Politicians are quickly responding to developments as abruptly and erratically as the Markets.

It is becoming increasingly clear that politicians that have been strongly criticizing the markets for knee jerk reactions to political negotiations, are now strongly resembling them in their own reactions. Everyday, one reads of how the Euro can survive without Greece and minutes later what a catastrophe it would mean for the eurozone if Greece were expelled.

Ironic, insulting articles abound in the international press. Politicians are making loud statements only to take them back to rephrase shortly after. It shows how problematic politics have become and how they are failing the people.

Meanwhile, in Greece,  the leaders of ND, SYRIZA and PASOK met with the President of the Hellenic Republic. The President is also meeting separately with the leaders of the other smaller parties. It’s going to be a long night, but there is hopeful talk in the air. Let’s wait and see.

It’s clear, however, that the only party that refuses to participate in a government or to lead a government continues to be SYRIZA because he is banking in gaining strength in a repeat election. The pressure on him to change his mind is mounting. They don’t want him off the hook. They want him to carry the entire blame in event of a catastrophe. They are right to want him to share the burden, because the times demand doers and not commentators.

Undoubtedly, the parties are weighing their options against the backdrop of what they can realistically expect that Europeans will allow, to continue to aid Greece out of this crisis.

Meanwhile, in Germany, things are changing as well. According to Spiegel magazine:

“Germany’s political power structures are changing rapidly. Whereas the CDU and the center-left Social Democrats used to dominate elections both regional and national — with the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) often serving as kingmaker — the party landscape is now crowded, with the Greens and the Left Party vying for attention on the left. More importantly, the up-and-coming Pirate Party has recently injected a significant degree of unpredictability into regional elections, making two-party coalition governments increasingly difficult to assemble. Surveys suggest that North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, could provide yet the latest proof of that trend.” (http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/state-election-to-highlight-changing-german-political-landscape-a-832511.html)

Exit polls show a change of guard in the state election of North Rhine-Westphalia. They predict that the Minister of the Environment in Angela Merkel’s government may lose to opponent Hannelore Kraft of the SPD.

I am adding this dimension just to re-iterate that times are turbulent everywhere and patience is a virtue. We are in danger of politicians becoming more fidgety than the markets.


One response to “Politicians are quickly responding to developments as abruptly and erratically as the Markets.

  1. thank your for making your perspectives public via this blog and i have been following this story unfold: interesting articles from your perspective as a journalist and as a former member of new democracy from messinia.

    Question: it seems that you as an individual are embracing teaching about ecologic issues and green technologies and how they will evolve in europe and greece. what i am hearing in greece from relatives is beyond depression, hysteria, anger, and paranoia is a steam of positive self empowered developments. many are returning to the villages and farming their forefather’s land in anticipation of hunger times or “katohi.” Greeks are becoming less dependent and looking to make the land work for them.

    with this an evolving barter economy is evolving: eggs for beans: wine and greek grappa (raki or chiporo) in stead of whisky or beer: potatoes and gourmet sausages for perhaps allowing one to get more water from a local well. people are sharing with each other and working the land. people are producing honey and learning to bottle a superior product.

    now how do we make those engeries and rebuild an economy?

    the question is how do we decentralize control and dependency?

    here are some relavent links to the overall concept that i think would work in your classrooms and perhaps a new greek party that focuses on rebuilding after the evolving situation

    first link is bitcoins:


    second link is off the grid 101


    and a lecture by william mitchell (former dean)


    i will leave the ideas out there but feel that small communities can build currencies that tie into production of green energy and production of exportable food products from greece and create a financial system that is better than anything else including the euro.

    with undoing DEH in greece, locals sould control how they use and exchange energy and borrow surplus to build homes, cooperatives for food packaging, and marketing and pay for shipping to other contries and distribution of their products using modern technology.

    it is interesting the prince william has started a small self sustainalble community in wales: it is very sad the king of greece no longer is but it would be interesting to bring him back as an investor in small similar communities.


    we really need to start to be creative in dealing with our problems and seek out different investors.

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