Editorial: Our mutual benefit

The German President’s visit to our country, especially to pay his respects –albeit belatedly – at a place of martyrdom, such as Liagades, which the Nazis …

Editorial: Our mutual benefit | tovima.gr

The German President’s visit to our country, especially to pay his respects –albeit belatedly – at a place of martyrdom, such as Liagades, which the Nazis literally razed to the ground, is particularly symbolic.

It is moral recognition of the incredible sacrifices and brutal violence suffered by the Greek people during the German occupation in the Second World War. It is also a sincere admission that the current German leadership is fully aware of the crimes the Nazi regime committed.

The German President will not obviously provide a solution for the German reparations issue, nor is it within his power to do so. His stance however will help overcome the pitfalls and prejudices that linger on the both sides. We would like to hope that Europe never experiences the horrors of Nazism. After all, the foundation of a united Europe was based upon the perception, the reasoning of cooperation and peaceful coexistence.

Europe is and must be the common home of its entire people, irrespective of nationality, political differences and the past. Peaceful coexistence, solidarity and our mutual culture will help us overcome our prejudices and differences, while helping us find what unites us.

The suffering and reactions that challenge Greeks and others suffering from harsh financial policies cannot lead to extreme ideas which perpetuate stereotypes and preconceptions from the past. The countries currently dominating in Europe, such as Germany, must set aside their obsessions and preconceptions and instead further invest in our mutual path and interest, just like the pioneers of the union had envisioned, and less according to their immediate national interests.

TO VIMA

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