Thursday April 17, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
15o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Incongruous objectives

By Nikos Xydakis

Should Parliament approve a request by the magistrates investigating Golden Dawn to lift the immunity from prosecution of all the far-right party’s deputies, a slew of new dilemmas regarding the functioning of our democracy will inevitably come to the fore.

Of course the first issue at hand is building a case to support charges that the party constitutes a criminal organization and has been involved in criminal activities, something that is not as easy as it seems and will certainly take a lot of time.

The judicial authorities have the daunting task of proving beyond a shadow of doubt that the suspects have acted in a criminal manner.

They cannot base any part of their case on “evidence” regarding the party’s ideas and ideology, its public tirades and the symbols it uses.

A trial of ideas and intentions is not befitting of a democratic state, irrespective of how abhorrent these may be. Ideas are fought with ideas and evil politics with virtuous politics. Crimes, in turn, are dealt with by applying the law.

If, on the other hand, the response to the neo-Nazi phenomenon is limited to efforts to quash the party without harming it politically, there will likely be some very unpleasant complications. For example, May’s local elections could see a large number of votes going to Golden Dawn candidates who are currently in custody, which would in turn make heros of members of the party who are in fact criminals. This could then create some serious problems in the operation of Parliament, which would further harm the stature of the institution.

The crackdown on Golden Dawn came too late and now it is being hurried along. But because there are different objectives behind it, there is a risk of the philosophy that the end justifies the means prevailing and doing a lot more harm to the integrity of democracy.

The overwhelming majority of Greeks are disgusted by the racist hatred and intellectual crudeness of the blustering neo-Nazis, but these feelings and short-term political gain should not be used to substitute political rationalism, constitutional order, principles of justice and the moral core of democracy.

The democratic prosecutors and the prosecuted neo-Nazis do not share the same value system. Should the former stoop to the latter’s level, the short-term tactical gains will be nothing compared to the long-term losses.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday February 22, 2014 (14:14)  
The placebo effect and the economy
Ukraine is a crisis—but not a Cold War
Transparency of political party funding
Historical baggage
Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
Greece officially offered on Thursday to assist Turkey in its efforts to locate and salvage a Turkish Air Force fighter jet which crashed in the Aegean almost 20 years ago. Greek Defense Min...
Talks lined up in wake of ‘shameful’ soccer scenes
The government has pledged to meet with soccer officials after Easter to tackle unruliness in the game following wild scenes at the Greek Cup semifinal between PAOK and Olympiakos in Thessal...
Inside News
PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln
Public Power Corporation is planning to tap the markets after Easter with the issue of a corporate bond to draw 500 million euros. The Energy Ministry is also eagerly awaiting the issue, as ...
Primary surplus continued by end-March
The budget’s cash results for the first three months of the year pointed to a primary surplus of 771 million euros, according to data published on Thursday by the Bank of Greece. When revenu...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Greek soccer turns fishier than ever
Soccer in Greece reached new lows in scenes unseen since the national team’s triumph in Euro 2004, as PAOK and Olympiakos served up a cup semifinal with PAOK emerging as the winner and the s...
BASKETBALL
Greens within a whisker of upsetting CSKA Moscow
Panathinaikos came mighty close to snatching home advantage from CSKA Moscow in Game 1 of the Euroleague play-offs on Wednesday, but eventually succumbed to its host in Russia in overtime, w...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln
2. Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
3. Primary surplus continued by end-March
4. Eurobank eyes top Core Tier 1 level in Greece
5. Tourist spending up 17.3 pct
6. Talks lined up in wake of ‘shameful’ soccer scenes
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece startup leaders say they can’t break jobless cycle alone
2. Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
3. Seven arrested over Toumba violence
4. Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
5. Greek current account deficit widens in February
6. National Bank of Greece plans senior unsecured bond sale
Today
This Week
1. Bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece
2. Time to take a hard look at debt sustainability, says OECD chief
3. For faith and country
4. CCTV footage from Nigrita Prison shows signs of inmate torture [Video]
5. Car bomb explodes outside Greek Central Bank building, no one hurt [Update]
6. Samaras sees no need for third bailout
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.