Bankruptcy or Austerity for Greeks?

After three attempts of the Greek parliament to select the country's new president , the prime minister, Antonis Samaras, announced that the country is heading to early elections. Since that day a tragicomic 'fight' has started between the president of Nea dimokratia, Antonis Samaras and the president of Siriza, Alexis Tsipras, during their short political campaign.

Mr Samaras claims that the economy of Greece will recover until 2021. He explained that after the elections he will reduce some of the taxes that Greek citizens pay every year. In his speeches he appears to be optimistic about the country's future and he is convinced that the economy is already doing better.

Bankruptcy or Austerity for Greeks?

On the other hand, Mr Tsipras announced a few days ago that he will not continue the strategy of austerity, however he stated that the country will remain in the Eurozone. He will follow a new strategy, which is called "The Thessaloniki Program" in order to fight unemployment and return the country to growth, without mentioning the exact way he is going to achieve that.

Greek citizens though seem to believe no-one of the political leaders, as five years after a long period of austerity and sacrificies, future still remains uncertain for them and their properties. The two leaders resemble to play the game of cat and mouse by blaming each other publicly.

International media follow closely what is happening these days in Greece and their reports present the country's future as bleak. One of the French economic newspapers, La tribune, talks about the 'Grexit', which is nothing else than the country's exit from the Eurozone, especially if Syriza wins the elections, while another French newspaper, Le Monde, reports that Mr Samaras is just promising a new era of austerity for Greeks.

People are called to vote on the 25th of January but they still do not know who they should trust. For them all the options seem like a dead end. And as Platon, one of the most renowned Greek philosophers said: "One of the punishments for those who do not deign to deal with politics is to end up being governed by inferiors."

Greeks are called to make history with their decision in a few days. Will the country be led to a new bankrupt or will the citizens  be led to new measures of austerity?

 

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