COMMENT Politics mitsotakistsiprasgrafeio-thumb-large--2

Clear lines of communication

ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

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.

COMMENT Justice

Rectifying the damage

EDITORIAL

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. 

COMMENT Politics michaloliakos_zaroulia

The endless transformation of evil

MARIA KATSOUNAKI

“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.

COMMENT

Twisting democracy

EDITORIAL

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.

COMMENT

Political reluctance

EDITORIAL

The opening on Thursday of Greece’s first crematorium in Ritsona on the island of Evia serves as an example of the sometimes backward state of the country. 

COMMENT

Milestones and challenges

EDITORIAL

The fact that Greece was able to sell treasury bills with a negative yield for the first time is a major milestone which carries significant symbolic weight.

COMMENT

Institutional self-restraint

EDITORIAL

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.

COMMENT Cyprus b_proedros_anastasiadis

Moment of truth for the Cyprus issue

ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

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. 

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Irish, Cyprus presidents meet in Nicosia

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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]