Exploitation of university immunity

As debate intensifies about how to lift university immunity - which currently forbids police and other state authorities from entering university premises - the current occupation of a university building highlights the need for change to the existing institutional framework.

Consumer choices keeping prices high

Vouliagmenis Avenue in Athens is an interesting phenomenon for economists to study. It is the only road that comes to mind where neighboring gas stations can sell fuel at a 7-cent difference and not go bust. But it is the choices of the consumers who reward those who practice profiteering and...

A nation obsessed with corruption

Once upon a time, everything in Greece was corrupt. Or at least that's how everything was dubbed. Corruption was the fashionable word and the term used to describe both legal and illicit business transactions with the state, relationships between journalists and politicians, the social ties...

Curbing prospects for corruption

For years now, we have been faulting political parties for their partisanship. We keep wondering what kind of world this is where parties cannot lift themselves above partisan concerns, why they keep recruiting cadres indiscriminately and why their leaders - despite their good intentions - fail...

Broad violation of an absurd law

November 2001 in Munich: German authorities arrest Islamists suspected of participating in al-Qaida attacks against the United States two months earlier. Despite the fact that the detentions are carried out at night, all the television channels have dispatched news teams to wait outside the...

Curb the state to tackle corruption

It is true that corruption existed long before the current New Democracy administration came to power. And, unfortunately, it appears all too evident that it will exist again when ND eventually leaves power. But this is not the fundamental problem. More worrying than that are the explanations...