OPINION

To serve and protect

A few days ago, an explosion damaged an apartment block in the northeastern Athens suburb of Halandri.

One of the block?s residents is an employee at the Bank of Greece who was responsible for compiling the report that led to a probe being launched into alleged embezzlement at Proton Bank and authorities believe that the blast was intended as a warning to the bank official.

The police are still investigating the explosion and no suspects have been arrested so far.

Public employees who are involved in dangerous and/or delicate cases must be given full protection by the Greek state.

Some people have an interest in turning Greece into a banana republic; this may be so, but we must not allow them to succeed.

The quality and the credibility of a democracy can be judged by looking at whether it has the ability to protect and reinforce the independence of monitoring mechanisms.