Friday, April 26, 2013

Alekos Alavanos and the 'Plan B' Party

This is an interesting article about Alekos Alavanos who has recently formed the 'Plan B' Party. I have not read about Alekos Alavanos before. Going by the content of the article, I agree that he might be hitting a nerve, a nerve which is not only a nerve in Greece and in the periphery but also in Northern countries.

I take it Alekos Alavanos is a Communist. So much more is it interesting that his arguments are very similar to those of the newly-formed German party 'Alternative für Deutschland' (AfD), which is described as a center-right movement.

If I understand the arguments of Alavanos and AfD correctly, they are: the Euro is not only damaging the overall economy of the Eurozone but essentially destroying the economies of some countries altogether; the Euro is creating enormous political divisions between North and South; and, finally, the Euro is, again, making Germans the most hated people in Europe. If these trends are not corrected, they will lead to disaster.

Personally, I still think these trends could be corrected through policies which aim at re-balancing the flow of products, services and investments within the Eurozone but to this date I see not a single EU politician taking steps in that direction. Without such steps, Alavanos and AfD may very well turn out to be successful.

1 comment:

  1. Mr Alavanos Plan B, has a complex approach-for my view- about the feasibility for creating that party the specific period. Especially if the target is a different plan without euro in Greece and in other countries.
    Syriza has a considerable percentage of voters supporting relatively higher than other parties the return to a national currency, except Communist party and some smaller.
    The main issue is whether the targeting is to "cover" a political audience which possibly finds Syriza to have shifted "previous extreme views".
    If this party will cover this "space" with convincing manner using the difficult reality so as to "steal" voters from Syriza... or to discourage another party creation with the same agenda from taking possible voters from Syriza, but with more hostile manner towards Syriza.
    Mr Alavanos was the one who helped A Tsipras to become leader for Syriza even if he was supplanted after a period.
    If mr Alavanos steal voters from Syriza will possibly prohibit Syriza to become a government, if not a political party which present a plan b a return to national currency will have fail, BUT giving Syriza a more centre left image.