In the past Greece has been represented in the European Parliament by many capable and respectable politicians who have made a name for themselves in politics, business and other areas.
By allowing voters to pick their candidates as well as their parties, the result has unfortunately met some of our worst expectations. The majority of the candidates who were elected to represent Greece in Brussels, with just a few shining exceptions, belong in the category of politicians whose only claim to fame is that they make regular local TV appearances and people know who they are if they walk past them in the street.
We often complain about the standard and the quality – or lack thereof – of Greece’s politicians. But when we as citizens elect the products of a shallow media environment to represent us at the highest level in Europe, then the onus lies with us just as much as it does with the political parties who nominated them.