Editorial: Balanced message
The message of the Greek people in the local government elections turned out to be rather balanced. Despite the early impressions from the…
The message of the Greek people in the local government elections turned out to be rather balanced. Despite the early impressions from the exit polls, the electoral message was clear: maintain stability and bring change where it doesn’t alter the overall pictre.
The SYRIZA candidate’s lead in Atttica and the good result of their candidate for the Athens are offset by their results in the rest of Greece. The outcome of the vote in the first round isn’t really a cause for celebration for any side, There is of course one blemish; the increase of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party’s presence, especially in Athens. This is a phenomenon that must cause great concern, particularly within the political system.
The political leaderships will weight the results and carry out their estimations.
It is clear though that the people were not drawn in by the divisive dilemmas that were posed in the past few weeks and rewarded or rejected the candidates according to their actions and not their political identity.
The political correlations after the first round of elections do not cast in doubt the political stability in the country. It is clear though that the people want to take advantage of the more capable officers and that they are in favor of a renewal in the political and local government personnel. The government and opposition alike must take this into consideration.
They must also understand that the extreme polarization didn’t help out anyone in the end. So until the next round, let them focus their creativity in a substantial debate about Greece’s place in Europe, how we can better take advantage of domestic production to leave the crisis behind us once and for all and to set aside the divisive and ineffective, as it turns out, conflicts.