Maverick Youth got in touch with a student in Greece who was more than willing to share his perspective of the Eurozone crisis – the very crisis that surrounds him. Here is his story –
If you are aware of a TV show called “The News”, of which you probably are, then you must have heard Greece is going through some difficulties the last six years or so. The aim of this article is not to narrate Greece’s bumpy voyage, but to depict the situation right now, but I can’t get away without any history.
Before the rise of the now popular Alexis Tsipras as the head of the government, older governments had trouble sustaining peace in the heart of Athens each time their signature was written at the end of a document enforcing strict measures to the public. The telly usually transmitted the combat zones of Athens: burning cars, broken stores and young hooded men and women throwing some pieces of the pavement to the police and the cameras. Obviously, nobody agreed that burning someone’s car is the right way to oppose one’s government; however, this shows the anger and disapproval surrounding our little country. And I can assure you, the measures taken cannot solve Greece’s real problems. They were there to prevent the country from passing away.
All these years, governments rose and fell in the name of mediocrity. The highest bidding party won in this game of bad party politics that harmed the economy, education, the health system, and most of all, critical thinking. Most young entrepreneurs who strove for something different found the only open path to be abroad. Inside the border, in order to be accepted to a top university you needed pricey extra lessons beyond schools schedule. For a rapid recovery, you need to illegally pay your doctors to treat you when it’s actually your turn in the queue. To get away with petty crime all you needed was a strong friend. As long as you fed the system, the system fed you too.
However, behind the system’s enormous bureaucratic wall, we all knew that it did not feed our little Mediterranean homeland. When the global crisis occurred, it collapsed. Coincidence? But for the entry into the resourceful eurozone, it probably wouldn’t have lasted this long. And now we, Greeks, feel ashamed of our politicians. We call them thieves, liars and incapable. And yet, most of us did not vote for the ones who were honest, hardworking and ready to sacrifice for the sake of the country. We voted for the ones who promised the least amount of taxation rises, salary and pension cuts and who will protect the system that fed us in the past years. Whoever proposes anything else is immediately abolished by the media as the far right or the farcical or the insane one. Democracy has ceased to be the rule, in its birthplace. A mere ~56.6% of the Greeks voted in the last elections. More than four million people, in a country with ten million voters, are not represented in the parliament. It’s as if half the population feels it doesn’t belong here anymore.
We can feel it in everyday life. People look depressed; working hard because they have to, not because they love working for the benefit of this land anymore. You look into the eyes of your fellow citizen and beyond depression you can see the need for change. We must ask ourselves: Do we deserve to be in the Eurozone? Do we deserve to be a part of the E.U.? I sincerely believe that the answer is no. Moreover, I also believe that the vast majority of the Greeks, especially the youth, ares ready, right now, to endeavour for a massive change in the way of living, that will cease the pathogenesis of the past and rush towards a bright, sustainable and productive future. All that’s needed is a decent leader and a secure environment for change to commence.
That’s why I wrote this for you today – to believe in us.
-An aspirational student