The «2 percent» deficit

The Greek economy is such a mess precisely because endless amendments just like «2% tax exempt for publishers», designed to serve specific interests, are eating away at the state budget.

Heeding the alarm bells

There are many ways for a government to lose an election and the most sure-fire way is denial of reality. Opinion polls operate a lot like alarm bells and some want to silence them because they're disturbing their stupor.

Defying reason and good taste

Instead of bringing in much-needed funding, however, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis ceded several meters of free parking space on a street that now reflects the quality of this democracy.