Shaking up Greece’s democratic system
Professor Nicos C. Alivizatos talks to Kathimerini about constitutional review, the Church, main opposition SYRIZA and the far right
Nicos C. Alivizatosis professor of constitutional law at the University of Athens. One would expect that a discussion with him about his latest book (“What Democracy for Greece After the Crisis?” – in Greek – published by Polis) would focus on very specific issues, such as the revision of the Constitution, the separation between Church and state and the introduction of a more stable electoral system. However, it turns out that the crisis has also had an impact on his own certainties. For the first time since the fall of the country’s military dictatorship in the early 1970s, Alivizatos sees a need to mobilize and defend fundamental values such as democracy and the rule of law.
For me it’s a major issue. I have dealt with it for years, since the identity card controversy in the 1990s to the 2005 human rights bill when the late Archbishop Christodoulos threatened to excommunicate us. The issue is still on the agenda, but not a top priority right now.
The Church must isolate them and promote others, less prominent, who do charity work.
The media are also to blame here. However, I cannot hide my disappointment that the Harvard-educated archbishop of Mesogaia led a campaign against the creation of crematorium in the Markopoulo area, east of Athens. And I am not even talking about building a mosque.