The dilemma “economy or public health” has returned to the forefront in a dramatic fashion as not only did the “invisible enemy” not retreat over the summer but rather it returned with even greater force
A courageous and bold party should not have needed [SYRIZA MP and ex-education minister] Nikos Filis to defend its history.
Let us protect the prestige of institutions and politicians and let the entire system (and its branches that tried to push the country back to dark times) come to light.
The political system must shed light on all aspects of the recent revelations in such a way that will allow citizens to regain trust in state organs and institutions and in politics in general.
Certain government members in an effort to personally capitalise on the public health success are creating a climate of unjustified complacency.
enormous efforts will be made to keep the economy standing, as long as the government provides the necessary tools and the productive forces devote all their energy.
We don’t know if there will be a second wave of the epidemic and we cannot predict how dynamic, coordinated, and effective the EU’s response to the economic shock will be.
Parties are vying over which policies are best to implement and over the percentage or amount of increase in state spending on strengthening the Greek NHS.
The epidemiologist wants to see how the return of students to school impacts on the rate of spread of Sars Cov-2 in the community, cites research he says shows child-adult transmission or vice versa is negligible.
if protective personal hygiene measures are implemented, social distancing is enforced, masks are worn in closed spaces, and common use surfaces are disinfected we can avoid a new outbreak of the pandemic in summer.
Under no circumstances should the government allow even a suspicion that it will seek to serve partisan special interests or social and professional groups that are pro-government.
Like most of the international press, the magazine attributes the country’s success to sweeping restrictive measures that began well before those of other European countries.
We must show strength and virtues such as patience to proceed with the greatest degree of safety as we approach a gradual lifting of the restrictive measures.
For Greece, which by all accounts has done well since the start of this public health crisis, it would be suicidal to blow everything out of the water due to laxity.
The Greeks still quote an aphorism that has remained in the language unchanged from the time of Solon in antiquity: Rejoice in nothing before it is over. It would be wrong for one to believe that a positive outcome in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic is foreordained. Yet at the same time it would be fatalistic for one not to acknowledge that Greece has already accomplished a significant labour and passed a critical hurdle. It has become a model in its handling of the public health crisis for countries which have a long record of organisation, infrastructure, and discipline. Moreover, Greece’s 10-year economic depression has deprived the country of the requisite means to grapple with the current public health crisis with a full arsenal of weapons. It is precisely for that reason that the government acted with exceptional speed and foresight. One should acknowledge this and not issue fatalistic pronouncements that the government turned a weakness into fuel to gain advantage. To paraphrase the famous quote by the late statesman Constantine Karamanlis who declared that “We are doing well abroad”, implying that the domestic picture is not so rosy, one might say today that we are doing well at home. That is the overwhelmingly prevailing sense in public opinion as 86 percent of respondents in a recent surveys approve of the partial lockdown and 67 percent approve of the government’s emergency economic measures [Pulse polling company, 2 April]. These numbers are very significant as they reflect that the crisis is helping to restore citizens’ trust in institutions and the state. Did we need a crisis to begin restoring that necessary trust, to succeed in that labour? The answer lies in yet another ancient aphorism: “There is nothing bad that comes without some good”, which is to say every cloud has a silver lining. Greece .has become a model in its handling of the public health crisis for countries which have a long record of organisation, infrastructure, and discipline.
With the pandemic likely to decimate Greek tourism, which is widely viewed as the engine of the economy, the tourism ministry will launch an intensive campaign to attract foreign tourists to Greece,
The current public health crisis is different in nature than the economic crisis that Greece has already suffered, yet the memory of it is too fresh to repeat the same mistakes.
The closures ordered by the government - which pertain to seasonal tourist facilities that have not opened yet – aside from hotels covers camping facilities, youth hostels, condohotels, and furnished villas and homes.
The coronavirus threat (the first case in Greece was identified today in Thessaloniki) poses a huge challenge to the National Health System and to what is ostensibly the government’s strong suit – the recovery of the Greek economy.
The Greek print and electronic media have focused on the need for the public to remain calm and composed in the not unlikely event that cases arise in the country.
French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire told Ta Nea about plans to intensify French investment in Greece in various sectors, from energy to tourism and infrastructure.
Provocative statements from Ankara certainly stir concerns and Turkey in the 21st century appears to be adopting an ever more aggressive stance toward its neighbours.
'They must know that we don’t want them here,” New Democracy MP Konstantinos Bogdanos, among the party’s most right-wing members said of economic migrants.
The government and the main opposition crossed swords over the July, 2018, wildfire which claimed 102 lives in Attica’s seaside resort of Mati.
Experts doubt whether the feasibility study on insurance system reform presents credible projections and guarantees regarding the viability of the system.
The PM and his government aim to internationalise the issue by stressing that it is a European problem but expectations that other EU member-states will cooperate are merely pious wishes.
UNHCR has been appealing to the Greek government to use emergency measures to expedite its plans to transfer a greater number of asylum-seekers to appropriate accommodation on the mainland. More than 36,000 asylum seekers now in reception centres designed for 5,400 people, according to the UNHCR spokesman.
Heightened governmental responsibility and social cohesion are required in order to effectively grapple with the migrant-refugee crisis.
The success of the refugee burden-sharing plan will depend on the readiness of the Greek government to manage the crisis and on the efficiency of competent authorities.
