OPINION

Aleka Papariga’s mixed legacy

The views held by Aleka Papariga, who recently stepped down as leader of the Greek Communist Party (KKE), are are diametrically opposed to the fundamental values of the country’s democracy.

During her 22 years as KKE chief, the politician endorsed a mode of protest that often damaged the interests of the country and its prospects for economic growth.

That said, it should be pointed out that at crucial moments in Parliament and in meetings of party leaders Papariga always kept her cool and behaved in a responsible manner.

She belongs to a generation of politicians with firsthand experience of Greece’s contemporary history. As a result, she is well aware of the risks posed by hyperbole and extreme positions.

Although the 67-year-old politician will remain a member of Parliament, her departure from KKE’s helm will create a vacuum in Greek politics.