Greece today - Modest optimism with high expectations
''We demand less corruption, or more chances to participate in it'', Ashleigh Brilliant, British sketcher. Maybe, with this phrase we could imprint the general spirit of the Greek society, the recent years. We could also attribute the results of the situation that we are facing, to this general spirit. The changes in our everyday life were -and still are- more than obvious and have affected both the social cohesion and people's mood. Demonstrations, strikes, wage cuts, new poor (modern term), increased criminality are just some of the pieces that complete the puzzle of a Greek routine, experienced specifically in the big cities. The disturbance of the public opinion could be proved also by the fact that, my generation has already ''dated'' the ballot box at least 5 times.
Before the recent election, the European and Greek media were constantly cultivating a climate of terror, only in the mere thought of having SYRIZA in power. We can admit that nowadays, ideology is set aside in favour of the personal interest, so the majority of the voters did not vote focused on their beliefs. This vote can be fairly considered as a vote of revenge or as a response to the tough measures that were imposed to the Greek population. The main reason that SYRIZA prevailed, was not its programme statements but the desperate people's need to attempt something new, fresh, progressive and radical that come into terms with the real problems, in the Greek political scene. '' Let's see, we hope not to be betrayed again'', is the sovereign phrase after the voting results. It cannot be denied that some errors are expected, and if this government is proved as a false hope, then should be really worried about the society's reaction. Cautious optimism dominates people's thoughts Α and attitude towards the news. Even from people that did not support this from the beginning. Greeks were always suspicious and were waiting in the corner for the first mistake. This time i think we are limited to make big mistakes...