A major challenge

Apart from its political significance, the Golden Dawn trial is a magnifying glass into one of the most persistent of Greece’s institutional challenges: the slow pace of justice.

Delayed justice not only creates insecurity and hassle for citizens and takes a toll on the economy; it also undermines the credibility of the state and reinforces prevailing suspicions that big cases are never really resolved legally.

On the one hand, we see a barrage of charges, and on the other, delays that are almost tantamount to a denial of justice.