COMMENT Turkey istanbul_web--2-thumb-large

Hagia Sophia stunts cannot solve Erdogan’s problems


“We will conquer mosques,” proclaimed Ali Erbas, the head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, on May 27 as he announced the Turkish government’s plan to reopen mosques for public worship after a Covid-19 hiatus.


Survival or rebirth?


The naysayers were wrong. It seems that the European contribution to the revival of Greece’s economy will far exceed expectations. It’s a lot of money. But the quantity in itself will not be enough to solve the problems.

COMMENT EU merkel_web

An historic moment for Europe?


“I fear German power less than her inactivity,” remarked Poland’s Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski at the height of the eurozone crisis. More than Germany leading Europe, Europe must fear a Germany that eschews its leadership responsibilities.

COMMENT Politics parliament_web

Necessary red lines


It is important to mark red lines in foreign policy. However, these should not only be respected by outsiders; it is crucial that they are also preserved by all agents that engage in domestic politics, including political leaders, the news media and the pundits that shape public opinion.


Crisis waiting to happen


It is a crisis waiting to happen: About 11,000 refugees who have been granted asylum in Greece are still housed in reception facilities.

COMMENT Education classroom_web--3

The saga of teacher evaluations


We have been treated in recent days to yet another episode of the ongoing drama between the education unions and the ministry, where the issue at the heart of the dispute over the live-streaming of classes is the evaluation of teachers. 


The hiccups of 2021


The Greece 2021 committee on the bicentennial of the declaration of the Greek War of Independence has undertaken a symbolic, albeit very important task.



President hails cross-cultural Thrace as ‘bridge of friendship’


On a visit on Thursday to a school in the town of Glafki in Xanthi, in the northern region of Thrace, President Katerina Sakellaropoulou was given a bouquet of flowers by a student in traditional dress. Referring to “a bridge of friendship,” Sakellaropoulou said that the “cross-cultural character of Thrace enriches Greece.” “Two religions coexist peacefully and constructively, with mutual respect and love for the country,” she said, adding that, “Christians and Muslims, men and women make up a mosaic of cultures and traditions which must be capitalized on if the region of Xanthi and its residents are to improve their lives.” [Theodoros Manolopoulos/Greek Presidency/ANA-MPA]