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DEBTOCRACY – an interesting viewpoint and some critical thoughts

The video on debtocracy seeking to explain how did we get there - 'we' Greeks and 'we' Europeans http://youtu.be/qKpxPo-lInk But I think there is something that is not said clearly enough: Greece, in unanimity almost among elites and citizens, went into the Euro zone - marginally meeting the necessary standards - with the promise that [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:10:15+00:00 November 4th, 2011|News|Comments Off on DEBTOCRACY – an interesting viewpoint and some critical thoughts

The Greek Myth

An interesting and incisive view into the origins of the Greek economic crisis as well as into the current reality. But the question remains how to deal with it? The current 'therapy' does not seem to be working. Not least because the austerity measures have 'killed' the market. Any money that was available to be spent or [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:10:50+00:00 October 10th, 2011|News|Comments Off on The Greek Myth

About Greece: Many truths and a few half truths.

Beautiful video created by the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce. Presents several accomplishments of modern Greeks, several positive features of the country, its richness and beauty, the many services it offers, its products and the modern infrastructure that it has developed in the last 20 years. It also presents a few half truths about Greeks [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:12:26+00:00 September 28th, 2011|News|Comments Off on About Greece: Many truths and a few half truths.

FRONTEX and Border Controls at the Greek Turkish Border

In a recent report of Human Rights Watch, the well known NGO accuses FRONTEX for having contributed to violations of the human rights of migrants apprehended at the Greek Turkish border for illegally entering into Greece. FRONTEX officers deployed at the Evros region in the context of the first ever RABIT operation (that took place in Greece [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:13:25+00:00 September 23rd, 2011|News|Comments Off on FRONTEX and Border Controls at the Greek Turkish Border

Austerity (?) in the Greek Parliament

The Greek Parliament is a former Palace of the Bavarian king of Greece in the 19th century, Otto. It has beautiful marbles, antique furniture, prestigious paintings. Indeed this is how the Parliament of a European country and indeed a European country with a long and tormented history should be. What is wrong then with the [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:16:14+00:00 September 8th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Austerity (?) in the Greek Parliament

Free Riders in Wonderland or of Greeks in Greece!

While Violence was raging in the streets of Athens and Syndagma square in front of the Greek Parliament was being destroyed for the 3rd or 4th time in 2 years by angry protesters wearing hoods, the Greek MPs voted with a slight majority 155 (out of 300) in favour of asking for the new loan [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:16:57+00:00 June 30th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Free Riders in Wonderland or of Greeks in Greece!

Is this the end of the world as we know it?

Last night Mr Pretenteris, a well known Greek TV journalist, hosted in his political talk show some key exponents of the Socialist party (PASOK), New Democracy (the right wing party in opposition), SYRIZA, a smaller left wing party and LAOS, a small extreme right wing party, together with the president of the national power company (DEH) [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:17:40+00:00 June 28th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Is this the end of the world as we know it?

When your worse enemy are your own political elites

The Eurogroup President Jean Claude Juncker urged last night Greece to reinvigorate its efforts to slash spending, sell assets and improve tax collection. He also called for the two main Greek political parties, the Socialists in government and the Conservatives in the opposition, to get together and discuss the crucial battles that lie ahead and find some [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:20:39+00:00 June 16th, 2011|News|Comments Off on When your worse enemy are your own political elites

Message of hope

Italy is giving a message of hope to Europe with its solidarity towards the immigrants and asylum seekers fleeing Tunisia and Libya that continue to arrive on Lampedusa's shores. There have been numerous accounts of the altruism and solidarity shown by the inhabitants of the tiny island, south of Sicily, and by the coastguard and [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:21:48+00:00 June 2nd, 2011|News|Comments Off on Message of hope

Killing Bin Laden – Posing questions

Tariq Ramadan (on French Television) poses important questions regarding the death of Bin Landen. I share with him many of his reservations: how come Bin Laden was hiding near Islamabad and none knew? how come was he 'discovered' right now? why was he killed instead of being brought in front of a court? is it [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:23:15+00:00 May 17th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Killing Bin Laden – Posing questions

Poverty and unemployment threaten the cohesion of our societies, not asylum or immigration!

  The arrival of North African refugees on the Italian and Maltese shores coincides with heated political debates about immigration in several EU countries, including France, Italy and the UK. In the process, asylum and irregular migration are presented by politicians and journalists as a threat to ‘our societies’ in order to obtain consensus and [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:22:38+00:00 May 16th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Poverty and unemployment threaten the cohesion of our societies, not asylum or immigration!

Is Lampedusa in Europe?

Angela [in the photo published in www.repubblica.it, Palermo edition] was born on 19 April 2011 in Lampedusa, south of Sicily, immediately after the arrival of her mother on the island. V. (Angela's mother) is 23 years old. She is Nigerian but lived and worked in Libya in the past years. She has left Libya about 2 days [...]

By | 2014-09-09T20:26:04+00:00 April 20th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Is Lampedusa in Europe?