The unfair lot of Greeces students

There is a photograph, taken during the students' protests in France in March, with a very interesting detail. It shows a student addressing the crowds from an elevated podium. But the background of the photo is not at all reminiscent of a university environment, certainly not as we know it in...

A bleak outlook for progress on Cyprus

There are many obstacles for Turkey to overcome as it heads toward European Union accession. Cyprus is just one of these problems. But this problem is not Turkey's invasion and occupation of Cyprus, something which seems so long ago that it is rarely discussed at length in modern Cypriot politics...

The risks of laxness in the prison sector

The truth is that if the guards at Korydallos prison had fired at the convict Vassilis Palaiocostas and another inmate as they made their escape aboard a helicopter and the craft's fuel tank had been hit (a likely scenario, according to the president of the guards' union), then those ranting on...

The risk of avoiding problem solving

The conservatives' stance on solving problems is quite simple - namely, that something should be done, but not now. It is based upon the hope that problems will eventually go away. Essentially, it seeks to avoid taking any risks. But risks exist around every corner. And the solution to any...

The illogical stance of university staff

Back when Archbishop Christodoulos used to pay social visits to the country's schools, he told a joke that is particularly relevant to educators today. «God visited a multiethnic agricultural community and granted each farmer a wish. The German asked for a horse, the Frenchman for a cow, the...

The fear syndrome doesnt suit Greeks

Speaking about Gulbeyaz Karahasan - Greek Muslim PASOK nominee for the Drama-Kavala-Xanthi prefecture in the October polls - Thessaloniki Prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis chose to emphasize one particular word: fear. According to reports, Psomiadis said: «In our country we are afraid to say we are...

A threat to our pensions system

There is a charming slogan favored by anarchists in Greece - «pensions at 18 and conscription at 100.» In view of the crisis that has been smoldering on many levels of the economy, it is quite likely that this slogan - or at least the first part of it - may soon have some bearing on reality. The...