Signs of a collapsed state
standable; its surprise is not. Just a day before Greece assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union, the escape of terrorist convict Christodoulos Xeros highlighted something a lot worse: that the state has collapsed. This is the prevalent opinion anyway, and it was reinforced by the public order minister launching barbs at the judiciary, and more specifically at the justice minister. The police’s involvement in this incident is not our concern. Greek taxpayers provide the salaries of the police, so they do not have to worry about the handling of all forms of criminal activities. All they ask for is to be safe. If the Greek state were organized, it could have “allowed” Xeros the privilege of frequent furloughs and to associate with members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of the Fire guerrilla group within the same prison, but only to keep a close eye on the people he comes into contact with after a controlled “escape.” But this is obviously not the case. Instead, it is merely the result of the collapse of every concept of state. The political row that broke out between the government and opposition SYRIZA over Xeros’s escape further showed that no progress has been made over the past four decades. For years, Andreas Papandreou and some of his close associates were accused of being behind November 17. The result was PASOK’s election to government in 1981.