It was a good interview. One of the best any Greek leader has given regarding relations between the homeland and the Greek-American community.
In the exclusive interview he granted our newspaper, Alexis Tsipras, the leader of SYRIZA, shows that he understands the need for the spirit of cooperation that should prevail in relations between Greece and the Diaspora. (The request of TheNational Herald for an interview with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has been pending for days).
Of course, the gap between words and deeds in this area though the years is large – very large.
An entire century has been lost without the construction of a proper bridge betweenthe homeland and the Diaspora.
Five years have been wasted during the crisis during which the mobilization of theDiaspora was necessary.
Let us not lose even more time, regardless of what the next government will be.
Let’s change the incorrect mindset, of “indifference” through which Greece interacts with us.
Let’s hope that Greece’s leadership will come to realize that in an unfriendly world, their only constant and strong support beyond its border comes from Diaspora Hellenes.
They should not treat us like “extras” but as comrades in the battle “to provide solutions to big problem,” as Tsipras says, “To restore the international image of Greece, boost tourism, promote Greek exports, and attract investment.”
But let us begin – at long last, from someplace: Let’s start with the right of Diaspora Greeks to vote: “It is incomprehensible that in the EU, only Greece denies its citizens abroad their inalienable right to vote. This is not only an example of chronic governmental negligence, it constitutes unfathomable indifference,” Tsipras said.
Very well put.