"Over the next years Greece will need a political President, with a deep understanding of the country's problems, who will have managed state affairs at the highest level and will be in the position to converse abroad and to demand the respect of political leaders. Based on all of the above, three candidates for the position of President could be Kostas Simitis, Kostas Karamanlis and Lucas Papadimos. In the present circumstances in Greece, there is no room for mediocrities and indifferent non-political figures" --- Antonis Karakousis in To Vima.
As a foreigner observing Greece, I often receive comments that I really don't understand Greece and the Greeks. True. Sometimes, I, indeed, do not understand Greeks. Mr. Karakousis is a case in point with his article in To Vima.
I cannot pass judgement on the governing period of Mr. Simitis but I have read enough comments about Mr. Simitis to know that he is among those who are being blamed a lot for today's misery. Mr. Karamanlis's government certainly stood watch when Greece, financially, completely went overboard. And, finally, Mr. Papadimos did a terrific job from the standpoint of Greece's creditors but from the standpoint of those Greeks who are suffering, he might be seen as a culprit.
True, all three gentlemen have "managed state affairs at the highest level and would be in a position to converse abroad and to demand the respect of political leaders" but my sense is that either of the three would quickly fill Syntagma Square with protesters. But then again, I don't understand Greece and the Greeks...