Saturday, July 18, 2015

Last Chance Salonika

Now that Greece has officially run out of other people's money, its SYRIZA government has no alternative but...
Work was supposed to begin next year on a 7 billion euros ($7.6 billion) waterfront urban renewal project almost twice the size of New York's Central Park that could have poured nearly a billion euros into Greeces depleted coffers. The plans stalled late last year after the far-left SYRIZA party took power and promised to halt attempts at putting the private sector in control of state assets, both on ideological grounds and because leaders believe rampant corruption must be addressed before any sell-off.

Now, in an attempt to get a third European bailout and prevent the Greek economy from collapsing, the ruling party has done an about-face. It has pledged to fast-track the waterfront project, plus sell government assets and allow for private development of state-owned property, all to generate cash that will help reduce Greeces 320-billion-euro national debt and pay back money lent by European nations to prop up ailing banks.
It took some housecleaning though;
New ministers in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government were sworn in on Saturday after a reshuffle expelled dissidents from his cabinet and began a new phase of negotiations for a third bailout package.

Tsipras sacked hardline former Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and two deputy ministers on Friday in a change that marked a split with the main leftist faction in the ruling Syriza party following a rebellion over the bailout terms.

Panos Skourletis, a close Tsipras ally who left the labor ministry to take over the vital energy portfolio, said the reshuffle marked "an adjustment by the government to a new reality".

1 comment:

  1. In the next to last stage of Socialism, the ideologues are expelled to make way for managers of state enterprises.

    The final stage is centralized Crony Socialism. Most state assets are sold or 99-year leased to pay off debt, and the country's resources are owned by some people. This is rule by the oligarchs, exactly what the Socialists said they were avoiding.

    The slogan of the final stage is: The Capitalists made me do it. We fought the good fight and lost, tempoarily, at this stage in history."

    This slogan is said from lounges, on the patios of palatial houses on the Greek coast, sipping the finest Ouzo. A dignified retirement for the failed and wounded warriors of Socialism.