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Uncertainty and instability in Greece after yesterday's strike

05 February 2016 / 15:02:06  GRReporter
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The general strike yesterday was a serious blow to SYRIZA. The government is already facing the dilemma of whether to insist on the implementation of agreements with creditors or if, under pressure from its voters, it will be dragged by another delay and reserves with all the consequences for the Greek economy.

The Prime Minister and the main government group seem to have chosen their camp. All statements and assurances to their partners and creditors imply intentions for compromises in the negotiations, even on more difficult issues such as the changes in the pension system. The general feeling is that Alexis Tsipras has chosen to do everything necessary to complete the first monitoring of the programme implementation and along with it to solve the migrant and refugee crisis which is crucial for the European partners.

During the meeting in London, the message of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Greek Prime Minister was clear, "Complete the monitoring and we will deal with the massive refugee crisis."

All who follow the developments in Europe are aware that this is the new big problem facing the old continent, from Sweden to Greece and from Portugal to Poland.

In this sense, the common belief is that Tsipras who is facing internal problems does not have many choices. He cannot escape because he will lose power and will disappear from the political horizon. Most likely, he will seek a compromise with partners, hoping that he will be able to push it through in his country.

Apparently, he will find a solution to the pension system, even if he has to sacrifice the Minister for Employment in order to be able to calmly respond to the great European pressure in connection with the refugee crisis.

Everything indicates that the crisis and the attempts to overcome it will transfer to the parliament where the losses for the government will become clear as well as the dilemmas of the opposition.

The bad thing is that for at least another two months Greece will be in the grip of instability, insecurity and internal conflicts, with all the possible consequences for the Greek economy.

Tags: StrikesRefugee crisisEuropean partnersCreditors
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