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    Greece's Politics of Emotions

    by: Marios P. Efthymiopoulos (PhD)
    Assistant Professor, of International Security & Strategy
    American University in the Emirates, Dubai, UAE
    Email: marios.panagiotis@aue.ae

    Greece is completely surrounded with emotions. Emotions which created a ‘negative vibe’ for the last five years. Negative emotions were created. The bail-out procedure created hate, fear and/or humiliation. Emotions now characterize Greek society in Greece. A society, which lives in anxiety and stress. Greece and Greeks have taken the bail-out personally.

    It is widely believed that Greece was either manipulated by people inside or outside Greece. Greeks were humiliated, although they have done a good job getting over the events of the 20th century. Greeks were keen in joining the Eurozone in 2001, marking this as a new start.

    Emotions of pride were observed, when informed that Greece is now part of the Eurozone by 2001. Greece held an important role among the leaders and creators of an integrated European Union. A union that was now more than ever integrated and inter-connected with each other. Stakes were high for the market share. But it was worth it.

    The Olympic Games that followed in 2004, provided evidence of a strong rising country, stable, secure and developed. Rising from the dark pages of the 20th century wars and conflicts, Greece would follow a European leaders’ path and a globalist trade country path, marking Greece as a country of peace, prosperity, growth, development and culture.

    Sustainable European Growth, was projected as an inside job for Greece’s further and complete integration process. This was the new agenda. Growth equally meant more European Integration. Mass planning and construction in basic infrastructure and administrational issues, would render Greece a strong European partner. Strong Europe would last forever. It would give rise to opportunity. This was now Greeks "land of opportunity".

    Greece’s positive emotions in front of the forthcoming European Integration, urged for plans to construct a foreign policy and strategic planning about regional perspectives. Perspectives that developed onwards from the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989. Greece should continue to project its foreign policy role in the Balkans. Should increase its role in the Middle East, from the resolution to the Cyprus issue to the emerging relations with Arab states but also Israel. Notwithstanding the long-relations to re-emerge from Egypt to Jordan and the North African states, were Greek presence has been acknowledged.

    Even more so, the Greek-Turkish relations were to emerge as a leading phenomenon in the region. The Earthquakes in 1997 and the followed in 1999, brought the two sides together. A new framework in relations would bring a regional balance of power and eventually boost trade agreements and supportive joined actions with which both states would face future challenges that were to come.

    At this level Greece would also look at the Global relations and alliances with traditional countries such as the USA and Russia, to further expand to China and India but also to the Latin American Countries and African States and Asia.

    Greece were to become at the turn of the 21st century a global entity. A country complete with positive vibes.
    However, the turning point was, that Greece did not finally meet the requirements of the new world order that is yet to be completed. A New Balance of power is yet to be established. New interests have now risen. New options and new opportunities. Some of which Greece has not yet met.

    Emotions again guided the Greeks. The bail-out procedure stated the failure of the state to project planning of sustainable growth and stability. The bail-out procedure stated the failure of the two party rule system. It ruled out foreign policy tactics as wrong, but not objectives. Greece is now in a status of change. A change that will not be easy. It will take long. A period of time that will last for generations.

    Greeks and Greece live every-day that comes forth, without being able to anticipate how their personal or family future may look like. More so, their professional future. Couples divorce. People commit suicides. Quite important for the social structure of a traditional country
    with traditions that go back centuries.

    Decisions are now taken upon negative emotions. An emotional guide complete with stress and anxiety for those that rule and those that follow. There is no strategic planning. No progress framework. The bail-out program is not realistic or pragmatical. There is no state wealth. And this is wrong.

    Greeks would surely like to pay-off the debt and dues. That is clear. But with a grave cost, that are not willing to do so, as emotions are negative. Greeks now believe that there is no future. Even if the debt is paid off, Greece would be without leadership. Without future planning. Greece will not emerge stronger. The vision is not there. There is a need for a strong “out of the box” vision.

    The Eurogroup and Europeans failed to project not only for Greece but for all Europeans, the Vision of what Europe should be or what it will look like in the future to come. In a constantly changing globalist world, complete with insecurity, challenges but also great opportunities and much growth in international capital creation, Greece has no role just yet at the moment. This is not good. Respect is seen more in the eyes of Americans, Russians, Brazilians, Chinese, Africans and emerging Arab countries that in the eyes of the Europeans, which for some reason seem to be offended by Greece’s posture all these past years no matter diversification of current or past ruling of governments in Greece.
    Emotions are negative. Greeks have been humiliated. And the question is why? Why would one country, small, considered by Europeans, would be so trouble to the stability of Europe? Why would Greece an otherwise strong Ally of the West, which held so many casualties during the 20th century wars considering their population be so much humiliated? If there is someone to blame in specific, we should all come forth and blame them for the wrong administration or wrong decisions or even wrong fiscal controls.

    The bail-out was agreed by all members which signed. They knew of the non-feasibility assessment. They knew that Greece would not be capable to cope, especially and considering the numbers provided for a bail-out.
    Emotions lead to this bail-out. Emotions lead to eventualities that cannot but temporarily increase fear factors. Now fear and stress is at the forefront of politics. Fear lacks confidence. Therefore, fear guides and leads decision making in Greece. This cannot and should not be accepted.

    For honest decisions to be made there is a need for forefront thinking. Strategic planning. And supportive actions. We need a vision. We need new people to guide. As this generation of politicians have failed. Greece is divided. For Europe, against Europe. Trials for protests are now seen. News are now spreading. Anyone to provide a vision for Greece to resolve standing issues, pay-off debt loan through progress and development which would render Greece viable and sustainable? Or are we to see the European structure disintegrate bit by bit starting with Greece?

    Greece is a world heritage country, in this global world. Greece is an emblem of Freedom and Democracy. It should not be treated like this. Greece will meet its dues. As long as there is a vision, robust leadership and collective cooperation with Europeans and Globalists.

    The opposite will have terrible effects in emotions. It will negatively affect the changing nature of the regional and alas global balance of power.
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