COMMENT

Regained credibility

EDITORIAL

It is happening sooner than anticipated: Two major Greek companies – namely oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum and OTE telecom – are preparing to borrow hundreds of millions of euros from the markets.

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Cavusoglu urges restraint over tension

NIKOLAOS STELGIAS

Our meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu took place at the Palm Beach Hotel in Famagusta on September 9, the day he entered the fenced-off town of Varosha with Turkish-Cypriot “Foreign Minister” Kudret Ozersay. It was the first time a Turkish official had entered the city since it was captured by the Turkish Army on August 14, 1974. We engaged in an extensive discussion about the Cyprus issue and Greek-Turkish relations.

COMMENT

Justice and poison

EDITORIAL

Justice needs neither encouragement nor guidance. It has an obligation and all the necessary institutional weaponry it needs to investigate all cases, regardless of the status of the persons involved.

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The black hole of education

MARIA KATSOUNAKI

The new school year started this week. The youngsters are anxious but happy, while their parents are mostly frustrated. They know that the struggle related to extracurricular lessons, which range from basic skills such as foreign languages to more sophisticated knowledge, is about to start and will intensify through the last years of elementary school.

COMMENT

The metro squabbles

EDITORIAL

In the dispute that has broken out over the slow progress in the construction of a new metro network in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, we have heard serious arguments from both those in favor of accelerating the work and those who say it can’t move any faster.

COMMENT

Crunch time for education

EDITORIAL

The findings of a recent study by an agency of the Education Ministry into the performance of Greece’s high school students are disheartening at best, as they confirm the image of a failed national education system.

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In pursuit of the truly public service

RICHARD PINE

John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech was a call for commitment and responsibility: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” It doesn’t matter whether “your country” is a nation-state or a colony or a dependency.

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Nearly 70 wildfires reported in 24 hours

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Beachgoers watch a firefighting helicopter scoop up water from the sea at the coastal resort of Loutraki, near Corinth, on Tuesday. A wildfire that started on Saturday on the area’s Mount Geraneia and burned through hundreds of hectares of brush and trees over the weekend and on Monday, experienced fresh conflagrations Tuesday, which, however, were quickly doused. Greece’s fire service Tuesday said that it responded to 67 calls for wildfires in just 24 hours, from 7 p.m. on Sunday to 7 p.m. on Monday, deploying 855 firefighters and 307 trucks,among other forces. [Vassilis Psomas/ANA-MPA]