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    A panel of distinguished international personalities has been meeting to discuss the future of democracy...and,?

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    A panel of distinguished international personalities has been meeting to discuss the future of democracy...and, appropriately, they have been meeting in Greece. The three-day symposium, which started on Wednesday (October 5) has been debating problems facing democracies...and looking at where democracy is going.

    SYNOPSIS: The debate has been taking place in the ancient Herod Atticus theatre, under the shadow of the Acropolis, where western democracy began.

    About a dozen countries were represented by churchmen, politicians and academics...and the debate was opened by Greek President Constantine Tsatsos, who is a constitutional lawyer. Mr. Tsatsos painted a somewhat gloomy picture. He said that democracy was being threatened by the "transformation of individuals into organised masses".

    France Culture, a French radio station, sponsored the symposium along with the Greek Prime Minister's office
    American economist John Galbraith and Prime Minister Hedi Nouira of Tunisia were among the distinguished panellists who took part. Britain and Spain cancelled their acceptances.

    When he opened the symposium, President Tsatsos applauded France culture for its initiative in getting the debate under way. It was thanks to them, he said, that such personalities were meeting together. And, he said, the fact they were there showed the diverse aspects of the future of democracy.

    But President Isatsos's view of the future of democracy was not very cheerful. While he saw a transformation of individual people into organised masses, he also saw there problems. The future of democracy not only created problems, he said, it also brought worries which increased day by day.

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