Sunday, 13 November 2011

Samaras on Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone

Above is an excerpt from a speech made by New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras at the Thessaloniki trade fair in September 2011. In it, Samaras stresses Greece’s geostrategic position, along with Cyprus, as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East and as the gateway for central Europe and Russia to the south. He denounces the Papandreou administration for cancelling the ‘pipeline diplomacy’ of the previous New Democracy government and for failing to declare Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone and secure its delineation with neighbouring countries. Greece, Samaras argues, should tap into its underwater wealth. Samaras points out that Cyprus – ‘little Cyprus’ – has done all this for itself, years ago, and has won both support and allies. Greece hasn’t done it yet but, Samaras goes on, I will do it. Not without the necessary preparation and calculation, but I will do it, as soon as possible. We have rights, which can be converted into wealth for the Greek people, he says.


Anonymous said...

The rant of a desperate man?
Whatever it is, it sounds good.

Hermes said...

Perhaps I am bit unfair about Samaras. Maybe he will be the great patriotic hope. However, I cannot help in being cynical. International relations/geopolitics in Greek politics is usually used by prime minsters, prime ministerial candidates and parties red rag and then once assured of re-election or election, they drop the patriotic rhetoric. I hope Samaras is different but do not hold your breath.

John Akritas said...

I think his instincts are nationalist – as opposed to GAP's instincts which are decidedly internationalist – but it's impossible to judge him in opposition. I'm sure a lot of his more strident rhetoric on immigration and the national issues is aimed at attracting voters drawn to LAOS.

John Akritas said...

This is quite interesting:

Hermes said...

What a wierd, slanderous article! Its amazing that expressing patriotic sentiments is seen as an anathema these days. I did not know we cannot bring up 1821 in political speeches. The American politicians, even the most moderate and centrist ones, go on about the Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy. Why can't we go on about Kolokotronis, Capodistrias and Venizelos????

Also, a Helleno-centric education is fine by me. Let's not forget it is Hellenism which first taught about tolerance of the Other (this was limited by not being infatuated by the Other).

And by the way, Diktyo 21 and Lazaridis is not a nationalist think-tank. They are patriotic, Helleno-centric and Orthodox.

John Akritas said...

Sure, the analysis and commentary are no good; but it's interesting to note the trends. These voices have been drowned out by the left in Greece for decades – now, the right might be making a comeback.

Hermes said...

Patriotism is not a reserve of the Right. Historically, it has been a reserve at different times of the Left (French Revolution and its children) and the Right. However, patriotism of the Left and Right is manifested in different ways. Despite this, there is enough to work together. For example, in Greece people of the patriotic Left and Right often attend the same talks and lectures and are on the same panels and think-tanks. A Leftist and Rightists can have almost identical views on patriotism but differ on how they believe the economy should be organised.

John Akritas said...

I don't know if that kind of patriotic left still exists in Pasok and, if it does, it is subordinate to those in the movement who have bought into EU-inspired dilution of the nation, multiculturalism and the 'human rights' approach to immigration. What's interesting is that, in ND, the mainstream – including Samaras – have become openly and stridently against multiculturalism and immigration and for a very traditional concept of Greece and the Greek nation. There are some interesting videos on this youtube channel – – featuring right-wing ND people, and I reckon their language is quite different from the patriotic left, where it exists.

Hermes said...

Tremendous article and comment. What a difference to today's Greek intellectual that yearns for exposure in New York, conferences in Paris and awards by disreputable organisations.

Τς τς τς. Ο παλιοεθνικιστής, ο φασίσταρος, ο ρατσιστής!

Καλά δέν τού είχαν πεί τότε γιά τήν ελληνοτουρκική φιλία; Ότι δέν διεκδικούμε τίποτα; Ότι πρέπει νά είναι πολυπολιτισμικός, ανεκτικός, ότι πρέπει νά κτίζουμε τζαμιά, νά μοιράσουμε τό Αιγαίο πού είναι θάλασσα ειρήνης; Ότι το Αιγαίο ανήκει στά ψάρια του καί η Ήπειρος στίς κατσίκες της; Ότι η Μακεδονία δέν είναι ελληνική; Ότι στήν Θράκη καταπιέζεται η τουρκική μειονότητα;

Οτι η οθωμανική διοίκηση αποτελούσε παράδεισο γιά τούς υπηκόους της οι οποίοι πλούτιζαν από τό εμπόριο; Δέν τού είχαν πεί γιά τό σχέδιο Αννάν πού βάζει εγγυήτρια τήν ΤΟυρκία στά ελληνικά εδάφη; Ότι κάνει πόλεμο ιμπεριαλιστικό αφού οι Τούρκοι κατείχαν τήν Θεσσαλονίκη γιά 500 χρόνια;

Καλά πού ήταν ο Σόρος, οι ΜΚΟ, ο Συνασπισμός τότε; Πού ήταν τό παρατηρητήριο Ελσίνκι, η ΕΛευθεροτυπία, ο Γιωργάκης; Νά καταγγείλουν τόν παλιοφασίστα γιά τό εθνικιστικό του μίσος;

Α ρέ μάνα. Γιατί δέν μέ γεννούσες 100 χρόνια νωρίτερα. Νά μήν ζήσω τόν βόθρο τής Ελλάδας τού 2011; Τότε πού μιλούσαν γιά Έλλάδα καί έκλαιγαν από τή συγκίνηση! Tότε πού άκουγαν εμβατήρια αντί νά βλέπουν τούρκικα σήριαλ.

Αντί γιά τήν Ρεπούση νά γνωρίσω τήν Πηνελόπη Δέλτα. Αντί γιά τόν Κωστάκη νά έχω τόν Ελευθέριο γιά πρωθυπουργό. Αντί γιά τόν εγγονό Πάγκαλο νά γνωρίσω τόν παππού Πάγκαλο. Αντί γιά τόν Σημίτη στά Ίμια νά έχω τόν Λεωνίδα Παρασκευόπουλο. Αντί γιά τόν δισεκατομμυριούχο Τσοχατζόπουλο νά γνωρίσω τόν Πλαστήρα πού πέθανε μέ 200 δραχμές στήν τσέπη!

Α ρέ μάνα!

John Akritas said...

I can see Life in the Tomb on my shelves from where I'm sitting. I haven't read it in years. You've reminded me to read it again.