Coun­try’s im­age tainted, again

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

In the wake of re­cent devel­op­ments, Greece is once again be­ing cast as a na­tion that ha­bit­u­ally im­ports and ex­ports trou­ble­mak­ers and ter­ror­ism. The coun­try is seen as a pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion among cer­tain el­e­ments abroad who think that in this cor­ner of the con­ti­nent they can be­have in ways which are not ac­cepted in other Euro­pean states. We are now wit­ness­ing an at­tempt to ex­port ter­ror – an en­ve­lope that ex­ploded at the Euro­pean of­fices of the IMF in Paris yes­ter­day car­ried a Greek return ad­dress and was pur­ported to have been sent by a New Democ­racy of­fi­cial, while, ear­lier in the day, lo­cal guer­rilla group Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a sim­i­lar pack­age con­tain­ing ex­plo­sives that was in­ter­cepted by Ger­man po­lice the pre­vi­ous day. This is caus­ing dam­age to the coun­try’s im­age dur­ing a very del­i­cate pe­riod. We must – as a so­ci­ety and as a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem – change our stand vis-a-vis phe­nom­ena of this kind be­fore it is too late.

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