June 30, 2015
Since my arrival into the country late May, the topic of most discussions I overhear everywhere are naturally about the debt negotiations.
I’d call opinions in support or against the Tsipras governments’ activities pretty sharply divided.
Tsipras supporters are generally fed-up with 5yrs of blood-letting “from the Germans”.
Critics, on the other hand, see the euro as some sort of abstract membership in a club that must be retained at all cost.
A minority even criticize Tsipras for—get this—being too soft.
That’s especially true where I’ve been staying here in the port-city of Piraeus, which – being the country’s biggest port, is home to mostly blue collar, working class folks where unions more or less dominate.
To illustrate the political leanings around here, I hazily recall a headline in a newsfeed summing up their worldview quite accurately: “Piraeus – a neighborhood where Syriza is not…
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