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True culture vultures

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Every corner of Greece appears to have suddenly discovered its ties to traditions that died out a long time ago.

The ultimate pretext

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The immoral nature of Cheney's practices is not the crux of this issue. The problem is that history has already taught us how destructive they can be.

What "straight answers"?

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By pointing a finger at a "culprit," you deflect people's attention from the real problems, while offering a "straight answer".

December may come tomorrow

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The buildup of scandal and disappointment in the authorities and institutions can provide the kindling that a random shooting can easily ignite.

Good citizens who do not vote

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Isn't it the Greeks, a fiercely political nation, who used to poke fun at the apolitical "Yankees" because many wouldn't vote in their presidential elections?

The «2 percent» deficit

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The Greek economy is such a mess precisely because endless amendments just like «2% tax exempt for publishers», designed to serve specific interests, are eating away at the state budget.

Heeding the alarm bells

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There are many ways for a government to lose an election and the most sure-fire way is denial of reality. Opinion polls operate a lot like alarm bells and some want to silence them because they're disturbing their stupor.

Defying reason and good taste

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Instead of bringing in much-needed funding, however, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis ceded several meters of free parking space on a street that now reflects the quality of this democracy.

One step at a time

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The question remains as to whether the government has the will to appraise the situation calmly and whether it feels that it has time for those small steps that will pay off in the long term.

The cost of national isolationism

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The decision by newly elected US President Barack Obama to snub Greece and pay an official visit only to Turkey is not the end of the world. However, it is the first time that this has happened and the question is, why now? Some have argued that Turkey is a regional power and can play a mediating...