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Grey-haired men pestering children

The Greek political parties have started broadcasting their political ads and thought it might be interesting to translate some of them for (fun) you.

New Democracy (ruling party) has produced three videos so far. The first one is a desperate (in terms of acting, at least) attempt to show Antonis Samaras close to the younger generation (the majority of ND’s voters are above their 40s or even 50s).

The reference to the stadium is one more cheap attempt to attract votes of supporters of AEK Athens football club. They have been asking for a new stadium for more than a decade now and New Democracy is promising to make their dream too. I loved two details in this video.

The first one is that our PM indirectly admits that Greece, the country he has been governing for the past 2,5 years, is not a normal and serious country yet.

The second one is a symbolism. Greek youth faces unprecedented high unemployment and Samaras tells them “keep on training and we will keep on working”. I hope this was not some sort of subliminal message.

Their second video is even more ridiculous and desperate to use anything that happens in order to demonise SYRIZA. In this video New Democracy plays the security card in the same way it has adopted scare-mongering as its main strategy not only to win the 2012 elections (I can still remember them saying that we will be queuing for bread if SYRIZA won) but to control reactions and unrest during their administration. Samaras goes as far as using (again) the Charlie Hebdo story in order to stress his alignment with the “Fortress Europe” approach.

Their third video is an ode to individualism. A working man, insecure and alone, is having his thoughts about Greece.

He is scared he will lose his job if SYRIZA wins. This is how they want people to think. Just keep on xeroxing and shut the fuck up.

SYRIZA tried to play around with more positive words. Lots of crisis porn footage, the usual lock somewhere and a wind of change somewhere in between. Big nice words like dignity and justice that verify the vagueness of what they want to do.

Another video by SYRIZA is this.

It reminded me of an older ad produced by PASOK, the ailing coalition partner of New Democracy. Papandreou and Tsipras get prepared to address the crowd, they walk from the backstage to the main scene like Rocky Balboa was heading to face his opponents. Lots of former PASOK politicians have jumped to SYRIZA in the meantime and there are more and more people calling SYRIZA as the new PASOK. So this similarity looks even funnier now.

And last but not least, the video of Independent Greeks. I decided to translate it because it’s funny, despite the fact that the party might not manage to gain any seats at the Parliament after the elections. Their only hope is to reach the 3% threshold, gain 5-10 seats and be invited by SYRIZA to govern together.

As Greek satirical site Luben.tv put it “Why on earth do you keep showing us grey-haired men caressing children?”

Ocean’s Thirty Six

This could be the beginning of series of huge scandals. The Greek Economic Crime Unit (SDOE) has been investigating for quite some time now 36 political figures (current or former MPs and Ministers) for their incomes, properties and assets. The “list of the 32”, as it was initially called, has been kept secret. Until now.

Ocean’s Three Hundred

Web portal zougla.gr has published the list of the investigated MPs causing tremors in the already fragile Greek political scene. In this list there are 36 names and one political think tank. In addition, Here are the names and their current or former posts where they served (the order is random).

Panos Kammenos, head of the Independent Greeks Party

Nikitas Kaklamanis, New Democracy MP and former Mayor of Athens

Athanasios Nakos, vice-chairman of the Greek Parliament

George Voulgarakis, former Minister of Culture, of Public Order and of Maritime Affairs (New Democracy)

Mihalis Liapis, former Minister of Transport (New Democracy)

Aris Spiliotopoulos, New Democracy MP and former Minister of Tourism

Mihalis Karchimakis, former Secretary of PASOK’s National Council

Spilios Spiliotopoulos, former New Democracy MP

Nikos Konstantopoulos, former head of SYRIZA

Elisavet Vozenberg, former New Democracy MP

George Orfanos, New Democracy, former Deputy Minister for Sports (during the Olympic Games)

-Marina Chrysoveloni, Independent Greeks MP

Giannos Papantoniou, former Minister of Finance and of Defence (PASOK)

Antonis Mpezas, New Democracy MP

Nikos Tagaras, New Democracy MP and former Corinth regional governor

Panagiotis Fasoulas, former basketball player, PASOK MP and Mayor of Piraeus

Elpida Tsouri, former PASOK MP and Deputy Minister for Fisheries

Filippos Fountis, candidate MP with Green Party

Alexandros Voulgaris, former PASOK MP

Leonidas Tzanis, former Deputy Minister of Interior (PASOK)

Ioannis Anthopoulos, former Deputy Minister of Education (PASOK)

Anastasios Mantelis, former Minister of Transport (PASOK)

Ioannis Sbokos, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Defence

Apostolos Fotiadis, former Deputy Minister of Finance (PASOK)

Fevronia Patrianakou, New Democracy MP

Nikolaos Andrianopoulos, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Finance (New Democracy)

Akis Tsochatzopoulos, former Minister of Defence (PASOK-already in jail awaiting trial)

Fotis Arvanitis, former PASOK MP

Dimitris Apostolakis, former Minister of Defence (PASOK)

Christos Verelis, former Minister of Transport (PASOK)

Konstantinos Liaskos, former Minister of Environment

Christos Zahopoulos, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture (New Democracy)

Petros Mantouvalos, lawyer and former New Democracy MP

Mihalis Halkidis, former New Democracy MP

George Patoulis, Mayor of Marousi district (northern Athens)

Konstantinos Karamanlis Foundation, New Democracy think tank investigated for mismanagement