Quiet forces

Greece faces a number of major public safety issues as well as new challenges, not least of which is the unprecedented number of irregular migrants that have made it to the country’s shores.

It is striking indeed that despite a mountain of problems, the Greek state has been very effective in safeguarding public order.

Yiannis Panousis, the minister in charge, has in-depth knowledge of the matters at hand. He and his close aides are working in a professional manner without appearing vulnerable to the kind of partisan politics that often affect this area.

At the same time, police officers, coast guard officials and firefighters are going above and beyond the call of duty despite having suffered significant cuts to their salaries and often lacking the necessary infrastructure and equipment.

Greece owes these people a debt of gratitude. While the nation’s political class is experimenting, often at the people’s expense, they are busy doing their jobs.