You were just saying that Greece´s moment in Europe is now. Perhaps that sounds self-centred?
Indeed, many will think so. They will say: Greece is a small country; it
must adapt itself to Europe. On the other hand, how can we explain the
European and global interest in the upcoming Greek elections? A lot of
the political debates and academic articles being published now,
regard Greece, and are linking the Greek to the European future.
It is not just about what happens in a small country. It´s about
Europe’s future direction. Some say sarcastically, "SYRIZA doesn´t
provide answers on how to change Greece, how can it change Europe?"
That’s the issue. Greece intends to actively participate in the shaping
of European perspectives. Something like that has never happened.
Greek elections are defined by the dilemmas of today's Europe. They
display, from a reverse point of view, just how deeply Greece is
involved in the European dilemmas. Would you like to elaborate more on these dilemmas? On the 10th of November I attended a speech by Economics Nobel Prize
winner Christopher Pissarides, at Harvard University. Pissarides said
the recession and unemployment rates in Europe will worsen, because the
policy being currently pursued is structurally defective. This policy
attacks labour markets via austerity programs, while the issues that
should be tackled with concern debt and the politico-economic riddle.
Eurozone countries have the same currency, while interest rates and loan
agreements vary across them, so that some win, while others lose.
Pissarides put great emphasis on the issue of debt, highlighting the
Christian term «forgiveness».
This means a generalized and agreed debt
cut, and it is in the spirit of SYRIZA's proposal for a European debt
relief conference, ensuring of course that no additional debts will be
generated. As you see, we are not talking about an eccentric or populist
anti-European proposal, but about serious involvement in the solution
of the dept issue, Europe´s problem par excellence. This is not a choice though, it´s a necessity...