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Words Don’t Come Easy: “I epanastasi tou autonoitou”


Greece’s “self-evident revolution” (Η επανάσταση του αυτονόητου) stumbles over its children’s basic understanding of what’s right and what’s wrong.


© Artwork: Dominik Herrmann

We can lead this country into a new future. Let’s move forward for a better Greece,” cried out election winner and new Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou to his celebrating fans. His party, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, or PASOK for short, won the 2009 elections with an overwhelming 44 percent. “There is money!” was their slogan. One month following their victory the government announced a 15 percent budget deficit. Half a year later Papandreou applied for Greece’s first financial assistance package to protect the country from bankruptcy. In a televised address, the prime minister spoke to his citizens. “Before us lies a difficult journey,” he prophesized. “But we know the way to Ithaca and we have already plotted our path.” …

Read more in the Berlin Policy Journal App – March/April 2016 issue.