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Is the Greek Government … Cursed?

The start for Greece’s coalition government that emerged after the June 17 elections could not be worst. Just one day after the new government of Nea Dimocratia, PASOK and Democractic Left was sworn-in, a series of  “unlucky” incidents started to occur: 

-PM Antonis Samaras was hospitalized due to retinal detachment. He underwent operation and doctors forbidden him to attend the EU Summit.

– Hours later, after Samaras went to a public hospital, would-be Finance Minister Vassilis Rapanos was taken to a private hospital. Immense stress condition and apparently the return of a chronic disease. Rapanos resigned before, he was sworn-in.

-A ‘diplomatic gaffe’ exposed the councelors of the government. While it was decided Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos would represent Greece at the EU Summit, the EU put under the nose of the Greeks the protocol Treaty that says “only state leaders and prime ministers can attend Summits.”

–  President, Karolos Papoulias, has been assigned with the duty to represent Greece in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. Papoulias will carry a letter by Samaras addressing his EU partners. Can the 84-year-old President fulfill his task? Thank God, Greece won’t be on the EU agenda as the Euro crisis push one after the other the eurozone members to bailout mechanism. 

– Avramopoulos got sour for not attending the Summit.

– While things seemed to be slowly settled, Shipping (Maritime) deputy minister Giorgos Vernicos was “enforced” to resign as he is owner of an off-shore company, something the law forbids for public persons. Again. Didn’t the government officials know the laws? It wasn’t a secret that Vernicos is owner of off-shore, like all Greek reeders, ship- and touristic boat owners.

– When also this issue was solved, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos declared, PASOK cannot be identified with Nea Dimocratia. “PASOK does not forget the huge responsibility of ND, it took the country blindly to May 6 elections, and it fueled the polarisation with SYRIZA,” Venizelos told members of the party’s parliamentary group.

Which reminds me of Samaras insisting ND was in opposition, while it had formed a coalition with PASOK under PM Papademos. 

Is Samaras’ government … cursed?

After the three serious setbacks, citizens puzzle whether the government is cursed. Or just not professional enough. Or “blessed” with bad luck due to its confusing birthday date: Samaras was sworn in on June 20, the cabinet on June 21, 2012. While astrologists haven’t taken open position to this important issue, some worried ND supporters do all they can to ‘exorcise’ the bad luck.

In the local branch of Nea Dimocratia in Trikala, they hang a string of garlic to kick out potential political vampires attempting to harm Samaras’ government. 

A second garlic string was placed under Samaras’ picture waving Goodbye to his enemies.

Will the vampire antidote save the Greek government or it would need also a silver cross as well?

 Antonis Samaras is the 13th Prime Minister of Greece after the fall of the military dictatorship in 1974.


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  1. citizens puzzle whether the government is cursed. Or just not professional enough

    Not professional at all. It was the main thing that brought us here in the first place. But every government for the last 2+ years has categorically refused to do one iota about it.
    It really is something that makes Greek stand out above others. Most of the times a country does not function because the political class is not up to the task at hand. But almost always there is a strong backbone in the State mechanism that keeps things running in a sort of professional matter. And as citizen you know that if the crooked politicians are removed you will get justice. India is a nice example of that.
    But in Greece the whole darned thing is rotten to the core. Not with corruption, but mainly with incompetence. Corrupt elements can get away with murder because of that.
    When I talk to people around me here they suddenly seem to understand the depth of our problems when they got this clear in their head. Nothing around them compares to it. Corruption is here, incompetence is here. But it almost never goes so massively hand in hand as in Greece.
    It might be an eye-opener to them, but it is what makes me despair. Ok, now there is a deputy-mayor with 3 million in his bank account he can’t justify. “A good start”, I hear. But I only see the thousand possibilities that he will get to never be punished for his deeds.
    And on this happy note, I think I will go and walk the dog for a long, looooooooong walk.

    • So true. The incompetence is tackled via the corruption. Like when you need something to get done involving the dimosio, it seems to get mired in a bureaucratic maze until the fakelaki comes out and then all of a sudden “solutions” magically appear!

  2. If ND members are putting garlic all over the place, that could explain why their ministers are dropping like flies 🙂

    Keep up the good work, guys! We need another government, quickly.