May 23, 2006, Karpathos, Southeastern Aegean. Hellenic Air Force pilot Captain Kostas Eliakis takes off from Souda, Crete, to intercept one of thousands of Turkish intrusions. Something as absurd as waving off an “ally’s” aggression has become routine for pilots like Eliakis, whose whole careers, for the past 40 years, have been based on this insanity.
Greece is an openly insane country. The Greek people elected their first leftist government based on promises that included tearing up the bailout deal, putting an end to the country’s fire sale and a spectacular debt haircut.
To be fair, the current government has so far refrained from telling the people that we are “close to the end of the tunnel,” a cliche that was oft-repeated by former prime ministers George Papandreou and Antonis Samaras and has now lost its allure.
Self-delusions and lies always come at a heavy price. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras came to power on the promise of a debt write-off, the abolition of the single property tax (ENFIA), the end of the privatization of state assets and much, much more.
Rows in the Greek Parliament have become uncomfortably commonplace. The presence of neo-fascist Golden Dawn MPs has sent standards tumbling. It’s not just your typically bad-tempered deputy that never misses a chance of pouring oil on the flames.
Certain measures included in the controversial multi-bill that is going up for a vote in Parliament tomorrow are nothing short of infuriating for the Greek people because they are so obviously designed to address the demands of special interest groups.
NATO’s mission in the Aegean has proven particularly effective as it has decisively contributed to saving lives and the significant reduction of migrant and refugee flows from Turkey to the Greek islands, says Britain’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon in an interview with Kathimerini.
A boy carries a dish through a flooded section of a makeshift camp for migrants near the village of Idomeni, close to Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Nearly 10,000 refugees and migrants have been camping near Idomeni for months after authorities closed the border in hope it will reopen. Government officials have said they will clear the camp in the next few weeks. There are more than 1,000 migrants at another makeshift camp at the country’s main port of Piraeus while more than 6,000 are living at a state-run facility in Elliniko, southern Athens.