‘Government from my own generation’

A day after last week’s televised «debate» between political party leaders, the main opposition New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis appears completely satisfied; he feels that his party’s demand for a dialogue between the country’s political forces has been vindicated. «Mr Papandreou tried to avoid a debate with me but was finally dragged into something that he had rejected from the outset,» said Karamanlis in this interview with Kathimerini. «Still, that was a step forward and, of course, we reiterate that there is still time before next Friday for a direct, substantial, open debate on all issues between myself and Mr Papandreou,» he said. At ND headquarters, preparations are under way for the day after election day. ND seems sure of victory, but since everyone has adopted Karamanlis’s stance of humility, ethos and modesty, there are no displays of arrogance. «We will all work together to turn over a new leaf,» said the ND president, adding that on March 8, there will be no winners or losers, «as New Democracy will unite all Greeks.» As for his plans for the government he will form if ND wins, Karamanlis emphasized that it will consist of people of his own generation. «I believe it is time to take a great qualitative leap forward. I am convinced that it is time for people who have no experience of the difficult times when there were violent conflicts to take the country’s destiny in their hands.»

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