The Greek capital is going through a period of political calm and security.
And this despite the noisy demonstrations in the center of the city, which are increasingly fading, mainly because of their messages, and the real, but declining, inflation that is making life very difficult for many people.
And this is also despite the debate in the Parliament this week about the wiretapping issue, which did not present anything new with respect to evidence. The debate was, in fact… underwhelming.
Certainly, Mitsotakis is lucky to have Tsipras opposite him, a man whose era, if there ever was one, has passed, seemingly irretrievably.
Tsipras will have to find another ‘horse’ to ride to the elections because, barring the unforeseen, this ‘horse’ (the wiretapping issue) cannot pull that cart.
Earlier last week, there was some congenial news: former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced the establishment of his Foundation in a packed theater, in the presence of the current and former leadership and executives of the New Democracy. Also present, and indeed in… military uniform, was General Konstantinos Floros, Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff.
Looking at the time horizon, one cannot remain calm for long, however, given that in “a few months,” as the Prime Minister declared in Parliament, the country will enter a pre-election period.
And in fact, the country will have not one, but two electoral contests, as it is expected that no independent government will emerge from the first. And this power vacuum that will inevitably be created – even if only for a short length of time – causes concern as the Turks continue to threaten, at the highest possible level, to “come one night.”
However, the feeling of security felt by the people is particularly high due to a rare favorable moment for the country: the presence of George Tsunis as the American ambassador to Greece.
Probably for the first time in the history of relations between the two countries, the American ambassador is one of the most popular public figures in the country and America is the most popular foreign country.
And probably for the first time, the people feel that the American ambassador is also ‘their ambassador’ to the American superpower. And this relieves and calms the people who are ‘bombarded’ by the threats of the ‘nocturnal’ Turks.