Interview of SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras in Der Spiegel International
He is talking sense! Exiting the Euro is not a viable option but sticking with deeper austerity and deeper recession is not an option either. Of course this is political table tennis and when Tsipras will have the ball in his court (hopefully, after the 17 June election) he will have to play well with our European fellow member states to convince them that austerity is destructive for Greece and for all. he will also have to convince them that he can set the Greek public administration and state into new foundations.
He will have to prove that he stands by his promises of meritocracy, combatting corruption and clientelism along with bringing back growth. A tough bet especially since as Tsipras also admits many/most citizens have been part of the system and have sustained it. actually it seems to me like the former Polish leaders, the Kazinsky brothers who some years ago were requiring all people who had been age 18 or over in 1989 to sign a declaration that they had not collaborate with the Communist regime. as if that was an option in communist Poland?! same in Greece: was it an option not to be co-opted in clientelism?
However the question also remains: how many Greek citizens have realised that the way they treated the state and behaved as citizens was not sustainable. Greek society does not only need individually rational citizens but also a collectively rational project on which everybody will contribute. This is perhaps the highest hope that is put on SYRIZA. I sincerely hope that together with other relevant left wing forces they will deliver!!
[Data on Greece’s debt are taken from Der Spiegel International: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/the-greece-situation-goes-from-bad-to-worse-fotostrecke-82346.html]