Sunday, May 2, 2010
Disunity in Greece
The Greek government and the people of the Greece are disunited over extreme government measures to deal with the country's near financial collapse.
At issues in the ongoing Greek riots is whether or not the Greek government is representing the Greek people as a whole, or favouring big business over the interests of the people, and whether or not the Greek government should cave in to international monetary organizations like the IMF.
Prime Minister George Papandreou said today that Greece has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund and European Union on a rescue package in the amount of 120 billion euros. The deal will help Greece avoid a debt default and prevent Greek economic problems from spreading throughout Europe.
In the televised statement, Mr. Papandreou said he would do anything to avoid the country going bankrupt. He urged Greeks to accept “great sacrifices.”
“I have done and will do everything not to let the country go bankrupt,” he said appearing sober and resolved in front of his Cabinet and appealing to Greeks to show patriotism at a moment of deep crisis. “We want to show that Greece is changing, going through a rebirth. We are talking about historic changes.”
Also, Mr. Papandreou suggested that public sector employees' salaries would be lashed, and members of parliament would not receive bonuses, and retired civil servants' pensions would be scaled back.
A common theme in 21st Century democracy is a growing disconnection between democratic governments and the people these governments are suppose to represent.
Video of Greek Riots