Friday May 29, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Distorted outlook

By Costas Iordanidis

PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos has linked government stability with the performance of the center-left Olive Tree alliance at the May 25 European Parliament elections. The PASOK president is as uncontainable as he is voluminous, an egotist with a tendency to succumb to the biggest errors of politics, and this statement of his was quite justly interpreted as an expression of defeatism.

However, Venizelos is also a victim of the heightened tones of rhetoric that inevitably arise during election periods. The head-on clash between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, has transformed this election process – usually of little direct importance – into a vote of confidence, and the result is that Venizelos is being crushed into annihilation.

Effectively,Venizelos is dealing with an in-party uprising. His predecessor, George Papandreou, that lone runner of great political distances, has been ignoring him quite systematically, while others within PASOK’s ranks are either directly or tacitly calling for a change in leadership, even as soon as right after the elections. PASOK under Venizelos’s stewardship is crumbling. Its fans can mourn its passing.

On his part, Samaras is acting under the stress of competition with Tsipras. But his problems are not limited to SYRIZA, as Golden Dawn seems to be making something of a comeback despite the general political outcry and the criminal case being built against the party. If this trend is confirmed in the polls it will create huge problems that will no longer be limited to the government’s survival but will function toward undermining the political system in its entirety.

The biggest difference between the Greek leader and his European counterparts is that he is trying to link his own survival to that of the nation and the country. What this results in is rabid confrontations with his opponents, which lead to further disunity within society and an atmosphere of polarization.

In other European countries, mainstream political parties are mostly interested in preserving the political system. Sure, they have their ideological differences, but these are mostly seen as different views on how to best maintain and better a system which no one really questions.

Despite claims to the contrary, Greece does not really belong to the West. Politicians have a kaleidoscopic view of European reality. Tsipras dreams of a European revolution whose overall objectives remain vague. But this distorted perception is damaging the country.

For 34 years, Greece’s political, economic and academic establishment failed to realize the true meaning of the country’s accession to the European system. Some people created and have sought to perpetuate a virtual reality. The result has been a distortion of the political system to an extent never before seen in any of the countries of the European south.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday May 7, 2014 (20:57)  
FIFA and fair play
Greece´s Cuban pathway to a parallel currency
Endless confusion and worry
Following up on a positive step
PM speaks to Merkel, Hollande as lenders increase pressure
With negotiations between Greece and its creditors at a critical phase, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday sought the assistance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Presiden...
To Potami and PASOK poised to support deal
To Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis said Thursday that his party would back any agreement between the government and the institutions, while PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos suggested that P...
Inside News
Hoteliers seek VAT solutions
The Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) is trying to help Greek hoteliers overcome the impasse they have come to with foreign tour operators regarding the signing of contracts...
Chaos in the system for tax declarations
Few taxpayers or even accountants have any idea of what is going on with tax declarations this year, as poor handling by the General Secretariat for Public Revenues, confusion in the Finance...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Panathinaikos conquers PAOK through Tavlaridis goal
A Stathis Tavlaridis goal has brought Panathinaikos to practically within one point from clinching a spot in next season’s Champions League qualifiers, as the Greens made it three out of thr...
SOCCER
AEK Athens returns to top league after financial collapse
Greek club AEK Athens has just returned to the country's top soccer league, two years after financial collapse sent it to a lower league. One of the country's largest clubs, AEK sealed its s...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Hoteliers seek VAT solutions
2. Chaos in the system for tax declarations
3. Lenders’ first-quarter data suffer from NPL expansion
4. Regional airport concession deal ‘to be sealed soon’
5. PM speaks to Merkel, Hollande as lenders increase pressure
6. To Potami and PASOK poised to support deal
more news
Today
This Week
1. Endless confusion and worry
2. G-7 weighs in on Greece as Tsipras government told to be serious
3. ECB's Nowotny says no to loosening funding for Greece now
4. Lagarde says still much work to do in Greek debt talks
5. Greek bank losses show predicament amid record outflows
6. Following up on a positive step
Today
This Week
1. Hotel contracts with a ‘Greek default clause’
2. Neither Grexit nor a dual currency will solve Greece’s problems
3. Some 300 mln left banks on Tuesday
4. No more 'quick and dirty' fixes for Greece
5. Tsipras faces down radicals within SYRIZA over terms of deal
6. Romantic notions meet reality
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.