Appeal from arts world to politicians

A group of 32 prominent personalities from the arts world on Thursday appealed to the country?s politicians to set aside self-interest and channel all their energies into extracting Greece from an unprecedented economic crisis.

In a document entitled ?Dare,? the group ? which includes artists, writers and composers – declared that, ?those who ignore the signs of the times in such a provocative fashion will and insist in investing in destruction ? with only their own personal and party gain in mind ? will be held entirely responsible for the country?s collapse.?

?The country needs a responsible leadership and a national overhaul which, in cooperation with our European partners, will achieve what is necessary for salvation,? the statement added, noting that the sheer magnitude of the crisis means that only a coordinated effort can stave off disaster.

The list of signatures under the text includes that of poet Kiki Dimoula, composer and singer Dionysis Savvopoulos, painter Alekos Fasianos, writer Apostolis Doxiadis and academic Nikos Alevizatos. Speaking on Skai?s Proti Grammi (Front Line) morning news show, Doxiadis said the initiative was a reaction to the populism of politicians, the media and certain academics.

There was no immediate political response to the appeal.

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