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Waiting for a Prime Minister

Today’s round up of the Greek newspaper covers is nothing more than expected headlines. Half of them are criticizing the indecisiveness that they Greek political leaders have shown and another part, the right wing papers, are congratulating Antonis Samaras for protecting our national dignity. I decided to present only one cover, by Aggelioforos newspaper which is published in Thessaloniki. It’s minimalist, it’s ironic, it’s critical of our political leaders, it’s very much like me.

Greece, Wednesday 9 November 2011 / 01:30 am - Waiting for a Prime Minister...

ΧΑΟΣ for Chaos

Yesterday was an interesting day, full of political developments and news fever. I thought I should translate today’s most notable Greek newspaper front pages to give you a clue of this mornings atmosphere. But allow me to begin with a French cover which I found extremely to-the-point as well as aesthetically beautiful.

Liberation

No need to translate.

Eleftherotypia

Title: One resignation, an appendicitis and… The King of Chaos

Ta Nea

Title: Greece in spiral

Subtitle: Merkel-Sarkozy: “Come for explanations”

Kathimerini

Title:  The government is faltering, everything is fluid

Dimokratia

Title: Collaborationist during peacetime

Adesmeftos Tipos

Title: Countdown for government and G.A.P. (i.e. George A. Papandreou)

Estia

Title: A triumph of irresponsibility

Aggelioforos

Title: Political thriller

Subtitle: Referendum causes electric shock to Greece, Europe and the markets

Avriani

Title: The international speculators profited billions from George’s decision to call a referendum

Red box in header: The women of PASOK wore trousers

Eleftheros Tipos

Title: He is not leaving, he’s driven out

Vradini

Title: The referendum brings Papandreou down

Ohi

Today is a national holiday. It’s the so-called “Ohi day” (the day of “No”) which is what Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas said to the Italian ambassador on the 28th October 1940 when he asked to let Italian troops occupy Greece. This was how Greece entered WW II and for many Greeks this day is a symbol of independence. It was a tragic irony that the EU deal about the Greek haircut came more or less on this day. And of course this couldn’t go unnoticed by Greek newspapers which, almost in their entirety, used metaphors joking about the proudly negative “Ohi” of the 1940s and the embarrassingly affirmative “Ne” (yes) of 2011. There has also been some war-related rhetoric while the most popular Ta Nea and Eleftherotypia newspapers maintained their pro-government stance by using boring “the haircut’s next day scenario” front pages which eventually didn’t let them make it to this post.

Eleftheros Typos

Title: They said YES to Merkel

Subtitle: Papandreou-Venizelos subordinated to the German attack

Dimokratia

Title: Defeat brings disaster

Subtitle: Greece returns to the Stone Age in a state of occupation

Ethnos

Title: What’s hidden behind the “YES” of 27 October

Aggelioforos

Title: The last chance

Avriani

Title: Banks surrendered to foreigners for a pittance

Subtitle: Greek people is strangled for the next 10 years – Public property is on sale

Estia

Title: Today’s supplement: the 28 October 1950 issue

Subtitle: Ten years after the historic “Ohi”

Supplement’s title: The fruits of “Ohi”

Printed on the day of the haircut

I always thought it was interesting to see and compare the newspaper front pages in a specific day of a great event. So here are a selection of what the most popular newspapers printed in their front pages on the day the Greek haircut was announced.

Eleftherotypia

Title: German tank brings a new Memorandum (a term by which the troika sponsored round of measures have been known)

Subtitle: The Merkel Doctrine: new measures and constant supervision

Vradini

Title: Haircut of national dignity

Subtitle: Greece under custody

Ethnos

Title: The great night of Brussels for banks and supervision

Aggelioforos

Title: Eurozone-Greece: carrot and stick

Eleftheros Tipos

Title: 50% haircut: night long battle between Merkel and the banks

Subtitle: The French and the Germans were deciding while Papandreou was watching

Dimokratia

Title: The government of Memoranda has exhausted all its tricks and is dragged to the ballot box; Elections on the 4th of December

Subtitle: Greece under foreign administration and with even more poverty

Avriani

Title: The Tsolakoglou government has accepted the permanent occupation by the troika

Subtitle: Treacherous submission of the Germans’ puppets

(Georgios Tsolakoglou was a Greek military officer who became the first Prime Minister of the Greek collaborationist government during the Axis Occupation in 1941-1942)