Nineteen years ago today, when the second plane rammed into the second of the Twin Towers and it was clear that we were witnessing a crime, not an accident, we immediately knew that our lives would change.
Yes, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ government has been unfortunate in having to deal with the huge problems of the pandemic, the Greek-Turkish crisis, the economic and social impact of these, as well as the migration crisis, which had already grown to dangerous proportions before the conservatives were elected last summer.
The vast majority of the Greek people embrace and share some values. When they see the Greek flag waving, for example, they rejoice and are moved. They do not think, “He must be a fascist to have raised it.”
I met George Bizos when I was too young to remember it. He and my father had known each other for years, as young members of South Africa’s Greek community. I was friends with “Uncle George’s” third son, Alexi, who was my age.
The accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is set to be signed at the White House today. The ceremony will also be attended by Bahrain, which became the fourth Arab country, after Egypt, Jordan and the UAE, to recognize Israel. Israel, for its part, is stepping back from its plan to annex parts of the West Bank.
Peace and security for future generations, good faith and dialogue, are and must be the common goal of two neighbors. Particularly in the case of neighbors like Greece and Turkey, who share a heavy historical past and a difficult present in their bilateral relations.
The Mediterranean has always been the cradle of civilization as well as a basin of constant cultural and economic interaction. In this geography our past, present and future are inextricably intertwined.
For a month now, Greece has been facing the most difficult test of its defenses in the last 25 years. At best, society will be called upon to sacrifice some of its wealth to strengthen the country and bolster its deterrence capabilities.
For most of the summer, former US vice president Joe Biden has maintained a sizable polling lead over incumbent Donald Trump in the race for the presidency. In recent weeks though, the polls have tightened.
Teachers on Thursday staged a rally in central Athens, calling for more measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus at schools, including a mandatory reduction in the number of pupils in classes to a maximum of 15. The protest was organized after the closure of several schools following Covid-19 outbreaks. [Alexandros Beltes/ANA-MPA]