To my mind, Sunday’s elections result reveals three things:
- The strong impact of the fear imposed on Greeks of a Grexit by local and international media. See also my opinion regarding Grexit here
- The responsibility of the Greek Communist Party that refused to compromise and form a powerful left with Syriza
- The fear and frustration of Greeks at the lack of effective immigration policies exploited by the effective propaganda of Golden Dawn who garnered a stunningly high percentage of total votes.
The dominant word above is fear.
Fear factor, in times of political turmoil, like in the Greek case, appears to be catalytic.
Propagandists from media and political parties are perfectly aware of that- needless to say more- we witnessed it the last days (Bild, Financial Times Deutschland articles and so on..)
Syriza won’t eventually form a coalition government with Nea Dimokratia and Pasok, as it has been obvious so far.
I fully agree and I explain myself with an example from recent Greek history:
In the second rerun of 1989 elections on the 5th of November, (the first run was held in June), the Greek Communist Party and Synaspismos (part of today’s Syriza) finally formed a coalition government with Nea Dimokratia and Pasok.
Consequently, there was a major break up of Greek Communist party youth and a great wave of disappointment as a result of that move.
What has to be kept in mind is that the prolongation of the Greek slow economic death with the rise of Nea Dimokratia and its allies to power isn’t equivalent to a solution to the Greek problem at all.
The coalition government, between Nea Dimokratia and Pasok to start with, leading the new “Titanic”, will I am afraid implement dead end European financial policies obediently.
The domino effect for the other “PIIGS” and Eurozone might not be avoided.
However, if Syriza handles the situations properly and becomes a strong oppositional poll, the significant rise of the Left is on the way.
If not, fascism will play its’ extremely harmful part in the Greek society: An unprecedented assault will be launched on journalists, leftists, immigrants..
Although it has already begun..
In the 300 movie, (despite the fact that I am not a fan of it), there’s a scene in which Theron, a fictional corrupted Spartan politician takes advantage of Leonidas absence and approaches sexually Queen Gorgo (Leonidas’ wife) supposedly in exchange for his help in persuading the Spartan council to send reinforcements to Leonidas.
For her husband’s sake, Queen Gorgo submits herself to him.
Theron then tells her: “What did you expect? It will be long and it will be painful..”
I would say the same for Greece..
NOTE: Before Sunday’s elections, Jon Henley of Guardian asked many of the people he had met (me included) during the past 10 days or so in Greece to send him their reaction to the elections results. You can find my part here as well as many other interesting views.
Also, I would highly recommend that you follow this link in order to read some really interesting human stories from Henley during his stay in Greece.