Call­ing the shots be­hind the scenes

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

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.

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