Two years after the unforgettable events of June 2015, the country is still traumatized. Today, those responsible for inflicting on Greece’s people and economy the deepest turmoil they had suffered since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus no longer speak of the “foreigners” who closed the banks.
And none of those who were responsible for the massive inconvenience suffered by the Greek people as a result are in a position to remind us of the question posed by that grotesque referendum. It is in the past now, and thankfully so.
But it is not forgotten – not out of spite and vindictiveness, but due to the simple, everyday realization that the bad decisions made by the government at that time, by the same prime minister who is in office today, have undermined the Greek economy and reduced Greek society to a level that will take a long time, favorable international conditions and a change in political framework to a more stable governance before we can speak of recovery.
However self-evident the consequences of the self-destructive actions of the past two years are, the Greek people, at least those who belong to the productive and creative part of society, continue to wait.
The productive forces of the country, regardless of whether or not they are in Greece, or if they’re simply observing how the country’s internal affairs develop, expect that the nation’s potential will at some point be realized. But this will not happen on its own.
Unfortunately, the “end” of the post-dictatorship era is occurring in successive chapters and the garbage strike situation we’re in proves this. However, the world is changing and younger people are coming of age every day in Greece.
Someone who today is 18 years old was born in 1999, and was only 11 when we entered the first bailout memorandum.
The country must renew itself right away so as to be competitive when the millennium generation comes of age to build the Greece of tomorrow.