Five days after the United Nations Special Representative for the FYROM name issue, Mr. Matthew Nimetz arrives in Athens, the second rally will take place in the heart of the capital, at Syntagma Square. The first one impressed supporters and opponents alike due to its sheer size. But does foreign policy care in crowds? What does Mr. Nimetz say on the matter?
In a Sunday Greek newspaper, the Special Representative stressed that “we must all recognize that the positions of the two governments are not the same on a number of open issues and that there are different views in both countries from political leaders, and the population in general, which should be taken into account.”. Mr. Nimetz highlights the views held by the public, so it is a factor that is seriously taken into account during the negotiation of the name issue.
New Democracy past and present members have been concerned with the issue of rallies. Traditionally, the center-right party does not play a leading role, at least compared to the dynamism demonstrated by the Left. Conservative “householders” are hard to mobilize and are considered as the most systemic citizens – voters. Today, even after the great rally in Thessaloniki, core members of New Democracy do not support its repetition in Athens, such as Nikos Dendias, Olga Kefalogiannis and even the party’s vice-president, Mr. Kostis Hatzidakis. Former Foreign Minister Mrs. Dora Bakoyannis, who had expressed her opposition to the rally in the first place, said that “the Greek people, humiliated and offended by the long crisis and the constant ridicule of an unreliable government that organized a misleading referendum and which keeps proving itself wrong, and from the moody attitude of the partners, breaks out of anger and disappointment”. She basically justifies them.
Most of the people in New Democracy, upon seeing the electorate coming together, welcome them and are expected to attend. Mr. Vassilis Kikilias, criticizing everyone within and out of the party, wrote in an article that “when the people do not participate, the domestic elites criticize them and point fingers. When the people rise to express their souls, they are frightened, and resort to mocks and threats” stressing that “it is the duty of the politician to listen and speak with the people. And, in any way, it is not only the 50 members of the Roubicon collective who have an opinion in this country. “