The mini-summit of states on the so-called Balkan migration route and the United Nations General Assembly both fell short of bringing about meaningful change regarding the universal problem of migration.
“The matter of the Church of Greece is one for the Greek people and not for a minister,” Archbishop Ieronymos, the head of the Church of Greece, wrote in a letter addressed to Greek Education Minister Nikos Filis.
In Greece we usually deal with crises first by underestimating the danger then by leaving those in the center of the storm to fend for themselves; when the problem becomes too great, we are at a loss, we wait for a solution from above.
Archbishop Ieronymos’s reaction to the government’s new program for religion studies in Greek schools – which he called “unacceptable and dangerous” – was expected and quite correct from the head of the Church of Greece, though perhaps late in coming, reactive rather than proactive and quite possibly ineffective.
The ratification by Parliament of a bill for the privatization of the former airport plot at Elliniko, on the southern coast of Athens, is a very positive development, and particularly so as it was backed by a significant majority of MPs.