Ac­tions, not words

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Speak­ing yes­ter­day dur­ing a spe­cial event mark­ing the han­dover of the Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion Cul­tural Cen­ter (SNFCC) to the Greek state, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras vowed that his gov­ern­ment will prove the skep­tics wrong and make sure that the state-ofthe-art com­plex is in safe hands. As con­trol of the spec­tac­u­lar new fa­cil­i­ties and park on Athens’s south­ern coast passes from the pri­vate foun­da­tion to the state, one hopes that the premier and his left­ist-led coali­tion will match pledges with prag­matic de­ci­sions in terms of the new man­age­ment. This is the min­i­mum that the peo­ple of this coun­try ex­pect of the gov­ern­ment, which is ea­ger to be seen as a backer of the arts. For its part, the pub­lic has, from the very first mo­ment, em­braced the com­plex – which will house the Na­tional Li­brary and Opera – and is nat­u­rally con­cerned about its fu­ture, given the Greek state’s poor track record when it comes to main­tain­ing and fos­ter­ing the arts. Only time will tell.

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