Signs of a col­lapsed state

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY COSTAS IORDANIDIS

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.

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