OPINION

From the top of the ladder

For one more time, Greek President Karolos Papoulias did not mince his words when he decided to speak out against corruption. At last week’s reception celebrating 35 years since the restoration of democracy in Greece, he stated that the country’s moral code is in a state of crisis. He also said that we need to redefine the rules of what is right and wrong, just and unjust, slamming favoritism and political clientelism. Indeed, in the three decades since democracy was restored in Greece, we can, without hesitation, conclude that corruption is one of the most serious problems plaguing the country. For many, the concept of democracy as a universal right has been distorted to mean «anything goes» and the result of this selfish attitude is all too obvious. If, however, this misconception is not remedied, if mentalities do not change, starting from the top of the political ladder right down to the last rung, then the crisis of confidence in the political structure will become very serious indeed.