Saturday Jul 26, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
32o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Our eye is off the ball

By Nikos Konstandaras

Our politicians play at politics. They abdicated the difficult role cast upon them by the May 6 ballot and, in going for new elections, they have left the economy and society adrift. The crisis has changed the relationship between our political parties but not their behavior. Politics involves management of today and creating strategy for tomorrow. But, for decades, politics in Greece has been in regression, between unfinished business and utopia.

SYRIZA is basking in its election success, both at home and in foreign media, as if it had been hiding in the mountains and in the hearts of much of the population for decades after the civil war, and now the time has come for the lefts victory -- not only in Greece but all Europe. New Democracy has sounded the bugle to marshal the forces of the right, the center, the middle class, so Greece will not topple from united Europes wagon. PASOK, wounded and humbled, is trying to stay on its feet; the Communist Party and the Democratic Left (like a stern grandmother and her spinster granddaughter) are each engrossed in baking the tried and tested mash of grand words and meager deeds. The Independent Greeks are setting sail for oil riches and Russian rubles.

In their megalomania, each party is trapped in the language, narrative and mentality of the past. Unable to manage their victories and defeats, our politicians (old and new) do what they learned to do for so long: play roles they cannot break out of. Scared of each other, seeing nothing but each other, they cannot compromise. We see this in the result of their words and their deeds: They care nothing for citizens.

Amid all the talk of staying in the eurozone or exiting, of changing or rejecting the bailout agreement, the countrys revenues are shrinking and production withering. The French experts who were helping us reform the public administration (one of Greeces greatest plagues) have no one to talk with and have left. Nothing has been done to improve services, which could offset the many deprivations our citizens have suffered. Soon we will be paying for our medicines ourselves, in the hope of being reimbursed by our social security funds. When we go to the ATM, we are not sure whether it will still have money next time. Looking at the foreign media, we see that everyone is concerned only with how much damage we will cause by dropping out of the euro, not how this wounded nation will survive the crisis.

Our need to reshuffle the deck with new elections makes it look like the result of May 6 was just a bad hand in a game of poker. It shows that our political class cannot see beyond itself.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday May 17, 2012 (23:14)  
What lessons can we draw from antiquity?
Forty years of shortsighted party policies
Putting the past behind us
When evaluation is seen as useless
MP steps in to get power back on at invalids home
An MP had to intervene to get the electricity supply restored to the home of a man who requires a machine to help him breathe just days after a woman on life support died in Hania, Crete, as...
Civil servants who changed contracts to undergo checks
State inspectors are to begin checking the circumstances under which thousands of people working in the public sector had their fixed-term contracts switched to open-ended deals in the years...
Inside News
Trade deficit grows 9.5 pct in Jan-May
Greeces trade deficit recorded a 9.5 percent increase in the January-May period this year compared with the first five months of 2013, data compiled by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (E...
Number of 5-star hotel rooms rises 31.4 percent in four years
The number of rooms at five-star hotels in Greece rose by 31.4 percent from 2009 to 2013, according to a survey conducted by the Research Institute for Tourism of the Hellenic Chamber of Hot...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Ranieri says he has little to change in Greek national team
The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) presented Claudio Ranieri as the new Greece coach for the next couple of years, after the Italian manager signed his contract in Athens on Friday. I l...
SOCCER
Olympiakos downs AC Milan 3-0 in friendly
Greek champion Olympiakos defeated Italy's AC Milan 3-0 late on Thursday in a friendly match that launched the International Champions Cup in Canada and the US. The result, with goals from A...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Trade deficit grows 9.5 pct in Jan-May
2. Number of 5-star hotel rooms rises 31.4 percent in four years
3. Greeks get slightly less downbeat
4. Banks reluctant to issue credit
5. MP steps in to get power back on at invalids home
6. Civil servants who changed contracts to undergo checks
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek coast guard picks up 77 migrants off Myconos
2. Draghi safety net becoming blindfold as bonds soar
3. Godfather, 35, shot at Karditsa christening dies
4. Aegean Airlines resumes flights to Tel Aviv
5. Thousands of dead fish surface in Lake Pamvotis
6. Police report points to less crime in 2014
Today
This Week
1. Greece seen in third bailout as bonds not enough, economists say
2. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
3. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
4. Unequal after death
5. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
6. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.