Citizens stepped forward to be vaccinated, and still are doing so, in a rollout that by all accounts is organised in an excellent manner. Lingering doubts jeopardise the collective effort to build a wall of immunity.
The Greek state must at long last adapt to the demands of 2021 and offer a legislative answer to the situation that has been shaped by work life, instead of remaining stuck to long outdated labour laws.
'The core issue is that we see that that the public is in a state of fatigue and that we must gradually lift the lockdown in a controlled fashion. We finally have enough tools to allow us to do this, including self-tests,' Magiorkinis said.
The vaccination rollout must be expedited because that is necessary in order to build a wall of defence and immunity without which the National Health System cannot endure.
Mixed signals in managing the epidemic can prove disastrous at a moment that the population is understandably fatigued due to protracted public health restrictions.
Those who are bearing the brunt of the now raging epidemic have a duty to have all the necessary weapons in their arsenal so as not to lose ground in the battle against the virus.
Once again at a critical juncture in the life of our nation the prevailing environment is one of sterile political rivalries and irrational and often untimely demands.
In this new decade states will achieve progress when they are fortified, contemporary, and citizen-friendly and operate under a guaranteed framework.
The PM right now has the opportunity to set the tone and to lay the groundwork for the changes that he wants, as a reshuffle for show or merely on paper is simply unacceptable.
Those ministers who want to have somethin to show from their work in a year that the country will be tested on a variety of levels should take this seriously into account,
Once the framework for a rebound of the economy is decided, it will be necessary to urgently fashion a flexible, modern, and citizen-friendly state and public administration.
It was Health Minister Vasilis Kikilias who brought EODY into the limelight - four days before the reports were published, in an apparent attempt at pre-emptive damage control.
One month after the big Samos earthquake 400 people are still living in containers or hotels and 2,300 buildings have been deemed seriously damaged but inhabitable.
Our politicfal parties can and should co-exist by working to defuse hostility and to build consensus whenever and wherever possible in the name of the common good.
Chrisohoidis deployed an army of 5,000 policemen throughout Athens to prevent any commemorative gathering or march, shutting down all the streets in the capital's centre.
The insistence of certain political forces that 17 November commemorative gatherings and marches should take place imperils public health.
'We are living nights of Apocalypse. People are dying torturously and totally alone. We cannot catch up with our patient case load. We are fighting against time,' said one doctor.
The experience of the first wave of the pandemic proved that citizens themselves possess the strongest weapon to confront the pandemic.
The government must prepare for the new socio-economic realities that will emerge once the public health crisis has been transcended. As distant as it seems, that day is no so far off.
The government was forced into a lockdown that just a few weeks ago the PM declared would result in tragic repercussions on the economy and grave social injustices.
There have been countless incidents of violence over the years on university campuses that have been addressed with knee-jerk, timid, and ineffective initiatives.
Without exaggeration, in prosecuting Golden Dawn Greece has demonstrated internationally the value of unalloyed democratic principles in a world confronted with deep transitions.
A government that rests on its laurels and political advantage is in danger of becoming its own victim as In politics inertia, missteps, and omissions that fester will not be pardoned
The government appears to have entirely occupied the political playing field with no opponent. The only danger the ruling party may possibly face is from within.
The problems the government faces are due largely to the personal strategies of ministers stab each other in the back on a daily basis.
New Democracy's only opponent is itself and that is no small thing. The only trap that endangers it is that of developing the arrogance of power.
The government must spend EU pandemic recovery funding prudently to resolve political and economic dysfunctions that have lingered for decades and thus restructure Greece’s economic model.
The one thing that is certain is that the virus is advancing with the number of daily cases steadily above 300 and doctors are warning that hospitals are under severe pressure.
PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has often declared that he is a liberal. This is a case in which the government must not fear offering state aid.
One must effectively monitor specific central Athens neighbourhoods where high rates of transmission have been detected so as to stem the spread of the virus.
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.