Di­vided and un­re­li­able

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

thing goes in that game of power. They be­lieve that they can af­ford to di­vide the Greek peo­ple over the name row with Skopje be­cause it it serves their po­lit­i­cal pur­poses, while cre­at­ing prob­lems for the op­po­si­tion. In the same way, they did not hes­i­tate to pass an elec­toral law which is cer­tain to re­sult in po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity and, per­haps, ren­der the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem hostage to small yet pow­er­ful in­ter­est groups. They tar­get their po­lit­i­cal ri­vals with os­ten­si­bly law­ful, yet deeply an­ti­in­sti­tu­tional meth­ods. The gov­ern­ment’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives express them­selves in a man­ner which is push­ing the rest of the po­lit­i­cal class and the pub­lic dis­course into vul­gar ter­ri­tory. They are turn­ing the po­lit­i­cal arena into an end­less show char­ac­ter­ized by soc­cer-style ri­val­ries. All that is hap­pen­ing as the coun­try’s ba­sic in­sti­tu­tions – ed­u­ca­tion, do­mes­tic se­cu­rity, the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion – are quickly com­ing apart. Our ugly side has resur­faced, in the most in­tense man­ner. This is enough to put off any se­ri­ous in­vestor who might be thinking about putting their money in the Greek econ­omy. Even our most in­dif­fer­ent and cyn­i­cal part­ners are re­al­iz­ing that just as Greece was get­ting ready to cel­e­brate the end of its bailout pro­gram, it sud­denly runs the risk of regress-

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