In the early hours of Friday, 2nd September 2011, the attempt to rescue Greece from bancrupty suffered yet another setback. The discussions between the Greek Government and the “troika” of The Euroepan Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Centeral Bank broke down and will commence after ten days.
The agreed measures for the rescue of Greece apparently do not work. The two sides (or four) do not agree on the reasons. The Greek Government represented by the Minister of Finance Mr. Venizelos is actually fudging the issue.
All the pain and misery these measures have imposed on the financially weaker members of the Greek Society like the low level pensioners, appear to have been in vain. The situation is simply becoming worse. The country is now “officially” in deep recession, estimated to exceed 5% in 2011.
In addition to the now broadly recognized inefficiency of the Greek Government, we have the inability of the troika to make the necessary revisions and adjustments to the “measures” so that the “recipe” works. So Greece is lost in the midle of its worst crisis after the second world war, not knowing what to do, and unfortunately, being unable to do anything (perduta).
The situation gets a lot worse for Greece, as Portugal, Ireland and Spain have in a very short period of time have had positive results of their recovery efforts.
Greece is becoming increasingly isolated (sola).
The probability of Greece being abandoned by the European Community members is increasing to frightening levels (abbandonata).
The similarities between Greece and Manon Lescaut end here. Manon dies in the hands of her true love, Des Grieux. In the case of Greece, there is no one to die for. In addition, the end seems to be taking a long time. It is as if there is an Intensive Care Unit bed in the middle of the swamp, and some weird doctors have put the dying country in the respirator. The brain has stopped functioning, only the heart works with mechanical support.
Manon died a dignified death. May be they must let Greece off the respirator.