We are currently marking several milestones in Greece’s contemporary history, events that took place exactly 40 years ago.
These include the unwise and utterly treacherous coup d’etat mounted by the Cypriot National Guard, which led to the ousting of Cyprus President Makarios, along with the fall of the seven-year Greek military dictatorship, the return of Greek statesman Constantine Karamanlis from exile and the beginning of the so-called Metapolitefsi era – the period of political and social transition following the end of the junta.
The Metapolitefsi period began with particularly good omens for Greece’s transformation into a modern institutional country.
Nevertheless, as time went by, the system entered a phase of degeneration, judging by country’s current state.
It turned out that Greece’s biggest enemy was and still is populism, which continues to weigh heavily on the country’s efforts to move forward.