Monday, July 6, 2015
A Greek and European Tragedy
Non Greek but top economists suggest the Greeks should vote No to the austerity Europe in imposing on them. 246 Greek professors of economics beg to differ. Me, I think the local professors are right because the outsider have no skin in the game.
You can't just look at economics. Politics and and nature of Greek society is even more important and will determine economic behavior. Local economics dons remember how successive governments print Drachmas like there were no tomorrow. It is not workable.
Either way we have a Greek tragedy and a head wound on Europe. Under test we discover there are no Europeans but Germans, French, Dutch, Italians etc.,
Europe is fragile. The whole is clearly less than the sum of its parts. And it looks like after writing I forgot to click "Publish" last night.
From the WSJ earlier I found,
Face is more important than life. The Greeks would not be humiliated. I think these people with no reason to be so proud. Forget about ancient Greece. You have not lived up to your early achievements.
It would be better as the 246 of your own economists suggested to remain in the Eurozone. On the other hand it is unrealistic to expect them to have voted differently.
A meek but strong people cannot be vanquished. I looked over the world and cannot find such a society in our times.
If there is any doubt about Merkel's and European leadership, that is now confirmed.
Update: 10:00 am
The Germans fail to see how immature they are. The Greeks are no better but the initiative and power is with Deutschland. How much are you prepared to keep Europe together? Whilst Greeks were cheating the rest of Europe had chosen to look the other way. Now the birds have come home to roost.
Excellent how Thomas Piketty exposed Germany's hypocrisy.
Picketty is right.
Update: July 10 10:10pm
To me damage has already been done from over indulgence in brinkmanship.
The small Baltic states rightly pointed out that they could live with much less, why can't the Greeks also. Well these southern species are spoilt. If austerity makes them stronger, well and good. To be practical they would rather roll over and die.
At the end of the day the Germans must recognize there are strict limits getting their neighbors to adopt German ways and values. Want to make the union work, be realistic. Impractical ideals only create time bombs which will explode often at the most inconvenient time.
Posted by PengYou at 6:18 AM