Greek Test

According to The Guardian, these are the conditions that Syriza, the alternative (non orthodox communist) left party that has finally smashed the post-dictatorship political party system in Greece, is setting for parties that want to be part of a possible coalition. The recent elections saw the combined share of the vote of the socialists (PASOK) and the conservatives (New Democracy) that have dominated the poitical system since the mid-7os, fall from 80% to around 30%.

1) The immediate cancellation of all impending measures that will impoverish Greeks further, such as cuts to pensions and salaries.

2) The immediate cancellation of all impending measures that undermine fundamental workers’ rights, such as the abolition of collective labor agreements.

3) The immediate abolition of a law granting MPs immunity from prosecution, reform of the electoral law and a general overhaul of the political system. According to Keep Talking Greece, that would include abolishing the 50-seat bonus for the party which wins the most seats.

4) An investigation into Greek banks, and the immediate publication of the audit performed on the Greek banking sector by BlackRock.

5) The setting up of an international auditing committee to investigate the causes of Greece’s public deficit, with a moratorium on all debt servicing until the findings of the audit are published.

Can the EU really reject such a call and still pose as a ‘club of democracies’?

Can any of the other parties reject these conditions and have any hope in any resulting general election if  a government cannot be formed?

It will also be interesting to see how much of the deficit was due to money flowing back to the ‘core’ EU economies and not into the pockets of the ‘lazy Greeks’.

Who would have thought 10 years ago that the alternative non communist left anywhere in the world would ever be in a position to pose such a ‘test of explication’ that would have markets all around the world going into a dive a few minutes after its announcement!

With the markets reacting like that, is Merkel really ready to take the test and see what will happen if she lets Greece go to the wall?


  1. Is the practical rule of democracy (people voting to have a government represent their political will) a “test”? Some used to think that that was supposed to be the “testbed”, not the “test” proper!

  2. nikip

    Good point! It seems to me the test is the 5 conditions which make visible according to what others do a whole range of entanglements.

  3. panik

    Woudn’t be suprised to find some of the Greek deficit here:

    Architect Santiago Calatrava accused of ‘bleeding Valencia dry’

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