George A. Papandreou (born June 16, 1952) is Former Prime Minister of Greece, current President of Socialist International, a Member of the Hellenic Parliament and former President of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Greece from October 6, 2009 - November 11, 2011, after PASOK’s victory in the October 2009 national elections.

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Ethnos newspaper – Article: “The New Democracy believes that Greece is of small fortune”

Ethnos newspaper – Article: “The New Democracy believes that Greece is of small fortune”

Ethnos- Article by George Papandreou, President of PASOK

Greece needs profound changes – PASOK expresses the dynamism of society. When the New Democracy gained the vote of Greek population on 7 March 2004 many believed that it had changed, that it could offer to the country, that after so many years something they would have learned, that it would have been drawing on new executives, with new ideas. He himself the current Prime Minister declared in pre-election period that his party is not “right”, but centrist. He accused us indeed that we speak about “Right”, that we try to keep alive the bisector lines of past for clearly electioneering reasons.

For enough time afterwards the elections there were a lot of discussions about the end of dividing lines. The objective of discussions was evident. If they have been suppressed, then there would have been suppressed also the ideological dividers. If ideologies had been suppressed, then the two big political parties were the same.

In this reasoning exists a political and social error. Mr Karamanlis assiduously suppresses that the bisector lines were suppressed with the undertaking of governing of the country by the PASOK 1981. The dividing lines that separated the citizens in two categories. The dividing lines that suppressed equality before law. The dividing lines that suppressed the human rights. The dividing lines that hurt the Democracy. These dividing lines were suppressed. And were suppressed by Andreas Papandreou and the PASOK. This is a uncontradictable, historical make.

Were suppressed however the dividing lines in the ideologies of two big parties? The answer is no. It is enough to report the recent samples of writing of New Democracy in order to locate our deep differences with the conservative party. What didn’t change in the New Democracy? Did not change her vote-catching perception for the things. It did not change her autoritarism. Did not change the way that it annihilates everything that it cannot present as her own work. Did not change the way with which it underestimates the intelligence of Greek population.

The New Democracy continues believing that it controls masses. It cannot understand that it does not control citizens, individuals with crisis, social teams that cannot be deceived with nice reasons. The Greek population wants work, requires effectiveness. The New Democracy did not have and it does not have ways to provide work, tangible, handholded, that would have positive repercussions in the economy, in the growth or in the everyday routine of citizens. The excuse that it offers to the Greek population is that it is not to be blamed itself, but the PASOK.

Fear of responsibilities that is inherent of ideology of Right. No important decision, no reforming initiative her interval of governing was not recorded. Any measure it promotes is in a way that serves vote-catching objectives, interests, or consolidates her power with autoritarism, limiting the operation of democracy. Is not controlled however thus the place. The country needs deep reforms.

Reforms that will help creative forces of country. Reforms that are fixed taking into consideration the social interest. No the service of interests. The New Democracy did nit change. It was got dressed only with modern, communication tricks. I did not change the way that it controls, in a centralized and non transparent way. It did not change as for the lack of respect to the politicians of opposition and to the different opinion. Did not change the mentality of governing, for the New Democracy there exists only a street, hers, the dialogue and the consultation do not have any political substance for them.

Did not change her bonds with centers of interests. Did not change her policies, her choices remain unpopular The basic philosophy of New Democracy remains the same. They believe that Greece is a small country, of limited possibilities. On decades Right in Greece has recommended that the Greek population must not require. Must not claim. Must not dream. That these visions were not realistic, but romantic. The expectations of citizens should be molded in order to fit in the small parcel that the Right could offer to the country. The excuses always the same. We are small, we cannot more.

The sole difference of New Democracy with her past is that sometimes the regime of Right could impose this opinion, many times through violence. Today it has abandoned these practices. Her basic philosophy however has not changed. She is the same. A Greece of small possibilities. The governing of ND impoverishes and minimizes the country. On the contrary, the PASOK believed in the possibilities of Greek population. It released social teams that for years were oppressed. It opened Greece to the world. For the PASOK Greece was always Greece of world. The PASOK expressed and expresses the dynamism of Greek society. The current anniversary of 3rd September comes to remind us that our country deserves better. That the visions, the expectations, the faith in our possibilities, the growth and the social justice are expressed by the democratic party and the social movements.

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