The cost of an apology
complications involved in the issue, such as obstacles in the supervisory council and in financing. What did Mouzalas effectively say? That when you’re looking in from the outside, you can’t know exactly what is going on. His admission was public and, what’s more, in an environment of solid certainties and constant accusations against previous governments. The youth wing of the ruling SYRIZA party responded to the minister’s comments by saying that Dendias is associated “with one of the darkest aspects of the [Antonis] Samaras administration.” The fact, however, is that its gripe is not with Dendias but with Mouzalas’s apology. It is clear from the comments made by SYRIZA’s youth (and the fact that these are young people makes it even more depressing) that not only is it completely out of touch with the real world (outside the leftist party’s glass house and beyond its ideological fixations), but that it believes an apology instantly puts you in the enemy camp. These youths may even see apologizing as an abhorrent bourgeois habit. Meanwhile, the vandalism by activists in the No Border Camp movement of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, for example, is an acceptable form of “protest” and one on which SYRIZA’s youth wing took no public position.