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  • Editorial: A veil of neo-conservatism does not befit Greece

    Other EU countries must follow the German example as regards the distribution of migrants. Berlin took in 1 million migrants and refugees and distributed them proportionately around the country without upsetting social cohesion .

    A veil of neo-conservativism is once again tending to cover Greece due to the heightened migration and refugee problem.

    Marginal extreme-right and nationalist groups that were recently defeated feel as if they have found a new field of action and reconstruction all over Greece and especially in Macedonia, where their activity over the last years was not successful.

    Now, with the adoption of a measure to decongest the Aegean Islands which receive the vast majority of migrants by relocating migrants and refugees to the mainland, the same people and forces are inciting negative reactions that are not in line with Greek mores.

    Everything that has occurred over the last days in cities and villages in mainland Greece reveal the unalloyed political aims of circles of unrepentant exploiters of a skewed perception of the nation, about which they couldn’t care less.

    The propaganda of those who secretly exercise power on the sidelines and the dark mobilisations of supposedly indignant citizens have nothing to offer the country and only aggravate domestic problems.

    The truth is that they are encouraged by the way the media handle such reactions. Excessive coverage for the sake of spectacle turns the reactions into an instrument that harms and shakes the credibility of the media.

    The previous vote-mongering stance of otherwise systemic political parties leads to the same results.

    The harm unfortunately has not become a lesson to parties and most media. The political and social harm produced by sensationalism has repeatedly been demonstrated.

    This is an international problem and will have a long duration as it is linked to a broader geopolitical reshuffling and is reproduced by politico-economic conditions in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

    There can be no exclusively Greek solution to the problem especially since a hostile Turkey uses it to pressure Greece and as a negotiating tool with our EU partners.

    The government must calmly make decisions with a rational distribution of political cost and a mobilisation of international players to ensure that agreements are implemented.

    The EU-Turkey Statement on migration has specific provisions which must be implemented by both sides.

    There are no magical solutions. Other EU countries must follow the German example as regards the distribution of migrants. Berlin took in 1 million migrants and refugees and distributed them proportionately around the country without upsetting social cohesion or altering the synthesis of the population, as shadowy Greek propagandists maintain.

    Greece is a democratic country that upholds specific traditions.

    It will not tolerate the veil that some would like to place on it.

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