Comments on: Time for Greece’s Alexis Tsipras to keep his nerve in debt battle Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: 1626 Tue, 26 May 2015 09:17:49 +0000 Hi Hugo,
Can you trust a former leftist undergraduate unionist?
Have you read his CV?

By: SolPer Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:18:55 +0000 I fully agree with the comments posted by Thurlac which are accurate and to the point.
The Greek Orthodox Church is supporting the needy without taking under
consideration nationality, colour or creed. Others should follow the Church’s example.

By: Thurlac Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:32:53 +0000 Tax the Church? A “brave move, minister”.

Firstly, the Greek Orthodox Church is a fundamental part of Greek society, something difficult for the liberal West to understand. I would have expected more understanding from your posts.

Secondly, this is the same as Henry VIII sacking the monasteries and then realising he’d just shut down his main agencies for poverty relief and education. The Greek Church is often the first point of call for the needy in rural areas not the local government. In Athens you can see the lines at the Church funded food kitchens. They get longer every time I visit Athens. The churches are also often the only place that non-European refugees can sleep or find food. Walked through the streets of Patras and seen the Africans hanging on the port barbed wire, recently? Thought not.

Thirdly, Tsipras needs allies not enemies now. The Church was a vocal opponent of the troika and austerity since the effects hit the rural poor heavily. Why on Earth would he pick fights now? Is your advice actually sincere or merely a recipe for disaster?

I am not a fan of the current Greek government but they are the incumbents. They need to recognise the enormity of the task but the West needs to remember they are a culture and society different from the chattering liberal classes of Britain.

Oh and if the government moved against the Church, then the Church might ask for the land ceded to the State back. We expect the Greeks to abide by the agreements made with their Western creditors but in the same breath demand that they break older agreements. Logic fail.

By: Nikos_Retsos Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:22:41 +0000 Sorry, Hugo, but Tsipras is a “green foot” to understand public policy economics. Worse yet for him, he started like with a bravado that alienated the other Europeans who did not want a featherweight to tell the heavyweights in the EU what to do. Plus he promised too much, and bragged to provide relief from austerity right away, but now his finance minister with a foolish bravura changed tune. He now claims that the election campaign promises would be fulfilled in the 4 years ahead – until the next election. The Greeks therefore would have to keep the mouths open for 4 years until the candies of Tsipras and Varoufakis drop in – if ever!

Tsipras claimed that he “won the battle, but lost the war!” That is an oxymoron because he actually has lost the battle too, but he is embarrass to admit defeat. Ironically, he promised the Greeks that he would force the EU to give Greece “hair-cuts,” but none is coming. That fits perfectly a Greek proverb for neophytes barbers who have to learn the hard way the art of haircutting on the head infected with lice and lime!

Mr. Tsipras enjoy now a 75% public approval rating because the Greeks are dreamers and they “want-to-believe” that he would deliver the goods he promised during the election. It is an illusion that Greeks will need time to digest, probably 4 more years. I won’t be surprised if je lose some deputies in the parliament, and may be forced to form a coalition with other more militants Greek politicians who want to get out of the EU. The Syriza party has promised too much to be able to deliver, and its staying in power in the time ahead will be very muddy and very slippery.
Nikos Retsos, retired professor