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The fear syndrome doesnt suit Greeks

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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

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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...

Knee-jerk reactions against the USA

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From the time of British statesman Henry John Temple, Viscount Palmerston, it has been common knowledge that in diplomacy there are no enemies and friends, only interests. This is a rule everywhere apart from Greece, if we trust opinion polls. According to a poll carried out by GPO during US...

An absence of workable models

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The findings of recent opinion polls are truly paradoxical: The overwhelming majority of Greeks claim to accept the need for reforms while simultaneously rejecting any initiatives proposed by the government. Some regard these answers as hypocritical. Everyone claims to want reforms as long as...

Wasting words

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Words are a society's last resource. Even when everything else is lost, words are there to connect people; words are needed to find solutions, to describe problems and make plans to emerge from every crisis.

Supply, demand and turkey prices

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The law of supply and demand applies in all countries around the world. There is no debate about whether it is just or unjust, just as there is no debate about the fairness of the law of gravity. People regard it as self-evident and fundamentally simple: The more the price of a product increases, the less demand there is for it, and vice versa.

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.