What’s happening in Greece? News from the front lines of Europe!
Summary: The euro crisis began 30 months ago. The cheers for each new solution proved unwarranted. Likewise the fears of the skeptics, as the periphery nations have held together under horrific stress. So far. Here we look at public sentiment in Greece. See the For More Information section at the end.
My guess: Europe’s leaders continue their program of austerity plus government loans. They see this as penicillin. In fact it’s a toxic brew of hemlock and morphine. Europe’s economies will continue to deteriorate, but the political situation will remain stable until social cohesion breaks somewhere.
This poll gives us a status report from Greece. Even there a majority remain loyal to the great unification project (which US conservatives falsely describe as forced upon Europe by its elites). But as the depression deepens, an increasingly number of defectors give their loyalty to extreme parties. Greece and Spain are the fault lines; watch there for something to snap.
From Sky News of Greece (ΣΚΑΪ), 17 September 2012 — via Google Translate:
54% of respondents stated that they do not trust any party.
… With regard to the Memorandum, 68% opposed the Memorandum and 21% favor it.
9% believes that compared with a year ago, our country’s position in the world became stronger. The corresponding rate in May was 5%. In contrast, 60% consider that the position of our country became weaker, while 31% believe the country’s position remained the same. Still, 46% considered unlikely to bankrupt the Greek state in the next 12 months compared to 47% in July and 38% in May.
… About the European Union, 52% declare it positively and 44% negatively.
… Also, 67% of respondents have a positive opinion about the euro, compared to 72% in July and 77% in May. Negative opinions about the common currency increased to 31% in September, from 26% in July and 22% in May.
… The survey was conducted during the period 6-11 September 2012.
I don’t know what this graph is measures, but the trend can’t be good. PASOK is the first listed; Golden Dawn the last. Perhaps this will be biblical: the last will be first.
For more information
(a) Articles about Europe:
- “Greece grapples with shadow of Golden Dawn“, Financial Times, 21 September 2012
- “Catalan official makes fresh warning to government over independence“, EL PAÍS, 21 September 2012
- “Catalonia Cries for Independence, Spain Might Break Apart, And Its Military Threatens To ‘Crush’ The ‘Vultures’”, Wolf Richter, Testosterone Pit, 21 September 2012
(b) See all posts about Europe on the FM Reference Page Europe – on the road to division or unification.
(c) Posts about Greece:
- A great speech by the PM of Greece. How soon until an American President says similar words?, 3 March 2010
- The EU does Kabuki for Greece. Is it the next domino to fall?, 14 April 2010
- Important: Former Central Bank Head Karl Otto Pöhl says bailout plan is all about ‘rescuing banks and rich Greeks’, 20 May 2010
- Hot news! The Wehrmacht failed to take Greece. Now Germany tries again, with a different method., 28 January 2012
- Europe has chosen a harsh future. All the paths for Greece lead into darkness., 24 February 2012
- A note from Athens: Feeling on the ground has palpably changed, 1 March 2012 — A clear sign that the Greek people are ready for change
- Whither Greece after the election? Why do they stay on a doomed course?, 18 June 2012