Communism and radical leftism have a long historic narrative in Greece. When the Soviet Union suddenly collapsed after failing to deliver its promised “Communist dreamland,” it surprised almost everyone. But Greece never fully realized this fall’s significance. Nostalgia about a communist utopia persisted in the minds of some citizens, and this underlying narrative has cultivated an attachment with Russia over the years. NATO, the European Union and the United States, on the other hand, were often demonized.
The Greek people are now suffering because the government has continued to implement Communist-like policies. A huge leviathan state with strong trade unions, nationalized industries, barriers to business freedoms and a massive corrupt bureaucracy have all diminished wealth creation in the country.