Greece-From financial to political crisis
Stratfor on the Greek crisis turning from a financial to a political situation.
The European financial crisis centered for several years on the idea of preventing Greece from defaulting on its national debt. However, the rest of Europe has had time to prepare itself for any potential fallout from a Greek default. This is changing the dynamic between Greece and Europe even as emerging societal trends within Greece are illustrating changes in the relationship between Greece’s political elite and its people. These trends will continue as the crisis transforms from a financial one to a political one.
Since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, European leaders’ actions have been dictated by a presumed need to keep Greece from defaulting on its massive national debt at all costs. Even at the cost of losing domestic popularity for supporting a Greek bailout, and even if Greece seemed unwilling or unable to repay the money Europe poured into it, European politicians prioritized the prevention of a Greek default in order to prevent the euro — and possibly the European Union — from collapsing. However, that could now be changing, along with the relationships between Greece and the rest of Europe and between Greece’s political elite and the Greek people. (Full analysis here. )