Creative so­lu­tions

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS XY­DAKIS

de­ter­mi­na­tion and the bal­ance of power. Mean­while, more clouds are gath­er­ing on the hori­zon for Greece: new taxes on prop­erty, a fund­ing gap for the 2015-16 pe­riod and the pos­si­bil­ity of yet an­other bailout loan ac­com­pa­nied by even more spend­ing cuts that would fur­ther per­pet­u­ate the vi­cious cy­cle of bor­row­ing and re­ces­sion. And let’s not for­get to ask our­selves what the pos­si­ble fall­out will be from the grow­ing in­sta­bil­ity in neigh­bor­ing Turkey at a time when the Mediter­ranean is al­ready in a very pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion. There are cer­tainly many rea­sons for se­ri­ous con­cern, but the real test is how we re­act to our worries, or, rather, how we act, how we man­age to pull our­selves out of the funk of in­er­tia, to re­cover from the shock that we have suf­fered, and move on. We may have to try dif­fer­ent things and we may make se­ri­ous mis­takes, but we must move on, try­ing to sur­vive on our own as far as that’s pos­si­ble and not on terms im­posed by out­siders. This means tak­ing ac­tion; it means ac­tion from a so­ci­ety that is think­ing, that is aware of its own strengths and lim­i­ta­tions and of the en­vi­ron­ment in which it ex­ists. In short, this is pol­i­tics; pol­i­tics that goes be­yond the un­fruit­ful and even de­struc­tive “re­sist or sub­mit” co­nun­drum. Be­cause the fact is that so far over the past three years, Greeks have be­come po­lar­ized – quite un­der­stand-

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