The catalyst for national transformation emanates from abroad as opposed to coming from home. Considering the status quo in Greece, extending the vote to Greeks overseas is a necessary and essential step forward on a long and arduous road to recovery.
Alexis Tsipras is now alone, without the power of magic, he must prove that, apart from a risk-taking gambler and charismatic claimant of elections, he can also be an effective manager of a government that has 10 months to perform a miracle.
On April 23rd, 2010, Prime Minister George Papandreou issued an announcement: "It is absolutely necessary that we make a formal request to our partners to activate the support mechanism we and the other members of the EU have created together."
The way things now stand, Europe's impending "support" for Greece beginning in October merely means tolerating the same genre of defiant yet deeper cuts in public expenditure than before.
The vote is set for September 20.
However a document prepared by Germany for a meeting of EU finance officials on Thursday made clear Berlin wants Athens to
BERLIN -- Not long ago, German politicians and journalists confidently declared that the euro crisis was over; Germany and the European Union, they believed, had weathered the storm. Today, we know that this was just another mistake in an ongoing crisis that has been full of them. The latest error, as with most of the earlier ones, stemmed from wishful thinking -- and, once again, it is Greece that has broken the reverie.
The fact that you have to ask shows their policies are not very clear. Various members of Syriza have made lots of radical
Greek Elections: An Impressive Albeit Pyrrhic Victory for SYRIZA If It Can't Garner Broader EU Support
Greece's and Europe's long-term best interests require the kind of reform that Greek governments have failed to pursue. And neither Mr. Tsipras nor any other individual leader or single country can be expected to contribute to such a policy shift without quick, clear and strong EU and social alliances.
Syriza has campaigned against the austerity measures imposed as a condition of Greece's bailouts by the "troika" -- EuroZone