De­gen­er­a­tion of vi­sion

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

It is a dis­cus­sion with­out end, one ex­clu­sively con­ceived for lo­cal con­sump­tion, at a time when the coun­try’s big­gest chal­lenges – from immigration to tax eva­sion – are spi­ral­ing out of con­trol and the coun­try is reel­ing un­der pres­sure from mul­ti­ple fronts. Sim­i­larly to the coun­try as a whole, lo­cal media out­lets are also stuck in a tight, repet­i­tive cy­cle of ar­gu­ments which ul­ti­mately in­ten­sify the gen­eral feel­ing of be­ing held cap­tive as well as the pre­vail­ing sense of in­tro­ver­sion – all over again. This is be­cause from Poul Thom­sen to Delia Vel­culescu, the only thing that has changed in the last five years in Greece, be­sides the troika’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives, is the pop­u­la­tion’s age and the state of its econ­omy – to both of which new bur­dens and debts are con­stantly be­ing added. Mean­while, the no­tion that the fun­da­men­tal prob­lem right now is whether the left will be tar­nished or not is shared by other SYRIZA mem­bers as well. The sud­den pub­lic­ity, both lo­cally and abroad, along with the sweet sen­sa­tion of ex­er­cis­ing power for the first time have wo­ven a co­coon (with­out any pro­tec­tive qual­i­ties) of delu­sions for the ma­jor­ity of the rul­ing party’s mem­bers. Once in­side this co­coon they are liv­ing their own ver­sion of re­al­ity – dated, lim­ited and

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