The states failure to protect its citizens

There is an unwritten contract in our everyday life that dictates a certain sense of responsibility opposite our fellow citizens: that, for example, a motorist will apply the brakes when a pedestrian is crossing the road, or that a resident of a third-floor apartment will not throw a heavy...

Inequality in cases of life or death?

State television broadcast a very interesting documentary on Sunday about the private ambulance firms operating here now. Some businessmen have decided to exploit the gaps left in the market by the National First Aid Center (EKAB) by transferring patients in specially equipped vehicles for 60...

Are education talks doomed to failure?

Those who doubt whether the government will actually make the fall deadline the government has set for implementing reforms in the education sector are quite on the mark. Even the title of the proposed changes, «Draft proposal for changes to the institutional framework for the infrastructure and...

Passive approach to education in Greece

If someone wants to understand the afflictions of our education system, one need only look at the example of the Open University. Greece's Open University is a recently established institution which may not have the history of other higher education institutions but, one presumes, it isn't...

The unfair lot of Greeces students

There is a photograph, taken during the students' protests in France in March, with a very interesting detail. It shows a student addressing the crowds from an elevated podium. But the background of the photo is not at all reminiscent of a university environment, certainly not as we know it in...

A bleak outlook for progress on Cyprus

There are many obstacles for Turkey to overcome as it heads toward European Union accession. Cyprus is just one of these problems. But this problem is not Turkey's invasion and occupation of Cyprus, something which seems so long ago that it is rarely discussed at length in modern Cypriot politics...

The risks of laxness in the prison sector

The truth is that if the guards at Korydallos prison had fired at the convict Vassilis Palaiocostas and another inmate as they made their escape aboard a helicopter and the craft's fuel tank had been hit (a likely scenario, according to the president of the guards' union), then those ranting on...