In this post Paul Krugman is happy about the Greek vote. He writes:
Tsipras and Syriza have won big in the referendum, strengthening their hand for whatever comes next. But they’re not the only winners: I would argue that Europe, and the European idea, just won big — at least in the sense of dodging a bullet.
…You don’t have to love Syriza, or believe that they know what they’re doing — it’s not clear that they do, although the troika has been even worse — to believe that European institutions have just been saved from their own worst instincts. If Greece had been forced into line by financial fear mongering, Europe would have sinned in a way that would sully its reputation for generations. Instead, it’s something we can, perhaps, eventually regard as an aberration.
And if Greece ends up exiting the euro? There’s actually a pretty good case for Grexit now — and in any case, democracy matters more than any currency arrangement.
On a hunch, I looked it up and apparently gay marriage is illegal in Greece. (I choose those words deliberately, if you go read the link.) Supporters of gay marriage are appealing to outside institutions, including the EU, to overturn the results of Greek democracy.
I await Krugman’s column on this important social issue.