The dividends rise and the proletarians fallSelf-criticism is air and breath for the proletarian movementI feel at home in the whole world, wherever there are clouds and birds and human tearsFreedom is always the freedom of those who think differently
Whereas Greece had been regarded by the German public as an idyllic holiday destination, overnight it became a crisis-ridden country full of artful dodgers and creative accountants that attracted torrents of derision, polemics and rancour from German politicians and media
This booklet has two goals. First of all, to deconstruct the numerous social myths that revolve around migration in Greece with well-founded facts, thus contributing to a well-rounded and multi-facetted understanding of the migration issue. Second, to propose, through this deconstruction, a realistic but also fair policy on migration, a true left-wing policy.
The stories are based on the autobiographical narratives of refugees we met in Athens and in Berlin. They are stories we heard by chance. The protagonists of the stories are people who could have been members of our family, our friends or our neighbours. They are, beyond doubt, people who, some day, will be recognised as fellow human beings in our societies and in our spaces. Let us welcome them.
On the question of refugees, we have it – and that’s excellent. On the question of how to deal, at long last, with the Eurozone’s crisis, there has been no German leadership – indeed, quite the opposite, as the German government has been lagging behind developments.
Saskia Sassen was in Athens on June 8th 2015 to deliver a lecture about Europe’s future and the pattern of “Financializing” and austerity politics which Greece is a part of. The lecture was the first of the series of lectures #RethinkingEurope.