Calling the shots behind the scenes
state while Y had spectacularly increased his profit margin. Neither the media nor the politicians ever dared to cut to the bone of the issue. To be sure, casting light on such cases is no easy task. However, the foot-dragging and complete failure to fully investigate any of these corruption cases never ceases to amaze me. It is never proved in court that Mr X was an arms dealer, or that Mr Z was a middleman who arranged the commissions with a certain group of politicians in a certain shady room in a certain place. Meanwhile, talk about waging war on corruption never stops. A few, small steps have been made. And that is thanks to serious investigative journalism and some solid judges. Corruption however is deeply rooted, particularly in specific areas. Even if you are prime minister, it’s next to impossible to find any state official willing to help you on the phone if you want to find out the truth about a contract. Purging Greece of corruption appears to be a distant dream. Greek society has become apathetic and cynical. They put the guilty and the innocent in the same bag. Some officials in the SYRIZA-led coalition government have gone way too far in the name of a totally misguided left-wing purity.