Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Was Nun Auf Tsipras und Seine Regierung Zukommt

For those who read German I link below my assessment of Tsipras/SYRIZA after the election, as published in nzz.at.

Was nun auf Tsipras und seine Regierung zukommt

If you can't open this link because of restricted access, you can also find it here.


  1. Interesting read. Thanks for the link. According to Ekathimerini legislation aiming at implementing some of the "Thessaloniki programme" are already on its way: http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_26/01/2015_546550

  2. der zukünftige Finanzminister Griechenlands, der noch Syriza-Berater (bald Finanzminister)Theòdoros Paraskevòpoulos war im gestrigen Mittagsjournal in Ö1 - eine Maoist reinsten Wassers
    Gruss Boris von Luhovoy

  3. Ein sehr ausgewogener, gut informierter Artikel, indem ich auch meine Bedenken wiederfinde. Deutlich besser als das, was man sonst in den Medien findet! Das wird viele Leser, die sich nicht so intensiv mit dem Thema beschäftigt haben, auf den aktuellen Stand bringen. Gute Arbeit, die sich auf die Meinungsbildung der Bevölkerung auswirken wird! Wäre gut, wenn immer Experten in die Bresche springen würden, wenn der Journalismus versagt. Demokratie braucht Informationen!

  4. There is one aspect of the whole ”Greek crisis” which I think has not been mentioned very much, and that is the geopolitical situation in south-eastern Europe, and the relationship between the EU and Russia.

    I think it is not very farfetched to assume that a Grexit and its consequences might eventually push Greece into the arms of Russia. Panos Kammenos, the leader of the ”Independent Greeks”, has already argued for a closer cooperation with Russia. Putin certainly would appreciate a stronger presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.

    That kind of scenario is probably not seen as a positive one neither from a EU- nor from a USA/Nato-perspective. That might actually strengthen the Greek hands in the up-coming negotiations with the Troika.

  5. The early signs of Syriza governance are getting worse.

    Apart from reopening public-sector car-inspection centers, it is now cancelling the privatization of the Piraeus port, as well as pubic-sector layoffs that have already taken place.

    At the same time, it creates friction over the issue of Ukraine.

    Effectively, Syriza is cancelling the memorandum, while providing no answers about how it's going to cover the financing gap that such decisions are going to create.

    The Europeans aren't going to stand for such behavior.

    My prediction: best-case scenario is closed banks and atms, worst-case scenario is grexit.

  6. Well, I agree with your comments, but wouldn't closed banks and arms almost certainly lead to a grexit?

  7. Worse still. Syriza is cancelling the privatization of the electricity-company, and is de facto putting the banks under government control.


  8. Since yesterdays and todays Greek headlines, all our well-meaning blogs about a compromise have become irrelevant, even this one. This is not about left or right, it is an infantile ego trip about being against. "Ich esse meine Suppe nicht". We Shall see about the last part. "Er wog vielleicht ein halbes Lot, und war am fuenften Tage tot". Of cause there is no plan B, they are burning their bridges so none can desert them.
    Now all there is left is to sit down and Observe Greece, that should be interesting.

  9. Yes, it's getting scary. Are they really hoping Putin will bail them out?