More lessons from the Greek tragedy
Mervyn King | 12 Jul 2019 00:30
Democracy, it is often said, began in Greece – but lately Athens has been struggling to make its invention work well. At elections on July 7, voters ejected the left-leaning Syriza government led by Alexis Tsipras and turned to Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his conservative New Democracy. Unfortunately, further disappointment seems all too likely. The new leader inherits problems that will be extremely difficult to solve – and that raise questions for Europe as a whole.

Despite an extraordinary depression, during which GDP fell by a quarter and real incomes by much more, growth remains sluggish – too slow to do much about an unemployment rate of 18% and a debt-to-GDP ratio of more than 180%.

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