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Kathimerini - Greece | Sunday, January 17, 2016

Alexis Papachelas on the Greeks' worst character traits

Columnist Alexis Papachelas reflects on similarities and differences between Greece and other Balkan countries in the English version of the conservative daily Kathimerini: "Every time I visit a Balkan country I think how fortunate we are. A journey across any provincial Greek road is not that different from driving along a Balkan one. We could very well be living in a typically Balkan country. … Despite it all, I sometimes feel that a strong force is pulling us towards what I would call our 'bad, Balkan self'. Our disrespect for institutions, our need to feel we're always the victim, our love for conspiracy, aesthetic disorder and sometimes sheer ugliness, are all surely part of our character. … Fortunately, we are light years away from Kosovo, Skopje, Albania and Bulgaria. But there is a difference. They know what they want to achieve and are giving it their all in order to achieve their targets, demonstrating strength and courage along the way. They want to become Europeans and reach our level. What is our goal as a nation?"

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