OPINION

December 21, 1959

SPYROS MARKEZINIS: The leader of the Progressive Party, Spyros Markezinis, has had an article published in American newspaper The Christian Science Monitor regarding the West’s hopes and fears in view of the next phase of international relations with the Soviet Union. He explaines that the major powers are in the process of abandoning the Cold War because of the economic stalemate arising from the arms race, particularly regarding expensive nuclear weapons, which is making it more difficult for them to support developing nations. Moreover, as nothing can be ruled out, there is also the latent risk of a world war. He warns that it would take time to reduce international tensions. The West should realize that the East’s ideology is a purely materialistic view of life. He says there is a gap between the technical achievements and spiritual progress in our time and that the West would have to fill that gap, drawing upon its Christian tradition, which in fact was quite close to the brilliance of Platonic ideology. And that, according to Markezinis, is precisely the sector where the Western world has the greater advantage.