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Hellenes Abroad in Greece’s Progress

The National Herald

ND Leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his speech at Thessaloniki International Fair, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo by MOTIONTEAM/VASILIS VERVERIDIS)

The moment arises when a politician leaps forward, leaving behind his opponents, whoever they may be.

With his body language as well as his words, he convinces us that he is ready. And the people, sensing  the hope they are offered, the coming change for the better, react accordingly – as they do not want to miss the historic moment.

Such a moment took place when Kyriakos Mitsotakis leader of the center- right New democracy party, spoke at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF). His presence was that of a prime minister-in-waiting.

It was where he presented a comprehensive, detailed platform for a different Greece, leaving in the dustbin of history not only his political opponents, but also the few members of his party likely nurturing false hopes...

It is worthwhile to read Mitsotakis’ speech. It presents a thoughtful, well-structured plan for a new era in Greece. It is probably the best-conceptualized plan in many, many years. It is a plan of hope, but a hope based on knowledge and realism, not abstract concepts and obsolete theories. It is a plan that recognizes that Greece is in danger of being left behind rather than benefiting from the revolutionary changes underway.

And it is essential to read Mitsotakis’ plan because it is the basis on which he will rule. Let no one say: “I didn’t know, I found myself surprised.”

And as part of his integrated plan for Greece, it would have been impossible for Hellenes Abroad not to be included. Demonstrating the consistency for which he stands, Mitsotakis underscored the need for extending the right to vote in Greek elections to Hellenes Abroad. The audience erupted in applause – probably the second-loudest ovation, behind his comments about the FYROM agreement.

Referring to Hellenes Abroad at least twice more, Mitsotakis merged Hellenism within Greece and outside of it. He demonstrated that Greece strands on two strands of Hellenism, one inside and the other outside its borders. And that if these two strands are not in harmonious cooperation and synchronization, Greece cannot reach its fullest potential.

It is not clear if this so self-evident idea had been contemplated in the past, and even if it had, it surely was not immersed into national policy.

And in any case, it is clear that relations between the Greeks of Greece and Hellenes Abroad must be solidified, that the latter must be incorporated into Greece’s over all plan for future; they must be given equal opportunities to invest in Greece and that their contributions be recognized in both in their home countries and their ancestral homeland.

That will create a dynamic added value that will only yield bounties to Greece and Hellenism alike.