James Petras var direktør for Center for Mediterranean Studies i Aten og rådgiver for statsminister Andreas Papandreou. Her analyserer han den situasjonen Hellas befinner seg i, Syriza, forhandlingene med EU og årsakene til at Syriza kapitulerte.
The Greek government is currently locked in a life and death struggle with the elite which dominate the banks and political decision-making centers of the European Union. What are at stake are the livelihoods of 11 million Greek workers, employees and small business people and the viability of the European Union. If the ruling Syriza government capitulates to the demands of the EU bankers and agrees to continue the austerity programs, Greece will be condemned to decades of regression, destitution and colonial rule. If Greece decides to resist, and is forced to exit the EU, it will need to repudiate its 270 billion Euro foreign debts, sending the international financial markets crashing and causing the EU to collapse.