Shame­ful events on Corfu

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The events that un­folded on Wed­nes­day night in Corfu Town are com­pletely un­ac­cept­able. How can we tol­er­ate the at­tack on Euro MPs, who were in Greece at­tend­ing a seminar that was ad­dress­ing ways of tack­ling il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and who ob­vi­ously want to hear about ways they can help Greeks, by an an­gry mob and then hav­ing to be whisked away from the is­land by the coast guard? It is dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that any­one has failed to un­der­stand that Greece can­not af­ford to make any more en­e­mies and needs as many friends and al­lies as it can get. This kind of be­hav­ior fur­ther en­trenches the stereo­type that is be­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally re­in­forced by cer­tain peo­ple who ar­gue that Greece has no place in the Euro­pean fam­ily. All po­lit­i­cal party lead­ers need to take such events se­ri­ously and to pub­licly take a stand against them, mak­ing it clear that they will not tol­er­ate be­hav­ior that makes this kind of bar­barism look cool, and es­pe­cially not when the en­tire nation’s rep­u­ta­tion is at stake.

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