Euroscepticism at its best!
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As someone, that was born and has lived most of its life in Greece I think being eurosceptistic does not come as a surprise. Being twenty years old today, I actually got to leave a little bit as a young child some good financial times of this country even though I always belonged and still belong economically in the middle class of society. What is also very interesting is that I got to live some years while my country was not yet using euros but our currency that used to be the drachma.
Now, why am I referring to all these? Well, everybody nowadays constantly refers to the drachma and how it would be better if we could go back to it, taking under consideration how much the euro has been destructive for Greece. If only it hadn’t been so underestimated after we changed our currency into euro. Just think, 1 euro equals to 340.75 drachma. But I can’t help than being “jealous” of Britain’s example.
Britain has made all these years in Europe with its own currency, choosing which laws to obey and disobey and generally follow an atomistic policy like the one that USA has followed for years and has been very successful as well. It really seems as if just each country handled its own business everything would be better, more peaceful and less painful. How could I not be affected by euroscepticism when I see what Greece is going through from first hand? Unfortunately, it is not only Greece that is suffering, I have just had the chance to see these events for myself this is why my main focus stays there and because Greece is really the best and worst example at the same time to see how a European country can end up if it is not extremely powerful financially and politically.
Spain also seems to have problems like these too. I had the chance, now, by travelling through my Erasmus studies to meet many people from other countries and exchange ideas upon this topic and the problems their countries face. I seemed to have the most resemblances in terms of experiences with the Spanish people. They seem to get really good education like Greek people do and work really hard in order to achieve what they want. However, when they finish their academic cycle they can’t seem to find a job and are in a way forced to leave and search for a job elsewhere. That is something very unfair.
Nobody really enjoys leaving everything they have known, their homeland, parents, friends, culture, and climate for something completely different and unfamiliar. But to Greek and Spanish people that is just the reality. A reality which cannot be avoided in most cases.
So, did Europe really help these countries? What is Europe really achieving by taking the younger generations and spreading them all over the place? I cannot seem to understand it? There must be another solution. The younger generations are really hard working, smart, well-educated and are just torn away from their homelands in order to leave a descent lifestyle.
Nobody should wonder why Greeks are being affected by euroscepticism. Even when they voted in the last Referendum, which created the infamous fear of the Grexit, that they cannot take any more of these immense austerity measures they were not heard. Where is Europe’s democracy? I personally cannot see where it helps to cut the wage of hard working people and the pensions to shreds. Even a simple bachelor student in economics would know better that this is not a sustainable economic plan for Greece to pay her debt back.
And do not get me wrong, I do not believe that Greece is innocent. I do believe, that Greek people and especially Greece’s politicians have made so many wrong choices and moves. But Europe should have the mechanisms to prevent such cases because mistakes can be made. Europe should have, as I said, the right mechanisms to prevent such cases and control how much money a country borrows, and if a country makes some mistakes fix them peacefully and not by stepping upon the country that is suffering, destroying her even more. Instead of that, the IMF should point to agricultural and industrial production and not draining every penny from simple everyday people. Because that is what is happening to Spain and Greece right now and not only them but these are just very characteristic examples.
I might come across as angry, emotional and disappointed. That is because I am. But this is what personal blogs are for. They are the chance that everybody has now in the 21st century to get their voice out there. Thanks to this constant technological evolution everybody can be heard if they wish to. Through this blog publication I want to express my fears for Greece’s future and the fear of Europe’s future at the same time. Europe dodged a Grexit but it came to face a painful Brexit. Who is next? Euroscepticism is starting to spread its roots everywhere and the dream of a united Europe seems to fall apart for better or for worse.