexis Tsipras should be very happy and proud as his left-wing, anti-austerity party that placed second will now have a chance to form a government. Yet he really hasn’t said what he intends to do the day he becomes a prime minister – most probably because he doesn’t have a clue.
Samaras on the other hand, has a lot to worry about and so he’s trying to eliminate Kammenos using Byzantine-style methods with secret non-papers to get a share of his 10% as a second defeat would surely lead to elections within his party  for a new leader. Venizelos, the man who’s responsible for one of the most shameful laws voted in the Greek parliament, the ministerial immunity law, seems really sad and depressed and admits that PASOK is a corrupted party, a titanic that needs a fresh new thirty-something leader – albeit not now because he’s the leader! Greeks do not deserve this political system. Greek youth isn’t responsible for this chaos and yet they are the ones who are asked to pay the price. They are asked to work for 580 euros. The real problem in Greece is this desperate generation. This is a generation that cheerfully grew up believing that it’s going to live in a bubble that just burst. So why would this generation vote otherwise? And why would anyone believe that this generation is going to find hope after the next elections?

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