Economist: High Risk of Social Unrest in Greece



social unrest riskThe Economist included Greece in its list of countries with high risk of social unrest during the year 2014. Other countries included were Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and Nigeria. Greece was the only European Union country among the nineteen others that are part of the list of countries with high risk of demonstrations and social unrest during the year 2014.

Overall, 65 countries (45%) out of a total of 150 appear to be under high risk or extremely high risk status.

According to the Economist, even though the economic downturn is usually the main reason for the eruption of demonstrations, this time it is not the only one.

“Declines in income and high unemployment are not always followed by unrest. Only when economic trouble is accompanied by other elements of vulnerability is there a high risk of instability. Such factors include wide income-inequality, poor government, low levels of social provision, ethnic tensions and a history of unrest.” the Economist article said.

It continues: “Of particular importance in sparking unrest in recent times, appears to have been an erosion of trust in governments and institutions: a crisis of democracy.”


18 COMMENTS

  1. It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out but there is no democracy in Greece at the moment. The Greek coalition government of Samaras and Venizelos is corrupt. Shortly after the New Year could be months or who knows when ? I see social unrest igniting and taking a turn for the worse. Nothing would surprise me at the moment to see the so called greek government collapse real soon.

    Tourism was a phenomenal year for Greece in 2012 and even more so spectacular in 2013. I wonder what 2014 will bring?

  2. Probably another good tourist year for Greece. Competition around the mediterranean sea is still relatively poor. Northern part of Africa is still not yet recovering and Turkey is not that cheap alternative anymore. I would guess that Spain, Portugal and Italy will attract about the same amount of tourists as before and the only tourist growing region is the former Yugoslavian countries.
    My guess.

  3. First of all, get the title of this article right. According to the 5 categories Greece is in the VERY HIGH RISK group–the most extreme–not just the High group–that is only for countries like Tunisia, Bulgaria and Guatemala. We’re apparently far worse off.

    Well no one doubts the ‘pitch fork’ point is coming in Greece sooner or later. Particularly interesting are the factors they give for actually sending people into the streets; “wide income-inequality, poor government, low levels of social provision, ethnic tensions and a history of unrest.”

    Yup–we got em all. Sounds like its time to start stocking up on food and water again. It’s sad to think that violence in the streets is what it will take to finally rid the country of its thieving, inept leaders. But it sounds like the public is ready to get it over with and move on.

    40 years of the same dynasties tied around their necks is too long. Greece need new faces, new ideas, and a new ethos to take back the centrist majority in this country–no more losers from the far fringes.

  4. First of all, get the title of this article right. According to the 5 categories Greece is in the VERY HIGH RISK group–the most extreme–not just the High group–that is only for countries like Tunisia, Bulgaria and Guatemala. We’re apparently far worse off.

    Well no one doubts the ‘pitch fork’ point is coming in Greece sooner or later. Particularly interesting are the factors they give for actually sending people into the streets; “wide income-inequality, poor government, low levels of social provision, ethnic tensions and a history of unrest.”

    Yup–we got em all. Sounds like its time to start stocking up on food and water again. It’s sad to think that violence in the streets is what it will take to finally rid the country of its thieving, inept leaders. But it sounds like the public is ready to get it over with now and move on.

    40 years of the same dynasties tied around their necks is too long. Greece needs new faces, new ideas, and a new ethos to take back the centrist majority in this country–no more losers from the far fringes.

  5. Absolutely. And don’t think the present government isn’t aware of just how volatile the public is right now toward exploding. Why else do you think the real crimes committed everyday are not being reported in the numbers they happen, or the number of suicides, or the number of starvations out there.
    The truth is just too hideous right now and the government is whitewashing all it can to keep people watching the mind-numbing trash that is on TV here. Anything to keep the masses calm and home in their armchairs is their present tactic. To delay or deter the wave of disobedience and anarchy which could erupt on any day now is all they can really hope for.

  6. Absolutely. And don’t think the present government isn’t aware of just how volatile the public is right now toward exploding. Why else do you think the real crimes committed everyday are not being reported in the numbers they happen, or the number of suicides, or the number of starvations out there.
    The truth is just too hideous right now and the government is whitewashing all it can to keep people watching the mind-numbing trash that is on TV here. Anything to keep the masses calm and home in their armchairs is their present tactic. To delay or deter the wave of disobedience and anarchy which could erupt on any day now is all they can really hope for.

  7. All one has to do is listen to the extremists on this website constantly ranting excessively about the government to figure that out.

  8. All one has to do is listen to the extremists on this website constantly ranting excessively about the government to figure that out.

  9. Who are the Greeks going to riot against? Their mirrors?

    EUROPE should hire the Isralis and get them to build a wll around Greece. Then when Greeks grow up, they can come out..

  10. F.CK OFF Greek American trash.
    The people in Greece are surprisingly calm considering the traumatic last few years.
    In the United Shitholes of America how many people would have died by now if they had this problem.
    They kill each other for a dime on a good day!!

  11. F.CK OFF Greek American trash.
    The people in Greece are surprisingly calm considering the traumatic last few years.
    In the United Shitholes of America how many people would have died by now if they had this problem.
    They kill each other for a dime on a good day!!

  12. Or one can listen to anonymous extremists to see that anti-Hellenism is still the sport du jour.

  13. Oh please n.gro. Australia follows & gushes every time the US president steps foot on Australian soil, which ironically has the most dangerous species in the world.

    If you think Greece is safer, then F.CK off over their.

  14. F.CK OFF Greek American trash.

    The murder rate in America is 4 or 5 times that of Greece…are you out of your mind???
    The land of the mass shooting is the United Shitholes of America….not Greece or Australia!!

  15. “Declines in income and high unemployment”
    Consequence of feminism, since women take away men’s jobs.

    “Such factors include wide income-inequality”
    Consequence of women’s suffrage, since women prefer socialist parties and they make everyone poorer, except the rich.

    “poor government”
    Consequence of women’s suffrage.

    “low levels of social provision”
    Consequence of women’s suffrage, since welfare is spent mostly for feminist projects.

    “ethnic tensions”
    Consequence of women’s suffrage, since women love to vote left wing parties = parties that love high immigration ans loose borders.

    “erosion of trust in governments and institutions: a crisis of democracy.”
    Consequence of women’s suffrage.

    See these nice graphs
    imgbox.com/achOgq7S