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    It took six months of endless negotiations and a overwhelming result in a referendum, with the bank closed and the…

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    It took six months of endless negotiations and a overwhelming result in a referendum, with the bank closed and the elderly queuing up by the ATMs from dawn to collect a few euros, in order to realize just how precarious our position in the Eurozone is and how close we are to a tragedy of national proportions.

    The government made infinite mistakes, more so those who were in charge of the negotiations, especially the foolish former Finance Minister who escaped to Aegina, whose term which was defined by deceit turned out to be absolutely catastrophic for the economy and the Greek people.

    Truth be told, under the leadership of Mr. Tsipras and with Mr. Varoufakis at the helm of the economy, Greece is literally on the brink.

    It lost resources and capabilities, wasted whatever trust capital it may have had, ialong with allies and friends and is now treated with hostility in Europe.

    These days and hours our country if facing bankruptcy and ostracisation from the Eurozone.

    The national strategy of the past 60 is in danger of going up in flames, leaving Greece exposed and with the people in the lobby of the poorhouse.

    That is the reason why Mr. Tsipras was suddenly forced to accept the enhanced agreement which was rejected before the referendum.

    Under the pressure of the looming national tragedy the Prime Minister requested the authorization of the parties in Parliament to avert this fate.

    He may have received it, but there were significant loses in his party, that may affect his majority vote in Parliament during the most critical phase in the negotiations. As these lines where being written, nobody could safely estimate about the assessment of the Greek proposal by the institutions, nor how the EU Summit will pan out on Sunday evening.

    There were supporters of the Greek proposal in the European capitals, but just as many who are suspicious and skeptical, who believe that a possible expulsion of Greece from the Eurozone will not only not harm harm the Eurozone, but it will strengthen it. The skepticism may increase as a considerable number of SYRIZA MPs differentiate themselves.

    The Prime Minister and his government though are equipped with the authorization of 251 MPs from almost all wings in Parliament. Under present circumstances they have nothing else to do other than exhaust their negotiation efforts in preserving our membership in the Eurozone.

    And after the achieve this, on Monday they must dedicate themselves to restoring the country and economy without any further delays or delusions; without dividing the people and constructing enemies. After all, the country needs a reconciliation and unity to overcome the crisis.

    Antonis Karakousis

    Originally published in the Sunday print edition

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