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Editorial

Expatriate Voting Is an Investment in the Future of Hellenism

The historical magnitude of the change that has taken place in the relationship between the Diaspora and Greece has not yet been fully realized. I am referencing the ability of expatriates to participate in the general elections, as well as in the European elections, from the areas where they live around the world. And yet, it is a reality.

And, for their part, the Greek political parties are counting on our participation, each one, of course, for its own benefit. New Democracy rightfully expects the greatest benefits from our participation, since, among other things, it was the party that actually voted for the relevant law to pass. It is also the one that initiated the campaign for the expatriate vote.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis just visited Canada and our Diaspora – he even spent the day when we celebrate our national rebirth there. It is the first time a Greek Prime Minister has visited Canada in forty years.

During the same time, former Minister of Interior Takis Theodorikakos also visited Canada. He was also responsible for the law on expatriate voting. He was warmly welcomed both by Archbishop Sotirios and by our compatriots.

And furthermore, Minister of the Interior Niki Kerameus is now visiting the U.S. – from coast to coast – explaining the electoral law and urging people to participate in the European elections.

Meanwhile, just a few days ago, the names of the New Democracy candidates for the European elections were released. Among the 28 candidates, six expatriates were included. They may not be enough, or they may not all be the most suitable, but it is certainly a good start.

It will take time, it seems, for the new reality that has been shaped to be internalized on both sides. For one side to better understand the other. For the new expatriate politicians to become active in the areas where they live and to increase, as a result, the interest of the residents. For the authorities of the Greek state to become active, starting with the consulates.

In order for a real connection between the Greek political parties and expatriate Hellenism to be established. Yes, it will take time. However, this conquest by Hellenism, in due course, when it matures, will prove to be one of the most important ‘investments’ ever made in its future.

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