Arab Today, arab today a change in attitudes key challenge for greece
Last Updated : GMT 13:10:27
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

A change in attitudes key challenge for Greece

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today A change in attitudes key challenge for Greece

Athens - AFP

The crippling debt crisis has dominated Greek political life for the past two years but more than an economic problem, a solution requires a fundamental change in attitudes, analysts say. A political system built on patronage and favour has to go, they argue, if the country is to come to terms with its straitened circumstances and its dependence on the EU and International Monetary Fund to stay afloat. From the restoration of democracy in 1974 with the ouster of the military, Greek politics has centred around two main parties -- the Socialist Pasok and the centre-right New Democracy. Each based on long-lived political dynasties, the two parties consolidated their power through patronage, offering state jobs to supporters in a process which built up a web of clients and contacts across the country. The result was an ever larger public sector whose huge cost helped push the national debt up to some 160 percent of gross domestic product, way above the EU limit of 60 percent and far beyond what Greece can afford. Analysts say the debt crisis means this system is coming to an end. "It cannot be any other way. None of the parties can now offer jobs to the people, they can't," political analyst Thomas Gerakis told AFP. Nikos Dimou, a well-known political commentator, said "the problem here is cultural. For years, the people were used to the state creating and giving out jobs." As for tax evasion, widespread and loudly blamed for making the debt problem even worse, "that was not considered to be a crime, but a right," Dimou said. "We have to change this attitude," he added. Analyst Athanasios Theodorakis, who now also works for the foreign ministry, said the political parties cannot just return to the old ways. "Society has other demands now. The parties cannot hope to lead the youth with old formulas. What they want now is a rational management of resources." Sotiris Panoutsopoulos, 32, a New Democracy activist makes the point. "One good thing about this crisis is that now the people are judging the political parties on what they can do for the country, not what they can do for your family." Can the established political parties change with the times and meet the new challenge to provide principled, effective and impartial modern government? For Theodorakis, the answer is no. Pasok and New Democracy "neither want to, nor are able to (change) because of their organisation and their mentality. It is possible that they could be overtaken by events." Analysts say change is underway, with new lines of division seen in the old parties driven by attitudes towards the European Union, which with the IMF bailed out Greece in 2010 to save it from default. A second EU-IMF debt rescue agreed in October with even tougher austerity measures for Greece and has proved hugely unpopular. Last month, it sparked the ouster of the Socialist government of George Papandreou and his replacement by a technocratic coalition led by Lucas Papademos, a former European Central Bank deputy chief who was asked to lead the country through its dire economic circumstances. "The new political fault line is between those in favour of Europe and those against Europe," said Nikos Sotiropoulos, in charge of political analysis of the younger generation for New Democracy. The two factions are already present in the main parties which could splinter and form new groupings, he added. Dimou said he did not expect susbstantial change soon, perhaps in "one or two generations." This change "will begin with the young, those who are aged 20-30 years but they will not be the ones to finish it. Nonetheless, the seed has been planted in the ground and a new mentality will come."

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today a change in attitudes key challenge for greece Arab Today, arab today a change in attitudes key challenge for greece

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Blind sheikh buried in Egypt

GMT 06:32 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Blind sheikh buried in Egypt
Arab Today, arab today Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 15:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 16:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

US Treasury chief tells IMF to monitor currencies

GMT 16:08 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Qatari banks merger to rebalance financial sector

GMT 05:57 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Britain risks clash with EU over RBS bailout

GMT 05:26 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Singapore carbon tax would hit refiners, help renewables

GMT 05:18 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Chinese PM: US should avoid ‘trade war,’

GMT 20:59 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Economy good, but homes in German cities overpriced

GMT 05:29 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Sovereign funds pulled $38bn from markets in 2016

GMT 05:15 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Gold firms as markets await Trump tax plans
View News in Arabic - Business: نفط وبتروكيماويات
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'

GMT 05:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 06:41 2017 Monday ,20 February

Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 07:51 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Mom's immune system accepts babies

GMT 17:46 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Tourist guide reveals methods of tourist attractions

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday