Things tend to go sour in Greek-German relations at pivotal times. Athens just doesn’t get Berlin at all and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras seems to glean all the wrong messages from developments in the German capital.
Lingering uncertainty surrounding an agreement on debt relief for Athens, which remained elusive after the meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday, is taking a rising toll on the country.
It’s not a good time to be a Northern European moralist. Sure, Malta is part of the South, but for a Protestant – who as a group are known for taking pride in their law-abiding ethics – to complain about Malta would be like saying a snake had deceived him.
After long delays and tough negotiations, the Greek Parliament has formally adopted the measures needed to conclude the current review of the third financial assistance program, amid protests on the streets.
Greece has been weighed down for decades by a group of businesses that have become accustomed to living off handouts from the state. They’ve distorted the Greek political system by sucking up critical resources from important sectors.
On-duty crew members stand on the deck of the Olympias, a reproduction of an ancient Athenian trireme, after it anchored at the Zea marina in Piraeus on Wednesday. The Olympias was constructed in 1985 and was mainly used for experimental archaeology trips until 2004, when it was used to transfer the Olympic Flame from Keratsini to Piraeus for the Athens Games. The trireme will remain anchored at the Zea marina through Sunday and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5.30 until 8.30 p.m. [Orestis Panagiotou/EPA]