The harsh and unequivocal condemnation by the Greek Orthodox Church and the Monastic community of Mount Athos of the government’s decision to pass the sex change law has led the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government to partly backpedal, by changing its rhetoric. “The positions and views of the Church are completely respected”, the government said in an awkward statement.

Although in previous disagreements both sides had managed to find common grounds and move forward, this time it seems highly unlikely they will be able to reach any compromise, as the issue is at the core of SYRIZA’s ideological platform of protecting individual human rights, while it is very doubtful whether the Greek Church will back down on the matter.