OPINION

Convergence

The two main parties have exactly the same goal, that is, to sway the leftist parties or, at least, some of their voters. In terms of appearances, however, they are wielding different weapons: The conservative New Democracy opposition has declared the «end of ideological divisions,» hoping that this will charm some voters across the political spectrum and convince them to join its ranks, since «traditional dividing lines» have, supposedly, vanished. The ruling PASOK party, spearheaded by its general secretary, announces a «return to ideologies,» in an attempt to coalesce an «anti-rightist front.» It’s easy to imagine how it plans to treat such an alliance, provided, of course, that it can manage to put it together without limiting itself to the recruitment of a small number of leftist figures in the state mechanism, which it will then manipulate and exploit as long as it needs to – such as in the municipal elections – and then abandon where the rubbish of history is usually discarded. But the difference between the two parties is superficial and, regardless of their rhetoric, they converge on one major point: their disregard for ideology, their negation of ideology. New Democracy does this through its discourse, while the ruling PASOK party does it through its policies…