OPINION

Pompous language

Of course, the government could not possibly downgrade a major event such as the debut of the single European currency given that the primary objective of the policy followed by the prime minister and his reformist aids over the past five years has been Greece’s entry into the eurozone. Hence, the festive atmosphere created by the government on New Year’s Eve was justified and so was the euro’s welcome ceremony at the Bank of Greece. Apart from that, however, what’s the use of pompous remarks by government officials who in their public addresses are trying to convince people that the circulation of the euro currency inaugurates a new era of great national power, prosperity, development; that by adopting the euro Greece will solve all its problems; that our country has automatically joined a different, superior class being at the «heart of the international economic system?» An article by Costas Simitis in Ta Nea daily recently gave the impression that the prime minister believes that by entering the eurozone, Greece automatically fulfills all the necessary conditions for a bright future in the Europe’s EMU project, and that it will achieve what it has not achieved during the previous 20 years in the community… Foreign Ministry spokesman Panayiotis Beglitis played down the Ethnos report yesterday, saying that the political aspect it was giving the NOTAM «creates an intense climate of fear regarding relations between Greece and Turkey,» adding that «We should not create scenarios that have a strong sense of conflict.»