The debate that took place in Parliament on the right of Hellenes Abroad to vote was good and useful, despite its negative result.
It is useful for the nation to discuss issues in Parliament that concern expatriates. It is useful to the nation for Greek society to be informed about them, to feel close to the members of the wider Hellenic family who are located outside of Greece.
It is useful to the nation because it contributes to the awakening of society regarding the substance and the extent of the Greek Nation.
However, it should be crystal clear that there is only one position regarding the vote.
How many different views can there be on this issue?
A vote is a vote. The weight of one vote cannot be different from another.
How can it be that I can vote in Greece, but not in New York?
This should at least be clear to everyone, and especially to the ‘progressives,’ in a country which at various times – and not in its distant history – was deprived of this right.
So let them not wonder why Hellenes Abroad are essentially indifferent to the debate in Parliament.
On top of everything else, it's painful for your right to vote to be questioned!
I single out the former Minister of the Interior’s, Takis Theodorikakos, statement as the most all-encompassing. He said: "Greece needs Global Hellenism. Greece has to embrace her children all over the Earth. It would be beneficial for all the parties to see this issue without petty partisan calculations."
The only thing we would add to this equation to make it more complete so that it encompasses the entire essence of the matter is that Global Hellenism also needs Greece.
But it is clear that Mr. Tsipras is afraid of the votes of the expatriates.
He fears that he will be judged and found unfit to be re-elected as the country's prime minister.
But by trying to prevent this possibility, he only succeeds in solidifying the look of fear.
The most correct and beneficial policy for him would be to try to win our votes through his policy proposals, his political philosophy, his usefulness for the course of the country.
These are the things that expatriates focus on and decide who to support.