Thursday April 24, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
21o C
15o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
In a changing Europe

By Costas Iordanidis

The attack by Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independent Party (UKIP), on Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at Wednesday's European Parliament assembly was especially vehement but it was also indicative of the attitude of many emerging forces in Europe today.

His statements provoked disgust and anger, and not exclusively in the government, but they come as no suprise.

On November 22, 2011, Farage had launched a frontal assault on European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, calling him a nobody and saying that he comes from a non-country.

Extreme aggression expressed in words only, of course and scathing sarcasm are not foreign to British politics, where histrionics are the rule and where those being attacked usually respond in kind.

In the Greek Parliament, the microphones are turned off when things get out of hand and one senses this is a good thing because it is almost certain that if verbal aggression is allowed to escalate it will lead to aggression of a physical kind.

The issue, however, is not the manner in which Farage addressed the Greek prime minister, but the fact that despite their differences which can be great nationalist and extreme-right parties are set to see their influence rise quite significantly after Mays European elections.

The political map of Europe is changing drastically, the decisions made by the European Unions leadership are increasingly being called into question and the idea that the whole affair of deeper unification is all about serving the interests of big business and the bureaucrats in Brussels is gaining ground.

The Euroskepticism that was once a note of discord in British politics is now taking on a primitive and at times quite disgusting form.

Without doubt, the onus of responsibility lies with the European elite, which tends to downplay the significance of the expected results of Mays elections.

Meanwhile, other than the fact that the outcome of the European polls is expected to be mirrored on a domestic level in Greeces local elections, the new political formations that have emerged over the past few years are also affecting the Eurocentric parties as well.

In Britain, where his popularity is growing daily, Farage has changed the agenda, with Prime Minister David Cameron calling a referendum for 2017 on whether the country should remain in the EU.

In Greece, under pressure from the opposition, some coalition MPs and public opinion, the government has adopted a stance of resistance toward the troika in the hope that it will get some clemency from the lenders amid fears that the European Parliament elections will boost the standing of the Euroskeptics.

The situation is one of complete fluidity.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday Jan 15, 2014 (21:28)  
At the mercy of fools
Putting the party above the country
Strong card in debt talks
Its too soon for Europe to declare victory
Work at new Athens cultural center gathering pace
It was revealed on Thursday that the outer shell of buildings at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center should be completed by July 28. The planting of trees and shrubs on the 17-he...
Greece makes request for debt relief as loan tranche approved
Greece made its first official request on Thursday for further debt relief as the Euro Working Group (EWG) met in Brussels to rubber-stamp the 2013 primary surplus and approve the release of...
Inside News
Benchmark up thanks to late blue chip rally
A late rally by blue chips including Piraeus and National offset the losses that the Athens bourse benchmark had been showing up to about half an hour before the end of Thursday's trading, w...
PPC to sell 500 mln euros of 3- and 5-year bonds
Greece's state-controlled electricity firm PPC confirmed on Thursday it would sell bonds worth 500 million euros ($691 million). The notes will be a combination of three- and five-year bonds...
Inside Business
SOCCER
4,000 officers to police Greek Cup final
Police says it will ban mass gatherings in central Athens amid heavy security measures planned for Saturday's Greek Cup final between Panathinaikos and PAOK at the Olympic Stadium. More than...
BASKETBALL
Never underestimate the Greek hoopsters
Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, who between them have won the last three European crowns, won again at home on Wednesday to take their Euroleague play-off series with Real Madrid and CSKA Mosc...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Work at new Athens cultural center gathering pace
2. Greece makes request for debt relief as loan tranche approved
3. New court to deal with major crime, graft cases
4. More than 20,000 protests since 2010 bailout
5. Red tape cut for EU law graduates
6. Balkan train links to resume on May 10, with discounts
more news
Today
This Week
1. Putting the party above the country
2. Three missing from cargo ship that went down off Crete
3. Strong card in debt talks
4. Central Athens cleanup a sign of Greece's turnaround
5. Samaras meeting with Dimon key to Greek return to bond markets
6. Police on high alert for Greek Cup final in Athens on Saturday
Today
This Week
1. Greece startup leaders say they cant break jobless cycle alone
2. Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
3. Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
4. Government looks to kick on
5. Putting the party above the country
6. Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.