(I want to dedicate this text to those of my former students who in the end, chose “mediocrity” and “virtual reality” for the sake of their own society, their own families and their own survival).
The next “precious gem” in Greece’s modern politics is Kostas Simitis, who served as Prime Minister of Greece from 1996 to 2004. Both the start and the ending of his premiership were the least, unorthodox and controversial (this in the context of a normal political process within a Democratic state), very similar to his own role as a political figure and as a political leader. On January 18, 1996, Kostas Simitis was elected Prime Minister of Greece by the parliamentary members of his own party, PASOK, who held the majority of seats in the Greek Parliament. This followed after the resignation of Andreas Papandreou from the position of Prime Minister due to health reasons (even though during the last few years of his premiership, he was almost an invalid; his Greek male ego did not permit him to abandon political power and political glory).