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.
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.
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.
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.
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]