“Certain governments used the pandemic for their own purposes,” explains George Pagoulatos in the interview he gave Gerd Höhler and newspaper Handelsblatt. “Viktor Orban in Hungary and Recep Tayip Erdoğan in Turkey are examples of politicians that took advantage of the pandemic in order to limit democratic rights and extend their own strength,” argues Pagoulatos. He notes that Greece is on the opposite path. The country “faced the pandemic with remarkable, some would even say incredible, effectiveness and professionalism.”
The interview was published in Greek by newspaper Proto Thema.