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live The fall of Papandreou: Laughter through tears in the social media

04 November 2011 / 14:11:27  GRReporter
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George Papandreou’s risky and, according to many commentators, crazy moves have not only surprised many Greeks but also made them numb. Since Tuesday, when the Prime Minister announced his intention to hold a referendum the whole of society has been staring at TV screens, waiting for his resignation and for a government initiative without his involvement.
 
Jokes, collages of images, direct accusations and reproaches are filling the web, which is the only platform where everyone can express their opinion and relieve the tension emanating from the political thriller.

"This guy is like an evil mother-in-law. The more you send him to blazes, the more he is under your feet", "Doc, if I say that I like George Papandreou will I receive a disability pension because of schizophrenia?" and "I think this guy will only get out with a magic spell," are just a few of the funniest Facebook statuses that users have posted over the last few days.
 
The post: "GAP (from George Andreas Papandreou) is a good Prime Minister but REWIND!!!... Just think how things would be if they had happened in this order: First, he calls a referendum, then cuts the debt by 50%, then takes 110 billion euros from the International Monetary Fund and finally declares, "there is money"?! What idiot gave him the folder backwards?" The post had appeared on Tuesday and made thousands of Greeks roar with laughter. Three days later and after the fiasco with the referendum, the "hammer blow" from European leaders in Cannes and the refusal to withdraw, today, the Greeks offer the following nominations for the Golden Palm film prize:

"The last Socialist," "Crazy Benny weekend" (Benny means Minister of Finance Evangelos Venizelos), "I know what you did in Cannes", "The Good, the GAP and the Ugly", "Catch me if you Cannes", Lord of the loans", "GAPstin Powers: The Prime Minister, who fucked us", "All you ever wanted to know about GAP ... (but were afraid to ask)", "Midnight in Cannes" (not suitable for minors), "Forest GAP", "Oh, these loans," "Ocean's 152" and "The Pangalos eat".

Along with the jokes, Internet users are commenting live on the events that would be very funny if they really were a tragicomedy scenario.

On the more "serious" and professional social media network Twitter particularly alarming news for Greece appeared today. According to the post by the journalist of the big French daily newspaper Libération, Jean Katremer, in an attempt to explain to Nicolas Sarkozy his initiative for a referendum, the Greek Prime Minister had referred to the risk of a military coup in the country. The news, which was made public at the G20 summit, has provoked different reactions from the Greek media. The renowned journalist, Nikos Hadzinikolaou, who was the first to announce it, urged the government to comment officially on the case.

Meanwhile, the famous economist and outspoken friend of the Greek Prime Minister, Nouriel Roubini, defined the opposition New Democracy as a "Greek fox."

"The corrupt (New Democracy) who ramped up fiscal deficits to 15% of GDP & shamlessly lied about it now want to run Greece's government again. The Greek fox (New Democracy party) that raided the chicken coop now claims it wants to guard it again. Their credibility is dirtier than mud," says the economist in his post.

 

Tags: Social mediaFacebookTwitterGeorge PapandreouJokesFunny statusNouriel RoubiniNew Democracy
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