Be­tween two worlds

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Greece is part of the West and the First World. The coun­try’s place in the world was de­cided by the peo­ple many decades ago. Sure, we have come close to sev­er­ing ties with the rest of Europe and the West of­ten in our his­tory, and risked squan­der­ing our First World sta­tus. If this was averted, it was thanks to our sur­vival in­stinct. It was this in­stinct of self-preser­va­tion that saved us when cer­tain po­lit­i­cal forces sought to drag us in the wrong di­rec­tion in the sum­mer of 2015. The pres­ence and the speech by Greece’s left-wing prime min­is­ter, Alexis Tsipras, in Cuba during events to mark the death of Fidel Cas­tro sug­gest that many in our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem still have no idea of where they stand. They deem it ap­pro­pri­ate to iden­tify with Third World sym­bols at a time when the coun­try is striv­ing to main­tain a Western way of life. The whole at­ti­tude would sim­ply be pa­thetic were the coun­try not faced with so many open fronts.

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