Society in Greece and how will it be like in the future?
Greece’s economic crisis unfortunately goes on. If you ask me; I would personally describe it as an Odyssey without an end. I’ve lived in Greece all my life. That’s approximately 40 years. Also, I have experienced different situations. From my experience so far and from what my parents and grandparents have told me; life was constantly improving in Greece since the end of World War 2. Until fairly recently that is; when the crisis started in 2009.
It’s literally a sock to see your life; and the life of society living around you to get worse day by day. Especially when during the largest part of your life, things were getting better and better as years went by. Optimism turned into frustration; and eventually it became disappointment. At first people in the society were rebellious and angry. This was because this situation was the result of bad politicians and their decisions… Not what many people in society abroad think.
Since the crisis started I’ve read hundreds of articles and opinions about the situation. Few addressed the real cause of the problem; which in my opinion was the politicians themselves. Not the ordinary society. I’ve read about lazy Greeks and such. But these were written by people in the society who have no idea of what’s happening in the country.
The political situation in Greece
Let’s leave the past to the past now. Because I have many connections abroad. There are friends and people in society who I know, that ask me how I think things will be in a few years. If Greece is going to overcome this obstacle. I can give you some present facts; that justify what I believe will happen next.
Nonetheless, I believe that my country will not end up alone and bankrupt. Eventually things will reach the bottom; and slowly start improving again. From what I have understood the fate of Greece is not on its own hands. Although I’m really not sure if that’s a good thing of a bad thing. Old political parties that led Greece to this disaster were punished by the society. For example; PASOK that had been the leading party for decades ended up to become a very week party with single digits.
SYRIZA on the contrary became the government in Greece. Although, it had declared that it had promised a lot. It said that it would fight hard against austerity measures as well as policies. Apparently it was obliged or ordered; you can pick the word that you think is best; by the E.U.. Along with the I.M.F. to stay in line with their program. Actually SYRIZA ended up saying that it does not believe in the measure but nevertheless it has to follow them… It is evident that this will probably make the party lose its leading role in Greece; until the next election. Although it was considered by many in the country as the only viable option politically.
Economic crisis: What can we expect now?
The fact is that one way or another; things did not change and are not expected to change either. The recession is growing and there’s no visible hope. Austerity measures had impacted everyone. Especially the poorest, as well as people in the society whom are literally living at their limits. There’s no way things can keep on the same plan. This is because there’s nothing more to give. Overtaxation has made thousands of companies to close down; has made unemployment rates sky rocket. Still, economic indications follow a downturn.
However, I believe something big is going to happen in the next 2-3 years; after public companies have all been sold. Also, there’s are no further options for income domestically. There’s no way the enormous debt of the country to be repaid; even if the economy finds a balance. This means, I think, that a debt cut will eventually be decided and possibly an exit from the Eurozone. In order to make economic management more elastic.
Even if things start to become better; there have been so many things that were lost for Greeks in the last 6 years. I really doubt that we can return to life standards of 2009. Just before the start of the crisis. It will take decades to recover. Greece will become one of the poorest countries in the EU; if not the poorest. Is this better than actually going bankrupt? Yes, for the majority of people in the society; maybe. But it may be even harder to survive for the poorer. For now we can just wait and see what happens.