Greece is the answer – VPRO documentary – 2013

Is ailing Greece the start of a new Europe? Alternatives arising from the ruins of the bankrupt growth economy give citizens control over supply and demand. Local and social; a small-scale economy.

Is ailing Greece the start of a new Europe? Will the cradle of democracy also become the cradle of a new economy? One in four Greeks is out of a job, the youth unemployment rate is approaching 60%, and the purchasing power of the average citizen has declined by 30%. But that is exactly what forces us to think out of the box. For from the ruins of the bankrupt growth economy rises a practicable alternative. The “potato movement” guides the way to a revolutionary new model, that is co-facilitated by the government. Local, social and elusive to futures and distributive trade. In the “no middleman” economy citizens are in control of supply and demand. After the tragedy of the old euro model, modern Greece stages a different economy: that of the smallest unit. Is this where the new Europe is built from the bottom up?

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2013.
© VPRO Backlight September 2013

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Credits:
Director: Alexander Oey
Research: William de Bruijn
Research Greece: Nikolas Leontopoulos
Camera: Jackó van ‘t Hof
Sound: Rik Meier, Jillis Schriel, Dimitris Vlachos
Editor: Chris van Oers, Jaap de Goede
Re-recording mixer: Marco Vermaas
Color grading: Ronald van Dieren
Producer: Jenny Borger, Helen Goossens, Marie Schutgens
Commisioning editor: Henneke Hagen, Frank Wiering
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.

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