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Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a corruption tragedy by choice Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a corruption tragedy by choice
by Thanos Kalamidas
2022-06-10 08:47:57
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It feels like there is a curse laid upon Greece; every time this historic democracy takes a breathe of hope something new comes to destroy all and remind us how fragile democracy can be. In fact this fall is what Greece lives nowadays and under the ruling of an absolutely corrupted, populist and far-right Prime Minister, Kyriakos ‘Koulis’ Mitsotakis.

The decade 2009-2019 was a nightmarish era for the Greek people. They found themselves in a bankrupted country, their income diving almost 40% down and all public sector in ruins. They felt that while the earth kept going around, evaluating and improving, Greece was falling backwards into past miserable post WWII decades of poverty and hunger. Poverty reached more than 60% of the population whilst more than 40,000 Greeks found themselves living in the streets, homeless and powerless with bank and money-sharks surrounding them from every side trying to get a piece even from the Greek historic and national sovereignty.

mitso01_400_02Sadly this was not the first time Greece fell into this short of abyss. Greece was founded as a sovereign and independent nation on May 1, 1827, during the Fourth National Assembly, held in Troezen. In just four years time after, a nation still in war with the Ottoman Empire, declared bankruptcy for loans taken from the British Empire. At least that time there was an understandable and solid excuse; war.

In 1893, then-Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis announced Greece's second bankruptcy with the historic phrase: "Regretfully, we are bankrupt." Sending all the Greeks into absolute poverty that lasted for more than two decades.

In 1932, the country declared bankruptcy again due firstly to the inability of the then Prime minister, Eleftherios Venizelos, to understand the consequences of the economic crash of 1929 and secondly to uncontrollable borrowing and spending from all elements of the government.

After WWII it was only the infamous "Marshall Plan" that saved Greece from a series of serious bankruptcies that would have destroyed the economy and every social structure of the nation for decades. Konstantinos Karamanlis's eight years of governing Greece (1955-1963) made the situation only worse with the dictatorship (1967-1974), in the absolute peak of corruption, destroying whatever was left.

What followed in 1981 with the official entrance of Greece into the European Union was far more aggressive borrow and spend but this time with the socialists Andreas Papandreou and Kostas Simitis on the helm and partly with EU funds. That period also proved that in Greece Socialists can be equally corrupted with conservative and far-right politicians.

However, what all these economic downfalls and bankruptcies in Greece have in common is included in one and only one word, corruption. Uncontrolled and unscrupulous corruption. Politicians and rulers who never served the country and the people but exclusively their personal interests and their personal treasury, well hidden in one or another offshore Caribbean or Swiss installment. Politian’s who started their career as the poor village lawyer with a donkey to move from place to place ended their life in palaces leaving behind them money and items to fill museums and keep busy for very long time any investment company anywhere in the world. Suitcases or diaper boxes, full of pounds, euros or dollars moved from carriers to politician’s houses in order to fulfill any kind of legal or illegal promise or betrayal. Eventually with few bright exceptions just to prove the rule, corruption and betrayal became the norm and the pattern in Greek politics and governing life.

In the meantime the Greek people try to survive poverty and misery in daily base. And unfortunately still do since the only thing that survives all bankruptcies in Greece it is corruption. And while we all thought that a decade of memorandums, poverty and sacrifices would have teach the necessary lessons that will stop mistakes happening again, Greeks elected - absolutely democratically and giving him full parliamentarian and legislation power - a politician better known for his families ties with all kinds of political and money power and his personal involvement into a bribe scandal. A product of nepotism and corruption.

What followed is a far-right government following Donald Trump’s blue print where the public sector is destroyed in favour of the friendly to Kyriakos ‘Koulis’ Mitsotakis’ and his cronies’ privateers, while public funds keep finding a way to ‘family and friends’ offshore and paradise islands’ accounts. Everything that led to a series of bankruptcies from 1830 to the present day resurrected, alive and kicking in the offices of the present Greek administration. Authoritarianism, Dark Age's conservatism, far-right fanatism, populism, nepotism, racism, and all kinds of phobias settler in the Greek governing administration’s offices. Ironically the democratic elected Greek administration. The most corrupted government in the modern Greek history.

The country that gave birth of democracy lacks freedom of press and freedom of expression with Kyriakos ‘Koulis’ Mitsotakis’ lackeys sensor and manipulate even social media like Facebook and Twitter. Opposition, any kind of opposition to Kyriakos ‘Koulis’ Mitsotakis has no voice at all in bribed media environment and suspiciously not so ...blind judicature.

Nothing of the above is unknown to Brussels and the rest of the European capitals and in a very twisted way Athens should thank Russia for the invasion to Ukraine otherwise a new Greek economic crisis would have monopolised headlines the last few months. Kyriakos ‘Koulis’ Mitsotakis’ corrupted administration has been driving Greek economy into a new default with all debts having increasing dramatically even compared to the 2009 crash. With or without the Ukrainian crisis, Greece is heading for another economic crisis and if nothing happens soon this time is going to be far more dramatic because the first time is a mistake the second time....

With each passing day the damage in every single level of the Greek economic, social and political life becomes not only worst but irreparable; democracy in Greece dies fast and the responsible has a name: Kyriakos ‘Koulis’ Mitsotakis.

The irony? Greek people democratically chosen this end for their future, they volunteerly and fully aware let themselves to be coned by this conman and his cronnies, and they might fall for him....again, in the coming elections!


        
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