The Greek Referendum

After the fall of the Junta the Greek people was called to the polls to decide on the constitution of the country. They chose unanimously to leave the crown and proceed to the constitution of the Parliamentary Republic. The end of the Junta signaled a new era for the country with the best omens for the future.

That first became clear with the accession to the European Community in 1981, which in 1992, after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, became the European Union, and then with the adoption of the common currency, the euro, which led to the abandonment of the Greek drachma. These facts gave a fresh air of change, progress and development in a society leaving behind the previous century.

40 years later the Greek people is once again called to the polls to vote in the 8th referendum of the country. The situation this time is not that simple though. 40 years ago the question which was posed was simple and easy to understand, something that could not be said about the question of the referendum on 5 July 2015.



Being in a financial crisis for the last 8 years has made life more difficult for all of us, It has degraded the image and the position of the country in the international scene. Moreover due to the crisis a very large part of the society now considers Europe as something “evil” that does not want to help Greece throughout the difficulties but instead of that, to subjugate it. Keeping all this in mind the answer to the question of the referendum is not that clear, nor is the question itself.

Will we say NO to the new measures, which will be applied and will in any case be stricter? NO to the common currency and yes to the Greek drachma? NO to the Eurozone?  NO to the benefits offered by the common market for the economy such as the exemption from customs duty on imported products?


Will we say YES to the new measures that will help the country? YES to the European Union and the Eurozone? YES to the benefits?

There seems to be only one question in the following referendum however the sub queries are many.

Regarding the social aspect of this phenomenon, it is natural and above all it is healthy for a society to be pluralistic. This means that numerous and different views and opinions should be expressed in a logical and rational way to ensure a constructive debate. That's how democracy works.  The recourse to violence and the manipulation of the opinion of others is simply unacceptable.

This applies both to the average Greek who over the past few days has been doing this frequently, and to the leaders of this country. At first they call the people to vote prioritizing the best interest of the country and its future, but at the same time they openly show their opinion –which is the no vote- and are trying to manipulate other people’s opinion.

Fanaticism, propaganda and manipulation are elements that do not fit in a democratic society and definitely not in Greece which is the birthplace of democracy.

No matter which party governs, whether it’s left or right the decision which will be made on Sunday 5 July  is in the people’s hand. So keep in mind that our country, Greece,  belongs to Europe and the European Union not only due to its geographical position but most importantly due to its ideology.