I read the recent remarks made by leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras, criticizing the conservative government’s handling of Greece’s relations with Turkey. We need to be careful that this very sensitive and dangerous issue is not put at the forefront of a domestic political confrontation.
Whatever one may think about the judicial probes undertaken during the tenure of Greece’s leftist administration, it’s very hard to deny one thing: The country’s justice system sustained unprecedented damage.
“I was elected as a deputy in 2012 by the Greek people. How could the Greek people possibly elect the leaders of a criminal organization?” Eleni Zaroulia, the wife of Golden Dawn chief Nikos Michaloliakos, told judges during her testimony last week.
Now that the topic of the voting rights of diaspora Greeks has been extensively debated between the country’s political leaders, one thing is clear: Facilitating the electoral participation of Greeks living in foreign countries would not lead to an expansion of the electoral body.
The annual Athens Democracy Forum has developed into a fixed point from which we can evaluate the health of democracy globally. Among other things, this year’s meeting highlighted the need for democracy to be seen to be delivering goods to the public.
Donald Trump’s decision to abandon long-standing, bipartisan American support for the Kurds sparked a plethora of reactions, as the US president’s erratic behavior becomes harder to follow, much less interpret.
The Greek government’s decision on Tuesday to leave the cabinet chairs empty during a parliamentary debate on the creation of a special committee to investigate possible crimes committed by former alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos in connection with the Novartis inquiry bears a significant symbolic weight.
Nicosia is faced with a tough and complex reality. Things are likely to become even tougher as we approach the moment of truth on the Cyprus issue, the time when the players involved decide whether the problem can be solved on the basis of a mutually acceptable solution or not.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins (l) and Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades shake hands before their meeting at the presidential palace, Nicosia, Monday. Higgins is in Cyprus for three-day official visit. [Petros Karadjias/AP]