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POLITICO: The Dirty Dozen – 12 people who ruined Greece

Who drove Greece to the economic and consequently political ruin? Apparently there have been 12 people or better say categories of people who have put their hands in ruining Greece. Political magazine POLITICO makes a historical approach to find those responsible for the troubles that have been harrowing the country in fact since it gained independence from the Ottoman Empire back in 1821.

POLITICO names 12 men, 11 Greeks and a Brit (Winston Churchill) as “the guiltiest culprits”, in a kind of deliberately composite list but not totally wrong.

The Dirty Dozen: 12 people who ruined Greece

History shows that a long line of leaders helped make Greece the economic basket case it is today.

As negotiations inch along between the Syriza government and Greece’s international creditors, the blame for the nation’s looming financial collapse would seem to rest entirely on the shoulders of Prime Minister Alex Tsipras and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. But not really: History provides ample evidence that a long line of leaders, from Winston Churchill to Constantine II, helped make Greece the economic basket case it is today.

Among others, online edition of POLITICO names

Konstantis and Georgios Mavromichalis, who stabbed to death Greece’s first governor Ioannis Kapodistrias in 1831, last King of Greece, Constantine I, dictator Giorgos Papadopoulos, the last two Prime Ministers of Papandreou family, the last PM before the resort to the IMF, Kostas Karamanlis. but also ex Defence Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos, the Greek cast of oligarchs and the Troika.

The list names also former Life style figure Petros Kostopoulos who following the PASOK line, taught Greeks non-stop consumption on plastic money.

The Greek oligarchs

With legacies extending back decades in cases, Greece’s oligarchs have emerged relatively unscathed from the Greek crisis and continue to control vast wealth, which is largely inherited but also derives from continued interests in shipping, communications, banking, construction and public works. This coterie of powerful Greek businessmen used political connections with former conservative and socialist governments to win contracts and restrict the Greek market. They also own and exert editorial control over most, if not all, of the privately-held media companies, in a country where public broadcasting remains largely under state control. The new Syriza-led government has promised to rein in the oligarchs, but some things are easier said than done.

What it’s interesting is that the list does not mention ex Prime Minister Kostas Simitis who is being considered by many Greeks as the responsible for the Athens Stock Exchange boom and the following collapse in the late 1990’s as wells as for the access to the Eurozone “hiding the real deficit with the help of Goldman Sachs.” – as many commentators in Politico and Greek sites point out.

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5 comments

  1. What? No Mitsotakis?!

  2. Don’t believe the controlled American crap media.

  3. If Tzochatzopoulos (sacrificial “example”) surely LALIOTIS who has ‘disappeared’….lol