The behavior of former prime ministers

The three trends within the ruling party are well known and are generally represented by current Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and former premiers Antonis Samaras and Costas Karamanlis.

The latter remains popular among an important segment of voters. His relationship to New Democracy's founder Konstantinos Karamanlis and his long stay at the helm of the party (12 years) and the country (five-and-a-half years) further boost his appeal. 

However, whatever concerns he may have, he has not created any problems for the current premier. Maybe because he has nothing to prove. It was his decision to retire and he has remained quiet ever since. One may disagree with his silence - including this writer who believes that people who have governed the country have a duty to participate in the public debate, obviously sparingly and soberly - but what is certain is that he has...

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