Two Pieces of Good News

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In these difficult times we are all looking for some good news, something to break the depressing monotonous stream of unpleasant information.

And now we have found two – somewhat – pleasant items: the first is that the latest poll shows that the vast majority of Greeks, an incredible 69 percent, still want the country to remain in the Eurozone.

The percentage is so high it is difficult to explain. With an economic crisis that is crushing the country, a skyrocketing unemployment rate, with millions of Greeks in poverty or at risk of falling into poverty and scores of thousands of businesses closed, with the country’s sovereignty being undermined and a highly uncertain future, one has to wonder how the euro remains so popular.

Perhaps one way to explain this phenomenon is to note that people seem to have a clear understanding of causes of their dire situation – first, their own mistakes – and secondly, they appreciate that staying in the Eurozone is better for them in the long run, despite the current and near-term difficulties.

Maybe the poll is another “vote” of no confidence in the country’s political class, which surveys shows Greeks believe responsible for the situation the country is in, and which they do not trust to manage its future.

At any rate, we gratefully receive the findings as welcome. A second piece of good news is the improved standing of Greece on corruption perception list of Transparency International.

It is true that the country did not significantly improve its position, nor has it erased its shame for being among the most corrupt countries in the world and the most corrupt country in Europe.

It is in 80th place out of 177 countries with a grade of 40. Denmark comes in first in Europe with a grade of 91.

Of course, the position held by our homeland in this important indicator does no honor to anyone, and is not unrelated to the country’s bankruptcy. And, of course, it reveals how little the mindset of the people has changed, even during the worst economic crisis in decades.

It is a small step forward, but it is certainly big enough to help change the situation or attitude in the country. Nevertheless, both pieces of news together – though perhaps they clash somewhat – are a ray of hope for the country.