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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: L’avenir de la Grèce (et de l’Europe) n’est pas écrit !


The future of Greece (and Europe) is not written in stone!

Translated Wednesday 23 September 2015, by Adrian Jordan

The terrible setback suffered by Greece poses a vital question: “how to change the balance of power in Europe and reorient its construction with a view to reformation?”

Black 13 July in Greece saw the transformational Tsipras government shatter on the “hard block” – now formed by the main European powers – and their armed wing: the European Central Bank. This terrible setback – even if Schäuble’s final objectives were not achieved – naturally arouse great disappointment in the European left. Syriza’s experience was the first breech a government has made in the fortress of European austerity. The courage of the Greek leaders in the interminable standoff with “the institutions” has grasped our admiration. Their exemplary loyalty to their citizens has strengthened our confidence. The impressive dignity of the Greek people has boosted our hopes. The disillusionment now matches that hope. In this difficult context, the most diverse, if not contradictory opinions, are expressed in regard to this unfortunate matter. Some of them focus on the Greek leaders, notably the premier, accused of having capitulated, abandoning his people to sacrifice. How do you explain how he continues to receive the confidence of a large part of his people? Is it not entirely because of the respect he has shown them in every way?

First, by giving them the whole picture without seeking to play down the dilemmas nor hush up his own mistakes. Next, by calling on them to tackle the substantive debates which arose among the elected majority. Finally, by remaining faithful to the plan which he created since Syriza’s victory: he has, in effect, done – unlike any of his predecessors have ever done – as much as he possibly could within the constraints imposed by European powers today. Specifically – how do you shift the balance of power in the Europe of today? This is a key point for those harbouring ambitions to reorient (for the good) the construction of Europe with a view to reformation. In this respect, certain movements in the European left demand too high a price be paid – for the illusory and costly vision – of “it only needs”, but ignoring the inescapable need to slowly expand on the fields of action in which we are sorely lacking today. So, for the left, the first question worthy of debate seems to be: do we have the necessary political arsenal – of enduring high quality – in every society, in regard to European issues (without ridiculous oversimplification)? And above all, our strategy of regrouping, of seeking allies, of building links – including at the European level – is it bold enough? To call off the dogs, we must bring weight to bear: sufficient to meet the diverse sensibilities and political reasoning of the people. And it is possible! The crisis of legitimacy of today’s “Union” is ever deepening. The attitude of the current “bosses” regarding Greece has outraged large sections of society, far beyond the progressive movements traditionally engaged in the fight to change Europe! People seeking a united Europe form a legion. That is why the future of Greece, and Europe, is not written in stone. It is time for the left to once again take the initiative.

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