“Those who are against all change have played their cards well. Contractors, unionists, vested interest groups and cartels are seeking to benefit from the anti-bailout tsunami. They hope that if the country ends up outside the euro area, they will be able to survive in the new environment dominated by gangs, oligarchs and a state-dependent model unbound from European controls”.
Do I understand this correctly? It is not the Troika, the European powers that be or other sinister external forces? Instead, it is the Greek interest groups, large or small, which have it in their hands to permit a better future for Greece (or not)? They would have in it in their power to assure that Greece remains in the hands of “gangs and oligarchs”?
The fact alone that a respectable author would not rule out such a scenario is discouraging. The fact that he seems quite worried that the “gangs and oligarchs” might prevail is absolutely depressing, particularly when we are not talking about Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union but, instead, about a pluralistic democracy and a member state of the EU!