Operating on the edge

Some time ago, a bank commercial on TV showed a couple enjoying a romantic boat trip. Suddenly, the boat sprang a leak. Alarmed, the man tried to plug the hole, but his efforts were in vain. Soon, the boat was taking in water everywhere. This advertisement reflects the Greek economy. While we...

The US toolbox for democracy

If we want to describe the policy of the Bush administration in the Middle East, we need simply to invoke the words of the great British statesman Benjamin Disraeli: «He only had one idea, and that was wrong.» The plan of the neo-conservatives in Washington seemed simple, but essentially it was...

Loud but simplistic criticism of the war

The voices protesting the passivity of the international community toward the ongoing slaughter in Lebanon are multiplying. In this country, every now and again, an opinion maker will ask, «Where is the international community hiding at this crucial time?» But no one clarifies what this...

An unnecessary police force

In a country where we cannot even hire enough doctors and nurses to meet our most pressing needs, Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras has heralded the recruitment of rural police officers with «environmental responsibilities.» This would be a nice idea in a country like Luxembourg which has a...

The pros and cons of decentralization

In the past, one of the most pressing demands of Greek society was decentralization and academic institutions proved to be an effective tool for implementing this goal. The institutions contributed to the economic and social development of many regions. Those familiar with provincial towns before...

The cost of a gray economy

The findings of a recent Eurobarometer poll, published in Thursday's Kathimerini, are disturbing. They are troubling not so much because they reveal the pessimism of most Greeks regarding the fate of their country and their restrained optimism about their personal future. It is the contrast...

A reliable system of assessing education

Discussions with academics on the subject of evaluation within the university system make one thing extremely clear: that no one appears to know exactly what this is. Most seem to visualize the return of the foreboding inspector sitting at the back of the class and assessing the professors'...