Costas Douzinas writes for the Guardian:
Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe. Today: The country that brought you democracy now teeters on the brink of destruction precisely because of that system.
For years Greeks have enjoyed the trappings of a modern state, with pensions, public-sector jobs and paid vacations, without being willing to pay the piper. This week’s riots in Athens only spotlight most people’s failure to grasp this point.
Politicians have been voted in on the basis of their ability to continue rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. Tax evasion is the country’s major sport, with tax inspectors taking bribes to go away.
Now, Greece is technically bankrupt, unable to pay its billions of dollars in loans. As is usual in such cases, that transfers the problem to the bankers, in the case the rest of Europe and potentially the world. ...
The dog, thought to be a stray called Loukanikos, or Sausage, has been in the centre of the action for years.