Blurry lines of rhetoric

Kathimerini English - - NEWS -

It is re­ally hard nowa­days to know whether an an­nounce­ment or a poster has been is­sued or put up by a la­bor union af­fil­i­ated to the Greek Com­mu­nist Party (KKE), con­ser­va­tive main op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy party or rul­ing PASOK. The lat­est poster to have ap­peared in our streets cour­tesy of the New Democ­ra­cyaf­fil­i­ated union, DAKE, is a per­fect ex­am­ple. Take away the party’s trade­mark blue color and the word­ing of the poster could be­long to KKE’s PAME union or to a hard­core union with PASOK links. With their wooden, in­cen­di­ary and threat­en­ing rhetoric, these union­ists are hold­ing all the par­ties that de­pend on them hostage. How can a con­ser­va­tive party like New Democ­racy pos­si­bly tol­er­ate this kind of be­hav­ior and jus­tify it as be­ing a part of its pol­icy line against the midterm fis­cal agree­ment? It ap­pears that we are ul­ti­mately pay­ing for the ex­tent to which the old PASOK’s rhetoric and ide­ol­ogy has seeped across party borders and even into a sec­tion of the cen­ter-right.

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