Thursday, August 18, 2011

Απόσπασμα απο το άρθρο του Guardian "Greece in panic as it faces change of Homeric proportions" σχετικά με την Βουλευτή επικρατείας του ΠΑΣΟΚ Έλενα Παναρίτη.

The oddest thing of all is that some of the leading lights in the government appear to see nothing wrong in a wholesale transformation of Greek society, albeit not into one that resembles an enterprise zone in eastern China. Elena Panaritis is widely tipped as one of the up and comers in Greece's government, and it is not hard to see why: smart, formidably well-trained in economics after a career with the World Bank, funny and fluent in English, she is exactly the sort of person any prime minister would choose to give a keynote address to fretful institutional investors. 

 And for a Greek politician involved in pushing through some of the most abruptly painful economic measures in the country's history, she does not seem especially Greek. When I observe how many Apple computers are in her office, she replies: "That's because I'm not Greek, I'm American." Her speech is American-accented and peppered with "darn" and "have a nice day". [See footnote] When asked to describe how Greece needs to change its economy, her answer revolves around changing its institutions and its structures – in other words, making Greece less Greek. Castigating the bureaucracy, she says: "It's not a kibbutz, it's a big country!" 

 The footnote... 

 This footnote was added on 4 August 2011. A version of the following clarification was due for publication in the Guardian newspaper of 5 August, regarding the article above: Elena Panaritis, a member of the Greek government, was quoted as replying – in answer to a question about why her office sported so many Apple computers – "That's because I'm not Greek, I'm American". Ms Panaritis was evidently using a figure of speech to describe influences on her life, as she made clear in a later unpublished remark noted during the interview: "I was born here [Greece] but I am one of the diaspora." For the avoidance of doubt: as a parliamentarian she is, by definition, a Greek citizen; the constitution requires this. 

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