Is Greece becoming the Cuba of Europe? - ERDAL TANAS KARAGÖL

Is Greece becoming the Cuba of Europe?

The referendum held in Greece on Sunday which resulted with “no” is a radical decision for Greece. It is seen that in Greece, Prime Minister Tsipras, who did not accept the austerity policies proposed by the Troika for the payment of the current debts, had considered the counter moves before.

Tsipras, being squeezed between the dilemma of promises he gave to the Greek people and the high debts of the country, gave the responsibility to make a choice between dreams and realities to the people.

But it is obvious that Tsipras's, who was in a tight corner and did not want to contradict himself, move dragged Greece into another place.

But the things lived may not only cause serious changes in the route of Greece, but also the European Union.

After the situation in Greece, the EU is on the brink of a showdown in its economic and corporate operation.

Also, Greece's hit after saying “no” in the referendum can activate the other European Union countries, especially the leftist or radical leftist movements in the Southern European countries. That's why Greece's not surrendering to the EU can be accepted as the attempt to reform the policies and implementations of the EU accepted unconditionally.

Initially, the Southern European countries and many EU countries have a very high debt/national income rate. It is quite difficult to maintain these debt rates. For example, Italy, which is struggling with this issue and whose rate of the national income to its debt is around 132 percent, Portugal 130 percent and Southern Cyprus Greek Region 107 percent, are the main countries where can suffer from the same troubles after Greece.

In an environment where the debt is more than the national income, as it is not possible for these countries to recover in the long term, it means new “Greeces” for the EU.

But if Greece cannot succeed to make any change in the EU's understanding or make reforms, it will be more difficult for Greece and the other countries that have debt. Because among the EU countries, where Germany and France behave as commissars, Greece will gradually be alone and face the danger of dismissal from the EU.

In a photo from Reuters news agency, the appearance of the Greek Finance Minister, who was left alone at the table next to the EU finance ministers, explains well a new road map that will make Greece the Cuba of Europe.

On the other hand, the statements pointing out that Greece's situation could be put on the agenda in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meetings in the BRICS 2015 Leaders' Summit, that will be held in the Ufa city of Russia between July 7-8, can be interpreted as the approaching Russia card as Tsipras' new move after the Turkish Stream.


But even if Tsipras' moves instill hope for a short time, there are truths that cannot be ignored. As the cash problem captures the Greek people, for the Greek people who could not take their salaries, provide medicine, Tsipras' games don't provide a solution.

In Greece, where the economic collapse progresses towards the social destruction, before new humanitarian dramas begin, a solution package should be made.

That's why Greece will officially apply to the European Stability Mechanism which is the recovery fund of the Eurozone.

What is expected from Greece is to present a serious and trustworthy reform package that will convince the EU.

Because, Eurozone leaders seem determined about July 12 to be the date for the last meeting for Greece.

Because in spite of the 240 - billion -dollar aid changing nothing in Greece, which namely looking like a bottomless pit, it is losing the persuasiveness of the proposal.

In this meeting, if the parties cannot negotiate, there is a possibility for Tsipras and Greece to leave the Eurozone or the EU. This means a new junction for both parties.

Even if it did not deserve it, Greece used all the benefits of the EU where it entered under difficult conditions. Can Greece receiving the aids in large amounts run the risk of leaving the Eurozone giving up this luxury?

Without paying its debts and having an agreement with the payees, can it present the willpower

to be dismissed from the international markets? The answers to these questions will determine both the future of Greece and the EU.

Anymore, whatever the result is, there is a reality in front that the stones are removed from their places. As Greece is not the old Greece anymore, the EU will lose its role as a father protecting its spoiled child.

The period for questioning will start for the EU, which does not want to take the other troubled countries like Greece.


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