Are you finding it difficult to navigate the complexities of the sensational events in Greek politics? This may be because you’re following the traditional, corporate media, which is using normally easy-to-understand language in new and mysterious ways.
To make life easier, here is a quick glossary for these media key-words, telling you what they really mean:
|Media says||Describing||Should say||Gloss|
|Moderates||New Democracy / PASOK||Right-wing OR extremists||
The defeated coalition represents a group of hard-right ideologues with a commitment to the impossible, the repayment of the Greek debt, resulting in a brutal austerity policy which has only increased that debt. They are blindly wedded to a now outdated neo-liberal project from the 1990s.
|Centrists||To Potami (The River)||
Centre-right OR right-wing wolves in liberal sheeps’ clothing
|A number of liberal journos over here see this new, media-confected party as better allies of Syriza than the racist Independent Greeks. This is an extraordinarily confused position, given that the arrogant demands of The River would have destroyed the anti-austerity policies voted for by the majority of Greeks. It’s better to see To Potami as a way for conservatives to vote New Democracy without the accompanying embarassment.|
|Far OR Radical Left||Syriza||WE DON’T KNOW YET – could be left or centre-left/ in economic terms, moderates||The far left position is to leave the Eurozone, which most Greeks don’t want, and Syriza is not espousing. How Syriza turns out depends a lot on what happens in the next few months. The Communist KKE is far left, refusing to enter coalition with Syriza, and wanting to ditch the Euro. Syriza by contrast takes the moderate position that the Greek debt is clearly both inhumane and unpayable, so at least part needs to be written off, as was very successfully done for West Germany back in 1953.|
|Dangerous brinkmanship / utter bankruptcy||Syriza’s economic policy||Re-negotiating of the Troika memorandum|
Hope this is useful!