COMMENT Diplomacy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during his annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry’s work in 2017, in Moscow on Monday.

The constitutional name of FYROM

TOM ELLIS

Comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday regarding Greece’s lingering name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) were very important, but not because he claimed that efforts to revive the talks were linked to Washington’s desire to see the small Balkan state’s accession to NATO. 

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When rallies backfire

Some people think that mass demonstrations can be utilized by governments to serve as a negotiating tool, indicating popular support for certain non-negotiable “red lines.”

COMMENT Politics

Mixed roles

PANTELIS BOUKALAS

It would be hard to disagree with comments made by the UN mediator in Greece’s name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Matthew Nimetz, who said Sunday that “there’s nothing totally new, there’s no new magic, we know what the problems are.”

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Confused about goals

The government is incapable of developing a clear and consistent policy line when it comes to the name talks with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

COMMENT Interview AHI’s aim is to strengthen the US-Greece relationship, says Nick Larigakis.

Greece among US’s ‘most dependable’ East Med allies

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Greece, Cyprus and Israel are the United States’ three most dependable allies in the Eastern Mediterranean and form the front line of defense for significant American interests, at a time when relations between Washington and Turkey are particularly tense, says American Hellenic Institute (AHI) president Nick Larigakis.

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Passion for mediocrity

How far is this government planning to lower the standards in every level of public education?

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E-tickets for museums, sites among key aims for 2018

Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou visits the Greek Archaeological Fund’s (TAP) workshop of casts, copies and replicas in Athens, on Wednesday. Koniordou and newly appointed TAP president Athena Hatzipetrou outlined the fund’s main priorities for 2018. Among these is the introduction of electronic tickets at the country’s archaeological sites and public museums, which will be piloted in May at key sites in the capital and Crete, they said. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation and National Bank have donated 1.2 million euros to this end. [Tatiana Bolari/Eurokinissi]