50 Years Ago Today

WHO DO WE WANT TO GET RID OF? Greece has to formulate a clear emigration policy. We have to make it clear in our minds, and above all in view of our statistics, if we do in fact possess a surplus population and to what extent. And if we do have more people than the country can provide for, then we have to decide if we want to export them, if it is in our interest to do so, and to which countries. If we do not have a surplus, or if we do not want to export them, we should say so, so that people stop struggling to acquire visas. If we do want to export Greeks, then we should decide which Greeks we want to get rid of. PLASTIRAS-VENIZELOS: Mr. Venizelos and Mr. Plastiras met yesterday afternoon to discuss a governing coalition. Afterward they confined themselves to stating that each had shown an understanding of the need to set out a joint platform. PAPAGOS: Yesterday evening a meeting was held at the home of Field Marshal Papagos with Panayiotis Kanellopoulos, Spyros Markezinis and Stephanos Stephanopoulos. (…) The Greek Rally party’s platform remains unchanged – that is, the formation of a government under Papagos and the declaration of new elections under the majority system. Invisible though the terrorists’ faces may have been, their message was more than clear: No one is safe. The elimination of borders in the era of globalization not only concerns the economy, culture and communications; it also concerns terrorism in its most aggressive and abhorrent form. Neither isolation behind our national borders, nor the fortification of united European security nor the chimera of an anti-missile shield can insure any state, big or small, an enclave of supposed security.

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