Editorial: Illusions and delusions
It took a year and a half for the Prime Minister to realize that anything other than remaining in the Eurozone will have catastrophic…
It took a year and a half for the Prime Minister to realize that anything other than remaining in the Eurozone will have catastrophic consequences for Greece and himself. The delusions that he and his officers cultivated, as he admitted in Parliament, led the economy and society in a constant state of uncertainty, with consequences that we are paying dearly – and which we will unfortunately be paying for some time – with the new measures we accepted.
Everyone who warned about the government’s delusions, such as this newspaper, were ridiculed and targeted by all means. The government is carrying on with this tactic in an effort to justify their major turns, under pressure from the harsh reality.
With the Prime Minister seemingly accepting the European framework and adapting to the harsh reality of the economy and relationship with Europe, the country is back on track to normality, particularly if the review finally concludes. This entails major difficulties for the people who will face new burdens in the ravaged economy, which must find ways to recover in such adverse conditions.
In trying to cover for their delusions, Mr. Tsipras and his officers are cultivating yet another set of illusions. And this precisely is the major threat that looms, namely that the delays, objections and so-called anti-bailout struggles will return to undermine the agreement and effort to return to stability.
There is no more room for media spins and inter-party games, nor propping up enemies to cover their shortcomings. They assumed the political cost of a painful agreement because they realized there is no other option. They must now put an end to the delusions and try to save what can be saved.