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Editorial

Not One Word about Hellenes Abroad – Not One!

After three whole hours of the so-called debate of the political leadership of Greece – yes, I too am angry over the use of the English word instead of the Greek τηλεμαχία (telemachia) – I came away with two main impressions:

First, it was confirmed once again that Kyriakos Mitsotakis is overwhelmingly superior to his political opponents. That he is the man for our time, who, if given the opportunity, as is generally expected, will bring Greece to an enviable level.

And, second, that the majority of the other political leaders insist on living in the past, which they strive to beautify, as if the collapse of Communism did not happen, as if we did not experience the consequences of the ‘sublime’ economic policy of the Varoufakis-Tsipras duo.

In fact, as I watched the event in Athens’ grand Zappeion Hall earlier in the week – in which Mitsotakis, Karamanlis, and Samaras participated – where Konstantinos Karamanlis signed Greece’s accession agreement with the European Union, I shuddered at the thought that Greece could have been thrown out of the Eurozone because of the Varoufakis-Tsipras policies.

However, the issue that deeply saddened me was that in three whole hours of debating, with six different topics of discussion, not a single word was said regarding Hellenes Abroad.

Not a single word! Apparently we don’t exist!

It would probably violate the terms of the debate’s agreed-upon conditions if one of the journalists said something like this: “By the way, Mr. Tsipras, as you well know, these elections will make history. For the first time in ever, expatriate Greeks will also vote in these elections, who, as I am informed, are disappointed by the obstacles that have been set up to make it almost impossible for them to register on the electoral rolls. What do you have to say about that, Mr. President?” – Tsipras is the president of the SYRIZA party.

What a shame! Yet another opportunity was lost, in an internationally broadcast debate, for Greece’s political and journalistic elite to open their arms and embrace diaspora Hellenism and thereby expand Hellenism’s borders, increase its power and, moreover, bring expatriate Hellenes closer to the Homeland.

The Hellenism of our diaspora and community – which they invoke in the context of every issue, mainly regarding national security and investments – must be considered too insignificant to address them on other vital issues that concern them, such as voting, education, etc.

What a shame!

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