The pros and cons of decentralization

In the past, one of the most pressing demands of Greek society was decentralization and academic institutions proved to be an effective tool for implementing this goal. The institutions contributed to the economic and social development of many regions. Those familiar with provincial towns before...

The cost of a gray economy

The findings of a recent Eurobarometer poll, published in Thursday's Kathimerini, are disturbing. They are troubling not so much because they reveal the pessimism of most Greeks regarding the fate of their country and their restrained optimism about their personal future. It is the contrast...

A reliable system of assessing education

Discussions with academics on the subject of evaluation within the university system make one thing extremely clear: that no one appears to know exactly what this is. Most seem to visualize the return of the foreboding inspector sitting at the back of the class and assessing the professors'...

The willing victims of profiteering?

According to the unspoken consensus of TV news bulletins, the country is divided into two groups: a minority of profiteers and the broader public evidently victimized by the former. Even so, we can see that there is something rather illogical about it all. Successful profiteers also require...

The states failure to protect its citizens

There is an unwritten contract in our everyday life that dictates a certain sense of responsibility opposite our fellow citizens: that, for example, a motorist will apply the brakes when a pedestrian is crossing the road, or that a resident of a third-floor apartment will not throw a heavy...

Inequality in cases of life or death?

State television broadcast a very interesting documentary on Sunday about the private ambulance firms operating here now. Some businessmen have decided to exploit the gaps left in the market by the National First Aid Center (EKAB) by transferring patients in specially equipped vehicles for 60...

Are education talks doomed to failure?

Those who doubt whether the government will actually make the fall deadline the government has set for implementing reforms in the education sector are quite on the mark. Even the title of the proposed changes, «Draft proposal for changes to the institutional framework for the infrastructure and...