The government is entering the talks with trade unions having pledged bebefore to support wage hikes in 2020 that are double the country’s growth rate.
It would best if members of the government speak in a measured manner with the right timing and only when they have something substantial to say.
The effort to internationalise an issue that by its very nature is supranational and yet is treated as a domestic problem is a step in the right direction.
The impasse in Greek football is the result of the government’s choices and whoever cannot see that is simply turning a blind eye.
It will rise 50 centimeters above sea level and carry light marks that will make it visible at night, a government document inviting vendors to submit offers said
One can choose to justify governmental fears, but a government that violates the fundamental principles of a well-governed state is unjustifiable.
Ruling party MPs were personally pressurised and the political leadership was confronted with verbal attacks and curses from circles which in previous years acted on the margins of legality.
The opposition’s policy is to seep into the fissures that government policy creates in society.
Police attempted to get the consent of a family who were neighbours to enter their home and when they did not receive it they went berserk –infringing on and offending the asylum of the home and citizens’ rights.
The PM personally assumed the responsibility and cost by avoiding pledges, a climate of handouts, and supplementing the income of electorally crucial social group and forces.
FIve months after coming to power the government showed that there are no automatic solutions. One cannot press a button and have everything coordinated to solve problems.
In politics the admonition of the great lawgiver Solon to King Croesus of Lydia still trands true: Rejoice in nothing until the end.
The government will swiftly present a comprehensive plan outlining policies and measures to address the crisis.
Here what we have is a peculiar private monopoly and a state regulator that is dependent on it. The regulator here neither controls the diffusion of toxicity, nor does it control the distribution of superprofits.
the two hundredth anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821 appears to have created a huge opportunity for our nation and our country.
A barrage of draft legislation which signals the government’s outlook and overall plan will be tabled in Parliament this week.
The monitoring mechanism that the government intends to establish to ensure transparency should be welcomed as a step in the right direction.
The governance of a country, of course, is not a sprint but rather a marathon.The haste of those in power, however, is in line with citizens’ needs at this point.
Mitsotakis maintained that lowering the primary surplus targets is feasible 'when we demonstrate in practice our reform dynamic'.
'I am convinced that we will manage to bring the bright Greece that we all deserve,' Mitsotakis declared.
'He is the man who for three-and-a-half years clamoured for elections, engaged in disaster-mongering, and predicted our failure even though he knew that we were putting a derailed economy back on track,”the former PM said.
According to One Channel, Mitsotakis in his second and final address before the vote of confidence, on the eve of the first anniversary of the Mati wildfire which claimed 102 lives, will announce relief measures for residents.
Judging by the political programme that PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis tabled in Parliament it appears that the overarching aim of the government is to produce as soon as possible palpable results for society.
The government is now obliged to present in detail its plan and programme and to implement it swiftly.
Even at this late date, the state has a duty to act in a manner that will not offend either the lives of survivors or the memory of the dead.
The aim is to create in Greece what in advanced countries is a well-staffed and organised state that knows what it wants and how to achieve it.
The previous SYRIZA government of Alexis Tsipras steadfastly refused to recognise Guaido as interim president on the grounds that President Nicolas Maduro was the democratically elected leader, and that such recognition would not facilitate a peaceful transition of power.
It is unprecedented at least for Greece for ministers to be handed envelopes outlining the duties and targets of each ministry and to be informed that they will be constantly monitored by a team operating under the PM.
Regling also signaled that the incoming Greek government’s aim of lowering of primary surplus targets is at the moment hardly a sure thing.
'Every minister receives an envelope with the strategic plan for his or her remit which outlines our central targets, timetables, working groups, and the necessary support. We are planning, implementing, and evaluating our policies with a single objective, to make the lives of citizens better.'
The PM and his ministers may say that they are prepared and have specific plans to deal with the critical issues that they face, but the solutions are anything but simple.
The Greek readout indicated that both leaders agreed on the need to deepen exceptionally good bilateral relations.
The PM’s personal ambitions concern the entire country. His wager is a wager that concerns the social whole.
The PM appears determined to move forward swiftly, as his meeting with his economic team yesterday evening made clear.
Mitsotakis has tapped Ioannina MP Konstantinos Tasoulas, a protégé of the late conservative ND leader Evangelos Averof, as the next Parliament Speaker.
The outgoing government must explain why documents have been shredded over the last days at various ministries and at the PM’s Maximos Mansion offices.
The warnings that the Bank of Greece issues due to its institutional role should be viewed as necessary, and not as hostile acts as the government viewed them over the last four years.
It has been proven that the judiciary was used as a tool. High Court judges were manipulated and prosecutors were forced to or simply agreed to serve devious aims.
The current government’s short-sighted policy regarding PPC turned a corporation with small profits into a loss-making one.
The ruling party had once raised the banner of human rights, constantly unleashed charges about migrants’ poor living conditions, and demanded assistance for asylum seekers.
Top politicians – including three former prime ministers – were targeted by SYRIZA with allegations of corruption and loads of mud was slung at them.
“Not till negotiations ended on July 13, 2015, did the EU and Greece agree to a third bailout. In the meantime, the EU’s preparations for catastrophe continued,” Bloomberg reported.
Citizens in the recent elections punished the government for its failure to deliver on the economy, and the reaction of markets is hardly encouraging.
The 7 July general election will be the first held in July since 1928, and wildfire protection must be discussed during the five-week campaign.