Here’s the reaction of Greek newspapers to the assassination of young Greek rapper Killah P by a Golden Dawn member.
Here’s the reaction of Greek newspapers to the assassination of young Greek rapper Killah P by a Golden Dawn member.
Here’s a quick translation of today’s newspaper front pages in the aftermath of yesterday’s Greek national elections. My general impression is that the newspapers kept a low profile, in contrast with their emotional headlines in the previous days. Despite the historic changes in the Greek political scenery, the feeling is a bit numb, I guess in fear of an uncertain future.
Headline: A vote of anger overturns the political scene
Headline: In search of a government
Headline: People’s anger, Change the Memorandum!
Headline: Austerity defeated in Greece and France
Headline: Nightmare of being ungoverned with new elections in the background
Headline: Elections of great anger
Headline: Where are you heading to, Antonis (Samaras)?
Headline: Left mandate
Here’s how Greek newspapers look like after a chaotic night of crucial political decisions and extensive rioting in downtown Athens.
Headline: YES by fire and tears
(NB Third photo from left, at the bottom of the front page, is famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis)
Headline: Historic “Yes” and a storm in political parties
Second headline: With 199 “yeses” Greece’s darkest night begins
Headline: A night of terror inside and outside of the Parliament
Headline: Immediate elections is the only salvation due to inconsistency between the people and the Parliament
Headline: They should walk out before they destroy completely the country
Headline: The Memorandum is invalid, the people has voted it down
Greek newspapers today describe in their headlines the aftershock of yesterday’s resignations and the crucial weekend ahead of us. The general feeling that arises is that of panic. Here’s a quick translation of their headlines.
Headline: Dangerous games on doorstep of the madhouse.
(Funnily, today’s gimmick is a copy of the book of Kama Sutra)
Headline: The dilemma is deal or collapse.
Headline: Everything is dismantling.
Headline: Papademos calls SOS amid storm.
Headline: Tsunami of resignations.
Headline: A Papandreou “movement” against Papademos – Venizelos.
Headline: Greece, zero hour.
Headline: Revolt in the political parties.
Headline: Memorandum’s system in decomposition.
Here’s today’s roundup of Greek newspaper front pages.
Title: Slow martyrdom for the deal
Title: Tough demands abroad, Political theatre domestically
Title: Constant blackmail by Scheuble
Title: The citizens speak “We’ve gone back 50 years”
Title: Whatever the people say; elections is the one and only solution
As a bonus, here’s yesterday anti-German cover of the same, conservative, newspaper.
Title: Dachau; Memorandum Macht Frei
and finally the front page of weekly satyrical newspaper Pontiki.
Title: The team is up in the air
-I wonder, what will History write about the deals of the coalition government?
-Money thrown in the air.
While the fate of my country is decided by unknown people on the other side of the planet and Twitter is like a sewer of rumours on how the PSI negotiations are going, here’s some random thoughts and news in brief.
The Public Power Company (DEI or PPC) has sent out the first 30.000 notices to electricity consumers who haven’t paid the bill which included the special property tax. This was a tax based on the square meters of each consumer’s home and was charged in the electricity bill so that everyone had to pay this. I know several people who had no money to buy petrol for heating and were warming themselves with the use of electrical appliances or, simply, firewood.
The chairman of PPC’s trade union, Nikos Fotopoulos, has called the PPC employees to disobey the order of cutting electricity supply to homes of unemployed and poor citizens. God knows how this can be done in practice. According to Ethnos newspaper, the notices have not been handed yet to the private companies which will carry out the work of cutting the supply.
According to the latest statistics (from the Ministry of Citizen Protection) the number of suicides between January-November 2011 reached 598 people. Last Friday, an 80 years old man set himself on fire outside the parking lot of the Greek Telecom office in Lefkada island.
