INTERVIEW

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HELENE GLYKATZI-AHRWEILER

One day, when she was a professor at the Sorbonne, she brought the wrong briefcase and walked into a sophomore class with teaching material for postgraduate students. She had to teach the class without any notes.


In 2008, Tsounis lost 90% of his fortune within three days. He remembers how, during the Wall Street Crash of 1929, American businessmen committed suicide. ‘Instead of committing suicide, I thought of my father’s first piece of advice: “Do not forget where you come from,” so I remained calm,’ he says.
IOAKOVOS TSOUNIS

“I started barefoot, I want to die barefoot.” These were the first words that 97-year-old Iakovos Tsounis said to me when I sat down in his office recently.

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PLASTIC

The European Union is mulling a tax on member states that do not meet their plastic packaging recycling targets, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius told Kathimerini in an interview on Sunday, also urging Greece to intensify efforts on waste management and the protection of Natura 2000 habitats.  


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INTERVIEW

Before she could join sailing classes near her home in Athens, Sofia Bekatorou had to show an instructor she could tie a basic knot properly. Passing the test at age 8 changed her life.


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CORONAVIRUS

Nearly 500 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine could be made available to European Union member-states by the end of the first semester of 2021, according to the bloc’s chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen.
 



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EU

Western democracies must win back control of the boundaries of public debate from social media giants, Marietje Schaake suggests in an exclusive interview with Kathimerini.


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BASKETBALL

Greeks and Turks ought to double their efforts to build friendship bridges, despite the policy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who feds on conflict, says top Turkish basketball player and NBA star Enes Kanter to Kathimerini.

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SOCIETY

The recent warm climate between Greece and Egypt is not solely limited to defense cooperation; it is also attracting the interest of the business community. Shafik Gabr, president and founding member of the International Economic Forum in Egypt and founder of the Arab Global Forum initiative, believes it is the right time to deepen investment and economic relations between the two countries.