Today, Monday 14 November 2011, a new act opens in the Greek tragicomedy. Mr. Lucas Papademos’new government is presenting its programme in Parliament in a few minutes. At the same time, several unions, supported by left wing forces and parties, are demonstrating in Syntagma Square.
The whole Sunday we have been bombarded by opinion polls: the Greek people’s acceptance of the new government ranges, according to the dominant mass media, from 75 to 80%. This percentage can be interpreted in many ways: the Greek public is exhausted by the policies of PASOK and expects something better from a new Prime Minister, who is an acknowledged and capable economist. Unfortunately, in this euphoria they forget that the “new government” is anything but new, that the austerity measures have been agreed and will be enforced, that new cuts are constantly announced and that unemployment is galloping. There is a section of the population, those who have been worst hit, who are doubtful but still want to hope. On the other hand, one must keep in mind that the propaganda machine of the ruling forces is working overtime to give the austerity measures a “face lift”.
The new government’s perspectives
PASOK seems to be the only winner in this situation: It has managed to make its main opponent (New Democracy) part of the crisis by its participation in the interim government. The new government will ratify the harsh austerity measures Mr. Papandreou agreed to and will therefore take a part of the blame. The 6th installment of the loan will be delivered and elections have been postponed till mid February.
A further proof of the PASOK adventurism is the inclusion of LAOS in this “new” government. This move “legitimizes” to the eyes of the people a xenophobic, fascist prone party. The repercussions of this decision may be graver than is now estimated.
The big losers are the Greek working people whose voice is utterly drowned. The ousting of Mr.Papandreou has satisfied the feelings of betrayal but in the long run will not be of much use since the policies will not change.
The only visible solution is national elections the soonest possible and under a new electoral law that will allow a change in the balance of powers. This change is necessary in order to change the policies implemented.