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Home / Media Index / Articles / Choice - Greece | Friday, September 4, 2015

The Greeks' rude awakening

Three weeks after the parliament in Athens approved new austerity measures and the creditors' terms the liberal website Protagon describes the mood in the country: "For some months, perhaps even more than a year, the Greek people were drunk with the promises and visions of a gifted demagogue. … At the height of their rapture more than 62 percent of them voted for Greece's independence and sovereignty, for its independence from the evil foreigners. … And then all of a sudden we had a rude awakening. The world was not what the talented orator had promised. The country was in an even worse economic situation than before (our proud negotiations cost us another 60 billion euros), the banks were closed, there was no magician to bring us gifts and the austerity programme turned out to be the only solution."

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