Greece has a new coalition government—but it is already in crisis. The finance minister resigned on Monday of this week.
Before that he and several others already planned not to attend an upcoming European Union summit, citing illness. They include Greece’s new prime minister, who says he has to have an eye operation.
People in Greece see this as symbolic of a very sick government. They see the illnesses as diplomatic ones.
The Tory-style New Democracy dominates the new government. The other parties in the coalition—the New Labour-like Pasok and the Democratic Left—are keeping their distance.
The government plans to raise money for the banks and to repay debt using systematic privatisation.
This new coalition is in trouble and is already developing a nasty programme. They’ve tried to break a steel workers’ strike.
Last Friday, bosses tried to take control of the gates of one factory and bring in strikebreakers. But strikers were quickly alerted. They fought on the gates, and maintained workers’ control.
The first attempt to turn the Greek Tories’ victory into a victory for the bosses has failed.