Greek summers

Posted by Antonis D. Papagiannidis 31/07/2017 0 Comment(s) Economia Blog,

Greek summers tend to be protracted, well-organised, family-centered affairs. This has bleached over to the operation of the political system. Late June to early September the normally high fighting spirit characterizing the Greek political class subsides; the aggressive positions usually adopted take a rest; the minds of citizens are left free from the constant attack of political fights.

 

This summer is no exception. Notwithstanding the fact that at least three nasty affairs are brewing, offering plenty of ammunition for discord – the never-ending storytelling of Yanis Varoufakis about what “really” happened in 2015, when Greece neared Grexit; the shadowy affair of Noor 1, the heroin-carrying ship to the finance of which shipping-cum-media-cum sports magnate Marinakis is rumoured to be involved, with Defense Minister Panos Kammenos taking the lead to bring evidence to that effect by congregating by ever more shadowy characters; the Greek branch of a global pharmaceuticals scandal touching half a dozen health ministers – the overall climate is cooling down.

 

The tensions in the economy seem to have subsided and public opinion follows the “scandals scene” somehow puzzled. While the heavy tread of geopolitical matters mounting nearby (Turkey, Cyprus, the West Balkans) is nor really perceived by the legendary man in the street as constituting effective risks. So, summer gets its rights – while the run-up to the Thessaloniki Fair (where economic programmes come traditionally to the fore) will mark the next stop.

 

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