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Reassessing social welfare funding

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The recently published UNICEF report about the well-being of children across the world highlights some pretty self-evident truths. For example, in countries with a high level of social cohesion, a strong welfare state and a prevailing sense of freedom tempered by social responsibility, children live happier lives.

Problems beyond Guantanamo Bay

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This week marks the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. The occasion revived the memory of the brutal human rights violations that have been carried out over these four years in the name of fighting international terrorism.

Solid education sector needs funds

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Is the 1,400 euro monthly salary sought by striking primary and pre-school teachers excessive? In other circumstances, we might have regarded it as too scant.

Not-so-invisible hand

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If we are to believe the opinion polls, consumers complain about high prices. If we are to believe TV, the problem of high prices is caused by some unnamed interests that make profits by keeping prices artificially high. If we are to believe the Development Ministry, free competition will take care of the problem.

Ministerial impunity

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Existing legislation on the accountability of ministers is seriously flawed. The problems are well documented: Any inquiry into political wrongdoing must go through Parliament and, as a result, the majority does not allow investigation.

Media shuns real world poverty news

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If the proportion of poor people in the world had doubled over the past 20 years, this would be cause for much handwringing and concern. Foreign-educated professors and left-wingers would write passionate articles against global neoliberalism which makes "the rich richer and the poor poorer."

Individual privacy rights a la carte?

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It is truly naive to question whether surveillance cameras in public places are a violation of citizens' private life. Public spaces should be public in all regards.

Exploitation of university immunity

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As debate intensifies about how to lift university immunity - which currently forbids police and other state authorities from entering university premises - the current occupation of a university building highlights the need for change to the existing institutional framework.

Escapes and ladders

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According to a police statement issued in the wake of Wednesday's grenade attack on the premises of an immigrant support network in Exarchia, the suspects left the scene in a vehicle bearing "unregistered [false] number plates." It's hard to see why the perpetrators went to all this trouble.

Usurping ideologies

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OK, sure: All leftists are terrorists but, on the other hand, all terrorists claim to be leftists. The same goes for the hooded rioters: Not all leftists wear hoods, but then again, all hooded rioters claim to be leftists.

A movement of naysayers

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On Tuesday, a large group of university professors and research staff gathered outside Parliament, demanding a revision to Article 16 of the Constitution that would allow the establishment of private universities.

A general problem with our media

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Opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou was right in his recent criticism of the electronic media and the distortion of political and social developments to which it often resorts. But, to be fair, he was only half right.

The end of unemployment

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Δεν πρόκειται να υπάρξει τέλος της εργασίας, όπως προέβλεψε ο Jeremy Rifkin. Mάλλον, το τέλος αφορά την μόνιμη «θέση εργασίας» [αγγλικά]

Someone to save us

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Greece's problem is not an absence of leaders who offer magical solutions, it is the weakness of its democracy to teach society how best to learn from crisis.

In search of a ‘great’ leader

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The biggest problem with great leaders is not just that they are hard to come by. It is not even the fact they often prove destructive rather than creative.

A message from the Centre–Left

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There is a democratic paradox reflected in the communication deficit of the Centre-Left. Like democracy, which the more it deepens more players are involved in a more complex decision making process, the message of the Centre – Left has become so complex that it can easily be lost.