The dream of a Christian Europe

We were justifiably cheered by Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey and his acknowledgement of the ecumenical nature of the Istanbul-based Orthodox Patriarchate. But we should not forget that these gestures are nothing more than a means for the pope to achieve an ambition he had when still...

Protectionism a major problem

One conclusion can be drawn from the survey, cited on this page, by GSEE's Labor Institute: The more jobs are protected, the higher the unemployment rate will rise. In Greece, the privileges of specific professional groups are protected at all cost. As a result, the country has the highest...

Crime and (lack of) punishment

Police officers misbehave now and again in all democratic countries. And they always have. The alleged beating of a Cypriot student by a group of policemen could have happened in the best of organized societies. And it has. Every power cell has certain dangerous elements within it that are...

Shelving reforms until re-election?

There is a widespread notion that the government does not care about anything other than its re-election. According to this conviction, the government promotes or shelves reforms according to the prevailing social and political circumstances or the outcome it believes such a move will have on...

Easy myths about November 1973

The anniversary of the 1973 student uprising at the Athens Polytechnic has become useful as a litany of convenient myths about the dictatorship. It has been said that it is the fate of every crucial turning point in history to be - literally - celebrated to death, to be interpreted so many times,...

A cavalier approach to legislative reform

When US President Lyndon B. Johnson was still a senator, he voted down a piece of legislation which, under ideal circumstances, could have reaped many positive results for his country. The reason he gave for his negative vote was the following: «You do not examine legislation in the light of the...

A simplistic answer to a tough problem

It seems that the idea was born during Antenna's television program «Apodeixeis» (Evidence), which broadcast footage of a soft-porn video recorded on a schoolchild's mobile phone just a few days ago. But banning mobiles in schools is the easy answer to the challenge of solving all those ills...