COMMENT Politics

Lost in translation


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.


Outlining debt relief

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.


Selective immunity

Efforts to protect the vested interests of yesteryear while at the same time creating a new system of political and business entanglement are far from subtle.

COMMENT Politics

Moral high ground lost in Malta


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.


Debt and audacity

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.



Trireme Olympias on show at Zea marina in Piraeus

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]