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MEP Jorgos Chatzimarkakis suggests changing Greece’s name into «Hellas»

Jorgos Chatzimarkakis, Greek descent MEP, member of the Free Democratic Party of Germany, in an interview for “Bild” newspaper, warns on the risk of a “real poverty war” in Greece. Chatzimarkakis proposes to form a technocrat government, rejects the idea of a “Commissioner”, and suggested changing the name of Greece into “Hellas” so that the country can make a fresh start with a brand new image.

“The Greek problem could lead to a European tragedy”, stresses the MEP, and notes that the middle class in Greece is gradually becoming poorer, while there are 30.000 homeless people already, warning on the risk of an imminent war caused by poverty. Furthermore he noted that a “Commissioner” will never be accepted by the people of Greece, while the “best and most radical solution” would be to do away with the Ministerial Council and form a government of technocrats under Lucas Papademos. “Mario Monti shows us how this can be done in Greece too”, he added.

In regard to Greece’s current situation, Jorgos Chatzimarkakis puts the blame on the country’s political system, nepotism, and “customer relations” between politicians and citizens. “Greek politicians continue to promise a job in the Public Services and other small favors, in exchange for a vote”, he stresses, and adds that EU funds are exclusively allocated in paying off the debt, while problems are not being addressed. “Greece needs growth, but only if it can pay its debt”, he states.

Concerning Greece’s international image, he believes that “for many, the country’s name has been identified with the broken political system” and suggests changing its name to “Hellas” in all other languages, to mark a new beginning. “Within the context of a substantial new beginning, the Greek constitution should be rewritten and rename the country “Hellas” in all languages. The country needs a new image”, he explains.

Source: ANAMPA

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Hellenes Abroad / Greece

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