A mo­ment of hon­esty

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We wit­nessed a mo­ment of po­lit­i­cal hon­esty when Mi­gra­tion Pol­icy Min­is­ter Yian­nis Mouza­las ad­mit­ted in a ra­dio in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day evening that he had been wrong to protest against the con­di­tions fac­ing mi­grants await­ing de­por­ta­tion when Nikos Den­dias, now a New Democ­racy MP, was cit­i­zens’ pro­tec­tion min­is­ter.

Mouza­las ad­mit­ted that now he is a min­is­ter him­self he un­der­stands it is not an easy prob­lem to solve. The prime min­is­ter and most mem­bers of the cabi­net should fol­low his ex­am­ple. They caused the coun­try ma­jor harm through their be­hav­ior in op­po­si­tion. Now they are on the other side of the fence and have come to ap­pre­ci­ate re­al­ity. They re­al­ize how crim­i­nal some of the things they said while in op­po­si­tion – such as la­bel­ing the gov­ern­ment a “junta” and its mem­bers “traitors” – ac­tu­ally were.

An apol­ogy, like the one Mouza­las made, would have con­sid­er­able value if the gov­ern­ment also aban­doned the di­vi­sive language that it turns to when­ever it runs into prob­lems.

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