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Stuck in reverse

ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

One does not need to look very hard to find out what it is that makes Greece a “special case,” thwarting efforts to pull the country out of the persisting crisis. 

COMMENT

All talk but no real action

It is beyond any doubt that investigations conducted by judicial authorities and the media have uncovered significant corruption scandals. But the problem that has almost always defined Greece is that nothing ever happens and no one really gets in trouble.

COMMENT EU

And then Europe became one...

PANTELIS BOUKALAS

There were smiles all around at the summit in Rome where the European Union celebrated its 60th birthday, even though there is a lot more about this milestone that should invite serious thought rather than jubilation.

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Will we or won’t we?

Months of delays in completing the pending bailout review as a result of the government’s lack of courage and erroneous estimates have caused the Greek economy to sink even further.

COMMENT Politics Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May gives speech at the Department for International Development’s office in East Kilbride, Scotland, Monday.

What UK should be saying at EU’s 60th birthday party

HUGO DIXON *

Theresa May’s empty chair at the European Union’s 60th birthday party was a tragic symbol of the United Kingdom’s waning influence in Europe. Failing to attend this party was a diplomatic blunder that will not help get our Brexit negotiations off to a good start.

COMMENT Politics Greece’s late prime minister Andreas Papandreou (right) and his Turkish counterpart Turgut Ozal pictured at the now defunct airport in Elliniko after their three-day meeting in Athens in the summer of 1998. It was the first visit in Greece by a Turkish premier in 36 years.

Greece in the 1980s: A correspondent remembers

BRUCE CLARK *

The early 1980s were a good time to be a foreign correspondent in Greece, as long as you were thick-skinned, adaptable and had a sense of humor. The early, passionate days of Andreas Papandreou’s leadership gave us plenty of material.

COMMENT

Uninsured vehicles

Back in 2013, Greece’s Parliament passed legislation that enabled authorities to track down uninsured vehicles. Four years later, however, that law remains on paper.

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Musicians and actors stage anti-austerity protest

Musicians and actors staged a protest in central Athens on Wednesday, objecting to changes to the social security system which oblige them to declare themselves as self-employed professionals, essentially relieving their employers of the obligation of insuring them. Further changes to the Greek social security system are among several issues that have been the focus of tough bailout negotiations between government officials and representatives of the country’s international creditors. [Yiannis Kolesidis/ANA-MPA]