The ugly social ills simmering in Evia

The deplorable case involving the rape of a 16-year-old girl, allegedly by a group of fellow pupils, at a school on Evia brings to the surface several ailments of Greek society, many of which we would prefer to sweep under the carpet. The case highlights, once again, the ills of the Greek...

Art and the limits of satire in Greece

First of all it should be clarified that the citizen's right to peaceful protest is unconditional. And this applies to the comedy show of Jimmy Panousis in Greek theaters as much as it applies to sketches of Muhammad in a provincial Danish newspaper. In view of this, the protest staged by a group...

Teachers and state must change tactics

It appears that the time has come for us to invent new methods of negotiation in the sphere of politics. Ministers and those teachers who follow their trade union leaders have first-hand knowledge of the fact that the tactic of strike action as a means of negotiation is ineffective. Everyone must...

The anxiety of the right-wing break

It is a global rule that all governments are corrupted after exercising power for a certain period of time. Some administrations cause disappointment, others outrage or alienation. In the overwhelming majority of cases, a dramatic development may have a negative influence on a government but does...

The message of our low election turnout

For a moment there was a bit of a democratic panic due to the low turnout in the Athens municipality during Sunday's local authority elections. There was no shortage of commentators bewailing the future of our democracy as rumors suggested an extremely low voter turnout across the country....

Simplistic science reports inaccurate

Until recently, scientists were always sounding the alarm over one thing or another. They would warn us about the harmful effects of a range of consumer products, telling us that wine can lead to alcoholism, that passionate kissing transmits diseases, that spinach may be infected by E. coli...

A lax system with no backup plan

The period between 1981 and 1990 was a happy one for Greeks - but for the wrong reasons. Instead of praising God for Greece's entry into what was then the European Economic Community - thanks to the strenuous efforts and smart political maneuvers of Constantine Karamanlis - we celebrated the...