OPINION

Deficiency syndrome

…Evidently, loss of power has had a disastrous effect on PASOK. A good example of this can be seen in the behavior of former deputy development minister Kimon Koulouris, who has recently been appearing on televised debates organized by channels backing PASOK in an attempt to convince the public that the civil service has been invaded by New Democracy representatives. However, his actions are little more than amusing due to their hypocrisy. But they also show the impact that deprivation can have. Indeed, if Koulouris’s behavior is anything to go by, then the Socialist party has no intention of coming around to the idea that it is no longer in power. But it is impossible to attribute the behavior of PASOK chief George Papandreou to such a «deficiency syndrome.» And this is because Papandreou cannot be described as deprived. Without any experience, he became deputy minister, then minister, then opposition leader. So why the constant scaremongering? Perhaps he is trying to get into the good books of those with entangled interests who – more than a year after the party’s leadership changed – are still trying to indirectly promote other PASOK figures, notably former minister Evangelos Venizelos, as more competent party leaders…