Miltos Tentoglou is known to most most people in Greece. After all, he is an Olympic gold medalist while he was also the favorite to win in the men’s long jump event at the European Championships in Munich on Tuesday.
The terms of the political game leading up to the next general election in Greece – whenever that ends up taking place – have become much clearer following the conclusion of the congress of the PASOK-KINAL (Movement for Change) socialist party.
SYRIZA’s reaction to the recommendations outlined in a report earlier this week by the expert committee headed by economist and Nobel laureate Christopher Pissarides and advising the Greek government on economic policy is fresh evidence of the opposition’s tendency to allow its ideology to get the better of it.
Protest rallies are already in the works against the new legislation being introduced by the recently elected center-right government to abolish a ban on law enforcement authorities from entering university and technical college campuses.
A successful advertisement is invariably one that becomes a topic of conversation, that provokes reactions and goes viral. Whether an advert is good or bad, politically correct or not, vulgar or sexist is something quite different and is related to one’s aesthetic standards – in short it is a matter of opinion.
The first cracks in the glue holding the two governing parties together are starting to show, although they’ve been there all along. Independent Greeks voted against civil unions and granting citizenship to those born in Greece to migrant parents. This hindered SYRIZA’s ability to sell its progressiveness on two bills that were passed due to the positive stance of the “cursed” opposition and despite the no votes of its own coalition partner.
A bright moment is a rare but welcome occurrence in a country going through the seventh year of a multifaceted crisis and whose residents are sick and tired of the repeated dead-ends they come up against.
“The memorandum, whether we like it or not, is the only political text which set out specific targets, which were binding to the Greek state as a whole,” noted Yannis Stournaras in October 11, 2013, during his tenure as finance minister.
Just before submitting her resignation, former Alternate Finance Minister Nadia Valavani said that when Parliament gave Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras the authority to negotiate a new bailout with creditors on July 11, she voted “yes” because she believed that there would eventually be no deal.