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Tests of leadership


Only real life can test if a politician really has what it takes to lead a nation. Six months after he was elected prime minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis was called upon to tackle two major crises: the first one was the exploitation of migrants and refugees by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the second was the coronavirus outbreak.


Fair solution


Expanding a measure to reduce the rent that all businesses affected by the new coronavirus and their employees have to pay is a necessary instrument that will provide relief during this period of intense pressure.

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Lessons from the Ebola outbreak


Around five years ago, Ebola was regarded as a potential threat to global health, yet even though the lethal virus claimed nearly 12,000 lives, it was restricted mainly to West Africa, where it started. One of the reasons why it did not spread beyond that part of the world was the coordinated efforts of European and American politicians and scientists.


Front-heavy pledges


Greece’s leftist opposition is calling for growth-minded, or what is sometimes described as “front-heavy,” measures to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Netherlands seeking joint EU coronavirus fund, envoy says


Issuing Eurobonds would “affect the fine balance” achieved by the Maastricht Treaty between having a common currency while safeguarding the sovereignty of European member-states over their national budgets, Dutch Ambassador to Greece Stella Ronner-Grubacic tells Kathimerini.



City Hall takes care of vulnerable with ‘Help at Home Plus’


Municipal worker Ioannis Chrysanthakopoulos, 39, carries goods for pensioner Vassiliki Chalari, 83, as part of the Athens Municipality’s “Help at Home Plus” program that has been extended to members of vulnerable groups, including the elderly, who face particular challenges during the Covid-19 lockdown. At the most risk from a potential infection, elderly citizens have been advised to avoid leaving their homes. City Hall has also boosted its food handouts for the poor and its programs for the capital’s homeless with a collaboration with charity Medecins du Monde said to be in the works. [Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]