Saturday 25 February 2017

Soapbox: Greeks, beware of 'adults in the room'

Enda Kenny lectures the Greeks on how to love austerity, while the IMF tries a coup

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Soapbox cartoon
Soapbox cartoon

What's been going on in recent weeks looks like a silent coup against the Greek government. It could be EU and IMF arrogance and incompetence, but it smells more like an attempt at regime change. It's hard to know what role the Irish government is playing in this.

The media presents the Greek crisis as an austerity drama ('Is time running out for Greece?'). The picture is one of a stubborn, inexperienced Greek government refusing - for ideological reasons - to accept an austerity programme that will allow it repay its debts.

In the face of this irresponsibility, hardworking IMF and EU officials try desperately to convince the feckless Greeks to see sense.

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