The growing international interest in the Eastern Mediterranean is not limited to the energy sector nor to the role of the United States. Other important Western players have been getting in on the action, particularly France.
Greece’s 14 regional airports face much brighter prospects having passed into the hands of a private company, which is operating and modernizing them, despite the significant objections of unionists and vested interests that wanted to maintain control of them – while doing a poor job of running them.
Remarks by Nikos Kotzias during the handover ceremony at the Greek Foreign Ministry last month, when the departing minister said that Athens had plans for the extension of its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea coupled with straight baseline delimitations (or bay-closing lines), generated many reactions and articles.
It became apparent in February that the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government would try to emulate a tactic of totalitarian governments – eliminating anyone whom it feared could be part of a credible and effective counterweight to itself.
Protesting driving instructors caused traffic disruptions in Athens Tuesday by driving in a motorcade from the Transport Ministry in the northern suburbs to the city center. Instructors are calling on the ministry to allay the fears of examiners who suspended driving tests more than a month ago due to concerns they will lose a benefit they receive, which has resulted in a backlog of 22,000 to 23,000 students waiting to take their exams in Attica alone. Tuesday’s protest led to bottlenecks on Mesogeion, Kifissias and Vassilissis Sofias avenues. [ANA-MPA]