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Reprehensible conservatism in education

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Evaluating personal conduct is a necessary tool to ensure that a school operates smoothly and efficiently. But keeping a record of it after one’s school years hardly serves any meaningful purpose.

Ludicrous island schemes

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The situation has reached a point where there are no great solutions anymore. There are only bad solutions and even worse ones. 

The price of progress

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No sign of progress goes unpunished, and today we are facing increasing calls for regulations to contain the Airbnb market.

Forty-five years later

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Having a reaction to such an event would be strange in any other country. But in the case of Greece, the strange thing was that the criticism of it was largely subdued.

A poster on the metro

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The question is whether the management of a public organization should be permitted to allow the spread of “fake olds” – namely the reproduction of fake news from the internet.

Permanently stuck at an event horizon

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The latest development in our domestic event horizon was that the main opposition, a party of “the radical left,” accused the government of being on the far right and, at the same time, of being too defensive on national issues.

The deserted islands of reason

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Faced with the big challenge of the refugee/migrant crisis, we have to discuss all the possible solutions for the country in a sober manner.

The Samos uprising

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The twin refugee and immigration crisis is a major challenge and those in positions of responsibility need to explain to citizens just how difficult a challenge it is.

Meaningless opposition

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Tsipras is yearning for the days of 2014 again, but it will never happen. Social and political circumstances have changed too much.

Getting back to the basics of education

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Given that 27.3 percent of students in Greece have trouble understanding simple texts, there is no point debating the “national” or “social” character of history lessons.

Busybodyism and democracy

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Democracy is time-consuming, regardless whether Greece – or any other country for that matter – “cannot wait.”

The challenges ahead

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The momentum right now is positive, but it is geared by expectations. It will be maintained and strengthened only if promises are implemented.

After the confidence vote

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Murphy’s law – whatever can go wrong will go wrong – always comes into play when governments are on their way out, for the simple reason that their strength when it comes to reacting to or bouncing back from mishaps is lessened.

History repeating itself

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The problem in Greece is not that history repeats itself, but that it always repeats itself as a tragedy rather than a farce.

The laws of stupidity

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Terrorism cannot be explained without economic history professor Carlo M. Cipolla’s third and golden law of human stupidity.

The wrong response to corruption

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The worst response to corruption is voting for politicians who promise quick and radical solutions, meaning a fix that sidesteps the sticky process of rule of law.