Monday, January 26, 2015

Never on Sunday


Greece just elected a new prime minister who is promising to remove the austerity program that had been implemented for the country to qualify for bail out loans from the European central banks. He's young (40), he's handsome (our newspaper showed a photo of young girls screaming as if they were attending a rock concert), and.....I have no idea how he plans to do this, but as the saying goes: kαλή τύχη — I wish him good luck. 


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  1. I wonder how the whole europe will end up!

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    1. Me too Ola. I'm still wondering if Greece will leave the Euro and return to the Drachma.

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  2. With a title like the one on this post, I was expecting a conversation with a "lady of the night." As usual, I was wrong. (It is very frustrating to be "usually wrong.")

    I watched the election results with growing interest yesterday. Particularly as Syriza went from 36 per cent support to about 49 per cent. I said to myself, "Well, this is going to be very interesting. An elected socialist."

    Then I thought of another selected socialist. Salvador Allende of Chile. And I wondered how long it would be before Alexis Tsipras would be "take out" through another US-sponsored coup.

    Some things change; some things don't.

    Nonetheless, I wish him well. Though, like Ola, I wonder where this will end.

    Blessings and Bear hugs, Amanda!

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    1. Yes, it's curious how this guy was able to bring to normally polarized parties together to get elected. Time will tell how it all works out.

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  3. i know too little to even comment. any one who has any chance of helping to stabilize a crazy world, i support.

    love
    kj

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    1. i'd like to think he's trying to stabilize a crazy world, but the jury's still out on that one ;))

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  4. 240 billion... that's a hard number to wrap your mind around

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  5. The European Central Bank recently announced quantitative easing (similar to what Obama has been doing) to kick start the Eurozone economy. Austerity alone has not been doing the trick for Europe. Tsipras' timing might be perfect. Still gotta bring the Germans on board who are, understandably, tired of bailing out the Greeks. We shall see.

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    1. I bet the Germans are tired of bailing everyone out. But if Greece goes off the Euro and returns to the Drachma, I wonder if that ultimately would lead to worse problems?

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  6. I am curious about this new leader. I hadn't realized he was so young! It's quite a big job, helping Greece ease its financial woes. Perhaps fresh ideas are needed?

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    1. Fresh ideas are needed - I don't envy his task of dealing with billions of euros in debt and the hardships people have been facing in Greece these past few years.

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  7. I hope he will be successful. I also hope that international corporations won’t hurt his government.

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    1. Me too Vagabonde. I think his biggest task at hand is digging out of debt and creating jobs - I hope he gets all the help he needs for that.

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  8. Everyone will be keeping eyes on this situation - austerity measures and trade sanctions only ever benefit those few with the most $ leverage and never the man on the street - we, the great unwashed. The situation with Russia is a concern too. International policy makers have short memories - trade embargoes/sanctions have a habit of leading to wars!

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    1. Good point Annie - I worry about this dangerous liaison with Russia too...

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