Along with the best of the Greek youth that is steadily emigrating abroad in search of a job (preferably with a decent pay), Julia Alexandratou, the nation’s most famous porn star, has decided to move to Los Angeles and try her chances with the planet’s top porn industry. She also announced her intention to create a new political party. “You never know, people might vote for me just to state their reaction to the current situation” said the blonde porn celebrity. If she indeed gets any votes at all, I’ll feel that I belong in the most desperate country in the world. Greek blogger Pitsirikos expressed his disappointment that Greece cannot sustain financially not only its youth but also its best paid porn star. He also added that Julia has put things in the right order. She’ll go to try her chances in the American porn industry and, if things don’t go well, she’ll return to found a political party.
Finally, here’s how the paranoia of Greek politics and economy look like to foreign observers of things here. This is a short post from ZeroHedge based on an article from the German broadsheet newspaper Die Zeit.
As Greek standards of living nose-dive, loans to households and businesses shrink still further, and Troika-imposed PSI discussions continue, there is one segment of the country’s infrastructure that is holding up well. In a story on Zeit Online, the details of the multi-billion Euro new arms contracts are exposed as the European reach-around would be complete with IMF (US) and Europe-provided Greek bailout cash doing a full-circle into American Apache helicopters, French frigates, and German U-Boats. As the unnamed source in the article notes: “If Greece gets paid in March the next tranche of funding (€ 80 billion is expected), there is a real opportunity to conclude new arms contracts.”
With the country’s doctors only treating emergencies, bus drivers on strike, and a dire lack of school textbooks and the country teetering on the brink of Drachmatization, perhaps our previous concerns over military coups was not so far-fetched as after the Portuguese (another obviously stressed nation), the Greeks are the largest buyers of German war weapons. It seems debt crisis talks perhaps had more quid pro quo than many expected as Euro Fighter commitments were also discussed and Greek foreign minister Droutsas points out: “Whether we like it or not, Greece is obliged to have a strong military”.
Speaking of coups (again), here’s a short story that happened to me yesterday. I was outside a public health building and an old man approached me. He didn’t look very well. “Can I tell you something very serious?” he said. “On 21st of January, 4pm, there will be a military coup d’ etat. The tanks will get out in the streets and a curfew will be imposed. Prepare yourself, buy goods from the super market and, for god’s sake, don’t get out from your house!”. I asked his source and he replied very seriously “I was told so by my uncle who was an adjutant of Dertilis”, one of the most prominent members of the 1967-1974 military dictatorship who is still serving his life sentence. This is not to be taken seriously of course (I was in no position of checking the credibility of his claims), it’s just a note on how some people are losing it.
A new opinion poll is presented today by Sunday’s Ethnos newspaper. It’s questions (and the results as a consequence) are constructed in a way to show that Lucas Papademos is the best we (can) have. Here are the results and some comments from me (in italics).
The participants were asked to choose between two politicians on who is the most appropriate for Prime Minister.
Current PM Lucas Papademos scored 54,3% against New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, who got 21,7%, while 24% denied to give an answer.
Against PASOK’s George Papandreou, Lucas Papademos was preferred by 71,8% to only 3,8%. Another 24,4% did not reply.
Between Antonis Samaras and George Papandreou the score was 38,3% to 10,7%. The remaining 51% did not reply.
This looked a bit dodgy to me as I haven’t seen this practice for a long time. Placing Papademos in a dilemma against worn out politicians, bearing their sins from the past, makes him look like the Messiah. Indirectly what I can see is the need for new political parties rather than the legimization of the technocrats around Europe. He is not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.
On whether the co-operation government under Lucas Papademos is a positive or negative development for our country, 40,4% replied “Positive”, 16,6% replied “rather positive”, 9% replied “rather negative” and 37,7% gave a negative answer while 6,8% did not reply.
35,7% of the interviewees had a positive view of Papademos, 27% had a “rather positive” view, 10,4% was rather negative and the stance for the 19,3% was simply negative. A no-reply was given by 7,6%.
Surprisingly there was a question on whether the interviewee wished that the new government’s efforts suceed. An 83,6% replied “Yes”, a 4,4% did not want to give an answer and a whole 12% wished that their efforts will not suceed.
