The sys­tem must be changed

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY COSTAS IORDANIDIS

elect Don­ald Trump just as he’s about to take up res­i­dence in the White House. Then we have in­tel­li­gence reports sug­gest­ing that his elec­toral vic­tory was the re­sult of cy­ber at­tacks or­ches­trated by Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. We can un­der­stand the frus­tra­tion of the Democrats and the es­tab­lish­ment in gen­eral at its un­ex­pected po­lit­i­cal de­feat, but Trump will be tak­ing up of­fice in just 10 days and the US needs a pow­er­ful leader who will com­mand re­spect and not be seen as a pup­pet of Putin. The West in gen­eral also needs a pow­er­ful pres­i­dent at the helm in Washington, be­cause Amer­ica is per­haps the only coun­try that can re­store some balance to the world. In Western Europe, Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel has al­ready spo­ken of Rus­sian in­ter­ven­tion in the up­com­ing German elec­tions, ac­cus­ing Moscow of ma­nip­u­lat­ing sup­port for the Euroskep­tic AfD party. In France, many be­lieve Na­tional Front head Ma­rine Le Pen is be­ing bankrolled by Moscow af­ter she took out a loan with a Rus­sian bank be­cause French lenders were un­will­ing to help her fund her pre-elec­tion cam­paign. All of a sud­den, Putin ap­pears to be or­ches­trat­ing a cam­paign to de­stroy the West’s po­lit­i­cal fab­ric. And all this comes at a time when Rus­sia is fac­ing se­ri­ous eco­nomic prob­lems and the West has a de­cided ad­van­tage in ar­eas such as the economy, tech­nol­ogy and the mil­i­tary. Some

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