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Savvopoulos, a Firm, Brave Voice

Dionysis Savvopoulos, a left-wing renowned composer, lyricist, and songwriter, showed unusual courage and integrity when he put the truth and the country’s interests above party politics and his ideological foundations in a recent interview.

Specifically, he singled out and put Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a different category and on a different level from other political leaders and advocated the emergence of a New Democracy government without coalition partners in the upcoming elections.

What he heard after that cannot be written here. His critics are essentially demanding, however, that Savvopoulos wear the same blinders they wear, and stick to the outdated ideas they insist on espousing. “Times have changed,” he replies. “We need maturity.”

Dionysis Savvopoulos’ diagnosis of the problems facing left-wing parties and the precise choice of words he uses to express it are among the truest and most meaningful coming out of the confusion that pervades those parties, reflecting also on the inadequacy of their leaderships.

The parties of “supposedly progressive cooperation,” he said, retain an outdated kind of “student exuberance and an excessive and unjustified self-confidence, an attitude that can be very dangerous.” And he described them as “unsettled” persons.

He also notes something that many others felt, namely that if Mitsotakis had been absent from the TV debate and not on the ballot “he would have felt uneasy,” and in conclusion he called for the New Democracy party to be given enough votes not to need coalition partners.

Dionysis Savvopoulos thus proved that, as in the past so today, there is no shortage of firm, brave voices during a time of difficult circumstances for the nation.


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