In its editorial on January 3rd 2015, the NYT has savaged the Troika policies that have left the Greek economy in tatters.
The human toll of the economic crisis in Greece has been significant: Rates of hunger, suicide and unemployment have increased sharply, thanks to years of misguided austerity policies. So it is hardly shocking that polls are showing that voters are likely to give control of Parliament to the leftist political party Syriza in an election later this month….
The pain caused by these policies is largely to blame for the disillusionment that voters in Greece, Spain, Italy and elsewhere in Europe increasingly feel for mainstream political parties. In Greece, that has benefited Syriza. In Spain, polls show that Podemos, a leftist party formed less than a year ago, has surged in popularity….
Whether or not Syriza wins a majority of seats in the Greek Parliament, it is clear that voters, constrained by European economic policies, are clamoring for change.
see full piece here