Greece is fast running out of options. The parties have thus far failed to find a way to form a coalition government mainly because the second largest party SYRIZA does not want any part of it.The polls show that if elections were held today, SYRIZA would be the party of choice for the electorate. So they are taking their chances and hope to win a decisive victory . They stated goal is to then begin negotiations with the EU and set forth a program to change what they thing is wrong with Greece.
Clearly the numbers do not add up. They can’t when you propose more spending that you can possibly afford, especially at a time like this when revenues from taxation are at an all time low and people are scrambling to pull their meager savings out of the banks in case of official bankruptcy.
Nonetheless, I have always found that when people want change, attacking what they see as a possible solution, however irrational it may seem to moderates, feeds their anger. They are more afraid of those they already know, than those they do not know well at all.
The months ahead spell tragedy for Greece, the Greek people and difficulties for the EU which I insist should sit back and let this all work itself out one way or another. Barking orders is not attractive. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. I would think that politicians world wide would have at least abided by this universal truth!
Nonetheless, I believe that if elections are inevitable, then people must demand that a government will be formed immediately after their completion. If there is one paper that needs to be signed by all the members of parliament, all the leaders, all the candidates, is that come hell or high water they will work together and govern in June. Nobody owns the truth and the path to salvation. They need to work together if they don’t overwhelmingly prevail (and even if they do).
No election will do the country any good without this kind of guarantee. “Sign for Greece” should be the motto if we want to gain anything positive from this turmoil.