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#ThisIsACoup - Greek Unrest Trends on Twitter After Euro Summit

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If you've been following the events surrounding the Greek ainti-austerity movement over the past few months you'll probably agree that it's been a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. The almost-bankrupt nation overwhelmingly rejected the EU austerity movement and opened up negotiations with the rest of the Eurozone about how to deal with the crushing debt that's slowly dragging them under. Now, after a punishing 26 hour summit (seemingly the longest in EU history), a new deal has been brokered.

The details of the deal are surfacing very gradually, but concern about their nature is already mounting and unsurprisingly, Twitter has become the go-to source for public opinion on the matter. Tellingly, the two most popular hashtags are negatively weighted, representing the deal as an unfair one. The first and most popular is #ThisIsACoup, closely followed by #TspirasLeaveEUSummit, which as the name suggests is encouraging prime minister Alexis Tspiras to turn his back on the other European leaders.

Despite such staunch opposition to the previous austerity measures, it seems that a new wave will be introduced as Greece heads towards economic rebalance. This is, in part, a response to increasing pressure from Angela Merkel and the rest of the German government to toe the line. A big part of that was the demand that Greece funnel off  €50bn of public assets into an offshore account for privatisation. It's not entirely clear how all this is going to play out in the long run, but what is clear is that Greece now have a long list of economic reforms to pass in a very short space of time, and that a lot of people are pretty uneasy about the whole thing.
Under the aforementioned hastags, a wider discussion has opened up about what this all means for the future of Greece and the rest of the Eurozone. The reactions range from astute political commenting to outright attacks on Merkel and Germany for their harshness on the matter. This is the most Twitter has looked like a play-by-play of a gestating revolution in a very long time, the anger is widespread and potent.
It's worth remembering that Twitter is also the biggest hotbed of knee-jerk reactions on the internet, the fact of the matter is that we simply don't know how the enacted demands will work for or against Greek society, but a very clear cross-section of public dissatisfaction has been drawn.

Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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#ThisIsACoup - Greek Unrest Trends on Twitter After Euro Summit Reviewed by Callum Davies on Monday, July 13, 2015 Rating: 5

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