Once again, the overnight negotiations between Greece and its creditors did not yield fruit. And they will not succeed as long as the objectives of the two sides are so opposed.
But they promise to continue their efforts today, and tomorrow and the day after …
This column and this newspaper has criticized successive Greek governments – in the context of accurately informing our readers – for the their negotiating methods. And, of course, we will continue if warranted by the facts.
But we have need to be equally critical – if not more critical – of the other side, the Troika – and mainly Germany.
In the first place, we have noted the lack of clarity of the final goal they are aiming at. And secondly, its’ pretty clear that Germany has failed in its role as the leading power in Europe.
A Eurozone country, Greece, has been crawling from crisis to crisis, giving half-measures from the start.
It has been a victim of strong armed intervention in its internal affairs to the point of imposing changes of the governments – as with Italy, it is true – while the leading power is unable to articulate a new European perspective, after the collapse of the old one.
The obvious truth is that there has been a rapid transformation of the Eurozone from the dream of the people for economic prosperity and democracy into a source of economic uncertainty and political authoritarianism.
A new Magna Carta is therefore needed, a new ambitious vision capable of recapturing the promise of Europe, especially for the people in the southern countries.
But there is another truth: Germany has achieved much – very much – in the economic sphere. For example, it achieved an economic miracle a few decades after its destruction in World War II.
But it has failed miserably in its role as leader. Specifically, it soaked the world in blood twice in a century. This does not mean – necessarily – that history will be repeated for the third time.
But history cannot be ignored and, by extension, we cannot grant Germany the role of moral judge in Europe which it is seeking.
Yes, we Greeks have our shortcomings. But certainly not to the degree of the Germans. Yet their moral sermons abound.
Let us look, therefore , at the substance of what is needed to preserve a united Europe – which includes Greece – for the sake of economic prosperity and the security of the peoples that compose it.