Divided on universities

There appears to be no end to the descent of the University of Athens, a historic institution. Even at the eleventh hour, the university is being held hostage by a small minority of unionists.

Administrative staff yesterday decided to extend their protracted strike into a 15th week in protest at a government overhaul of the country’s bloated civil service, calling two rolling 24-hour walkouts from next week.

One would have expected that Greece’s opposition parties would help put the university back into operation and finally stop throwing their weight behind isolated, extremist groupings.

The strategy of polarization is in nobody’s interest – neither the government’s, nor the opposition parties’. Up until now, these tactics have only resulted in fanning the justified anger of students and their parents.

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