Greeks prefer Europe to its own politicians
May 23, 2012
Op-ed by: Pierpaolo Barbieri, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
“Rather than getting ready to attract more tourists in its high season, Greece is headed toward the polls again on June 17. In the midst of domestic political uncertainty, more and more outside observers agree that ‘Grexit’ — the prospect of Greece leaving the euro — has become inevitable.
Yet to read the May 6 election results or the first polls for the June election as evidence of Greek opposition to the euro — or even to public and private sector reform — is both simplistic and misguided. Given the choice, Greeks would pick Europe over their own politicians.”