The Turkaegean ‘Waterloo’ and the deep sleep of competent authorities
By Vasilis Kanellis
No one can pretend that they did not know, as there were already 'Turkaegean' ads last year.
Apologies, resignations, and even sackings, when necessary, should be par for the course in politics.
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In a private enterprise, for example, it is impossible for one to make a serious mistake and not assume responsibility.
That would display a lack of seriousness. Moreover, an employee, a company, a government, or a state can move forward only by learning from their mistakes.
In the case of Turkey's tourism, campaign, named "Turkaegean", all of the above should have applied in attributing responsibility.
The administrative probe with sworn testimony (EDE) ordered by the competent development minister, Adonis Georgiadis should lead somewhere, and not be like the ones conducted by Greek police, which find that all was done perfectly well.
It should also not be like the EDEs conducted by public services, where nobody is ever punished.
I shall cite two in.gr articles.
The first was published one year ago, on 4 July, 2021, and was entitled "Turkaegean: Turkey focuses its tourism campaign on the Aegean".
The second, published on 19 November, 2021, was entitled "Turkaegean - the tourism campaign for the 'Turkish Aegean' and how it is exploited".
IN.GR is the top site in Greece, according to a recent survey by Reuters. Similar articles were published a year ago on other large and popular Greek news sites.
Did no one at the competent ministry see these articles? At the competent state services, did no one ever read that Turkey is promoting a tourism campaign entitled "Turkaegean"?
Was no one sensitised...