The cost of an apol­ogy

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

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.

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