You might wander, why on earth are there Greeks who wish to see their country failing? well, this is a characteristic of this nation since antiquity, it never unites until it’s inevitable or until there is a common foreign ennemy. A reason for wanting this government to fail might also be a need to show that technocrats’ governments are not efficient. In any case, it’s not just the “irresponsible” citizens/interviewees who think that way. One simply has to see behind the current government’s (of cooperation?) sluggishness and he’ll discover Ministers sabotaging one another in view of the next elections. An illegitimate government that feels that way and has its mind in the elections.
Back to the poll, 13,2% would like to see Papademos becoming a politician with one of the existing political parties after the end of the current administration, a 35,3% wishes to see him stepping down from politics and a 30,5% wants Papademos to found a new party. The rest 21% had no opinion on the matter.
As for popularity, here’s the ranking.
Lucas Papademos: 62,7% positive/rather positive view and 29,7% negative/rather negative view.
Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left): 47,3% positive/rather positive view and 44,7% negative/rather negative view.
Giannis Dimaras (Panhellenic Citizens’ Chariot): 36,8% positive/rather positive view and 52,4% negative/rather negative view.
Alexis Tsipras (SYRIZA): 35,5% positive/rather positive view and 62,4% negative/rather negative view.
Antonis Samaras (New Democracy): 31,4% positive/rather positive view and 66% negative/rather negative view.
Giorgos Karatzaferis (LAOS): 27,5% positive/rather positive view and 70,5% negative/rather negative view.
Aleka Papariga (Communist Party): 24,3% positive/rather positive view and 72,6% negative/rather negative view.
Dora Bakoyannis (Democratic Alliance): 19% positive/rather positive view and 78,5% negative/rather negative view.
George Papandreou (PASOK): 15,6% positive/rather positive view and 83,7% negative/rather negative view.
I just checked today’s newspapers and they had few exciting headlines. However, yesterday’s front pages would probably cause either panick or depression to a society somewhere in North Europe. As I stood there, watching all the post-apocalyptic headlines, I realized that in some years I will be saying that this is how it was to live in Greece at the end of November 2011.
Firstly, I will begin with the cover of this week’s Economist which has been reproduced, partly or as a whole, by several Greek newspapers.
“Eleftheri Ora” newspaper, which is a fringe paper that hardly sells a bit above 2.000 copies per day, has chosen to reproduce the whole Economist front page. Oh yes, with no reference at all. This paper is famous for its populist content, full of conspiracy theories, front pages of dead monks whose prophecies are now becoming reality, and so on. Actually I think that a daily translation of the paper’s front page could offer enough material for a separate blog. Anyway, when I think that usually it should be the last one in these posts of translated front pages due to its lower circulation. I only place it first here because of its relation to the Economist’s cover.
Title: The evil plan of the New World Order’s “Messiah”
Another newspaper which chose to use the euro meteor illustration is Dimokratia.Title: The Wehrmacht is approaching Europe
Overhead title: Everyone is talking about the coming financial Armageddon
“Ethnos” newspaper was the only one to reproduce the whole Economist front page, thus indirectly referring the source.Title: A whole town is sleeping in the streets
Overhead title: Social shock – more than 20.000 homeless around Greece
Eleftherotypia and Kathimerini highlighted the continuing struggle of the Egyptians at Tahrir square.Title: The extra tax will be paid too by unemployed who worked even for one day (in 2011)
Picture’s caption title: Tahrir square does not succumbTitle: Suffocation around the euro zone
Picture’s caption title: Egyptians overwhelm Tahrir squareTitle: Run Lucas Run! (a cartoon depicts Lucas Papademos in the body of Pheidippides, the first “marathon runner”)
Overhead title: A 100-day race for the governmentTitle: Last chance for saving the euro
Overhead title: Germany leads euro zone off the cliff
Title: Countdown for the euro
When two of the biggest newspapers of a country publish the same title, there must be some truth in it. Here’s today round up of newspaper front pages from Greece. Enjoy the show.
Title: Irodou Attikou (i.e. the Presidential residence street name) theatre: Operetta “The leaders, the gardener and poor Greece”
Title: Operetta at the [President’s] mansion
Title: The selection of a PM with stature is the only way out
Title: From saviours of the country… to destructors
Title: The media and half of PASOK give an ultimatum for Papadimos
Title: Political shadow theatre
Title: Unnbelievable low comedy