The Retirement of Karagiozis

The situation would have been entertaining if it wasn’t so dangerous at the same time. While walking on the Right bank of the river…

The Retirement of Karagiozis | tovima.gr

The situation would have been entertaining if it wasn’t so dangerous at the same time.

While walking on the Right bank of the river Antonis Samaras is trying to converge towards the Center, but the phantom of the Far-Right is blocking his way.

On the other bank, the Left one, Alexis Tsipras is making uncoordinated, yet steady steps towards his final destination, the Center.

Both parties that are to dominate in the upcoming elections are claiming more and more centrist voters. They cannot, or rather they do not want to reveal their positions on the country’s immediate problems. In order to pinpoint their position in the political spectrum they often invoke certain deceased politicians, who are presented as the founders of political… dynasties!

In fact significant political differences exist only in the imagination of certain special party officers, who are elected with many votes if they run with a major party, but when they run with their buddies they won’t even vote for themselves!

The party leaderships understand the problem but they do not dare break away from the past and thus we live through the age of stagnation. Tomorrow’s voters would like a real competition between Antonis Samaras and Alexis Tsipras, without the two leaders counting on inter-party intrigues, which when revealed are documented as the Karagiozis of politics.

As time moves forward it becomes increasingly apparent that it is not time yet for the greatest reform the country needs. Namely, a Constitutional Review. Let us hope that the new Parliament will facilitate, if not enforce, the consent of all parties in power with the compulsory retirement of Karagiozis!

Stavros P. Psycharis

Originally published in the Sunday print edition

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