The composition up until now of the various parties’ lists of candidates for the European parliamentary elections next month indicates that Greece’s political party leaders are more interested in publicity stunts than in ensuring the country’s effective representation within the institution of the European Union. And that is a huge mistake. The decisions of the European Parliament, though they may be taken thousands of miles away in Strasbourg and Brussels, have significant implications that affect each and every one of us. For this reason, the country’s political parties should choose to nominate to their tickets responsible technocrats who are able to live up to the sober responsibilities and serious expectations of this crucial institution. The national interests of this country warrant that parties take the selection of Euro deputy candidates much more seriously than they appear to be. Less symbolism and quite a bit more substance would be much appreciated.