The most remarkable and, indeed, the most curious thing in Greece’s case, as far as the impact of the ‘crisis’ on its Constitution is concerned, is that, in spite of the terrible, unprecedented and unending fiscal crisis that the country is undergoing, the Greek Constitution has displayed a striking resilience. Unlike the tattered and discredited political regime, the constitutional regime-politevma, together with the aura of constitutional legitimacy that surrounds it, is still bearing up and holding firm, while at the same time adapting itself, in a consistently gentle though steady manner, to the constantly changing, fluid and extraordinary economic conditions. The resilience of the Greek constitutional order to the shock waves of the ‘crisis’ coincides with, and is manifested in, the equally striking ability of this constitutional order to adapt to both the multiple demands of the European integration process and the ‘real’ coercive forces of the globalised market economy. The radical changes that have been observed in economy or in social matters during the crisis cannot be described as exceptions to constitutional normality, nor do they overturn established jurisprudence. They form part of the existing constitutional normality, as ‘momentary breaks’ in the continuity of a long constitutional tradition.

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