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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.

Absolute cynicism

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In almost any other country – even Greece in days gone by – MinDef Kammenos would have been ousted for defying the government line and presenting his own foreign policy.

Let’s move forward, at last

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The simplified history that we are all taught, wedded with the necessary myths to wrap up the narrative, is the fertile ground where nationalist populism blossoms.

The state we're in

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Who are we trying to kid and for how long will we keep on kidding ourselves, when the snake is already out of its basket and spitting venom?

The economy of ideas

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Despite all manner of legal acrobatics to safeguard intellectual property, this understandably remains outside the purview of the old rules for the simple reason that the notion of ownership of information is meaningless.

Frustrated investment

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Even though some things have progressed since the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government came to power (the project received the approval of the Central Archaeological Council, for instance), the process halted over the construction permit.

The Israeli example

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The Israeli economy went through an evaluation of its own long before Greece and did so without anyone asking for it.

One model fits all

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The country’s biggest transport organization is entering the electronic age with all the slipshod amateurism that characterizes all of the new technologies/programs that the government has been forced to implement.

Spare us the wisecracks

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From the moment that public money is being spent, there should be oversight and the government has a duty to publish all of the facts.