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The most positive aspect of “Greece+,” the SYRIZA blueprint presented Monday on the use of grants and cheap loans from the European Union recovery fund, is that it actually exists.


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07.05.2021 / 22:20

There is much to wonder and laugh at in the database of questions compiled by the Interior Ministry for the exams foreign nationals need to pass in order to qualify for Greek citizenship.


17.02.2021 / 21:36

Can anyone recall any major administrative reform launched by the administration of Antonis Samaras (as mentioned by Interior Minister Makis Voridis in his article in Sunday’s Kathimerini)?



21.01.2021 / 18:50

Listening to the radio recently, I heard an interview with a prominent chef who, at the age of 58 and with numerous distinctions under his belt, is considered a pioneer of the Greek culinary scene.


16.11.2020 / 12:12

“We demand that our constitutional right to march is upheld,” leftist Mera25 chief Yanis Varoufakis declared in Parliament on Thursday.


02.11.2020 / 15:00

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have eased off Greece for now – an old technique of the Turks – but he’s insulting Western leaders, defying American sanctions after testing the Russian S-400 missiles, meddling militarily in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, eyeing a role in Sudan, and angering Russia, Egypt, Israel and anyone else he has occasion to. Many are wondering what the reasoning is behind all this. Does Erdogan have a plan?


04.09.2020 / 13:05

The Greek political class kept the wheel steadily pointing West, even after the change of government of 1967, which was the most anti-Western period in our history. 


24.08.2020 / 17:09

There were many who resented Margaret Thatcher when she said, “There is no such thing as society” – not that they would not resent her if she didn’t. Even today, many politicians (without belonging to the left) repeat the buzzword with a grimace of abhorrence for its quasi-social neoliberalism.


15.08.2020 / 13:13

The truth is that the coronavirus, like all viruses, is transmitted at all hours of the day, all around the world – despite initial speculation or hope – regardless of the season. It is the height of summer and Greece has more cases per day than it had in the spring.


27.06.2020 / 23:22

Liberal democracy is like a bizarre fruit that matures slowly and spoils easily. The main reason is a failure to fully understand its benefits.


28.05.2020 / 21:25

Whenever we received our report card from school back in my day, the last thing we cared about was the conduct grade of “excellence” we all received. We never knew anyone who received a grade of “decent.”


13.03.2020 / 17:33

If it weren’t for memories of some of the darker pages of the country’s history, settling Greece’s uninhabited islands with the refugees who land on our shores would not seem like such a bad idea.


19.02.2020 / 11:17

Like it or not, the world is always changing and these changes are not always fair – whatever that might mean – or what we predicted or desired. The same can be said for the real estate market.


31.01.2020 / 13:27

Forty-five years after the first assassination by November 17 urban guerrillas the Greek state finally got around to organizing an event to commemorate those who were slain by men who believed that they would change the world by killing people.