Easter has past and we’re now into Greek election season. It, too, is a time for prayer, for these elections more so than any in recent memory risk a special form of Calvary for the Greek electorate. They are not national elections, but local, called to coincide with elections for Greece’s representatives to the European Parliament. But they stand to measure the grass roots faith of the Greek people in the fragile progress of their nation’s journey through its financial crisis.
This vote will gauge whether selfish interests outweigh the common cause, old corrupt ways still trump free and open opportunity, and the hate monger has increased its influence among the disenchanted and apathetic.
I’m not going to name parties, the Greeks know who they are and non-Greeks won’t likely remember. Nor am I going to mention candidates. My best friend is running for mayor of Mykonos and I obviously support him, but beyond that what is there to say? Once again the Mykonians know the truth, it’s up to them to decide their own fate.
|The top floor office in that terra cotta roof building is what it's all about.|
I plan to be in the middle of it, watching it all unfold, perhaps gathering fodder for a new book among the inevitable intrigues, heart-crossed promises, and double-crossed hearts of bare knuckle local politics in all it’s gory glory. It’s a drama playing out across all of Greece.
But it’s not a game.
There is a lot at stake here: The future of a country I deeply care about.
The national ruling coalition claims that current financial news shows real economic progress. The opposition disputes that. On Sunday, May 18, voters have their first electoral chance in two years to express what they believe to be the truth. That’s the date of the first round of local elections. If a run-off election is required in any race, that second vote will take place on May 25, when Greeks get to elect their delegates to the European Parliament.
National elections need not be held before 2016, but depending on how those May elections turn out, all that could change.
We shall see.