Measures, such as the wearing of masks and checking vaccination and illness certificates, have been abandoned for so long, one wonders how easy it will be to reinstate them if need be.
None of the previous university reform laws were truly enforced, so that we might have seen the problems and dysfunctions of the system in order to remedy them.
The state has a duty to enforce legislated reforms, otherwise it undermines public trust in itself and stirs doubts over any effort at modernisation.
The Council of State said that establishing a University Police force 'does not violate the principles of academic freedom and the administrative autonomy of universities'.
Ta Nea has repeatedly underlined the need for decisive action to root out violence at Greek universities, which was a key plank in ruling New Democracy’s 2019 electoral platform.
Energy costs have doubled and in some cases tripled for households and businesses since a year ago and the situation has literally battered a very large percentage of middle class Greek households.
Greece, like the rest of the planet, is facing successive crises that create a protracted period of uncertainty for which everyone – society and the political system – must be suitably prepared.
Greek Consulate in Mariupol drawing up list of ethnic Greeks who wish to leave the region
The speed with which the government is moving is welcome, as are agreements with Northern European countries that have agreed to provide Greece with experienced, specialised fire-fighting teams this coming summer.
Open air athletic stadiums will be allowed to seat 50 percent of capacity (compared to the current 10 percent), restaurants, bars, and nightclubs will be allowed to have customers standing, and the percentage of tele-work will be reduced.
The current government, which came to power in 2019, was not able to implement its electoral platform, as the public health crisis that ensued and its negative impact disorganised everything.
A breather through tax cuts for the middle class is necessary. That is not only because it was a central plank in the government’s electoral platform, but also because it is yet another way to support labour.
According to SYRIZA, the decision of the vice-speaker of Parliament to cut off an opposition MP’s speech and shut the microphone of the podium was an 'unprecedented, undemocratic, and coup-style muzzling of an MP'.
It would be a welcome change as if those who bear responsibility for tragedies in which many people died when they were in power [SYRIZA], and for an ensuing cover-up operation, exhibited greater self-awareness and modesty.
Alexis Tsipras avoided referring to the real reason for a move that is viewed as sensationalist even by his loyal comrades, as the government is not in danger of renegade New Democracy MPs voting it down.
The public demands of people in operational positions to do their job as well as possible. It accepts their apology and admission that they made mistakes but also expects them to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them.
At a televised briefing this afternoon, Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides placed the blame on the company and said he would recommend to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis that the company’s management of the weather emergency be probed. The Attiki Odos company denies the blame.
The case of the gang rape of a 24-year-old woman in Thessaloniki sparked a wave of rage and at the same time a wave of support for the victim, who mustered the courage to relate the nightmare that she experienced.
Only the government can cut the Gordian knot. It is time for the government’s electoral pledges to be implemented. Thuggery, threats, and printing a funeral announcement for a rector have no place in our universities. They must once and for all become a thing of the past.
Professors must transcend their fears and reservations and realise that without their cooperation and active participation, no policing mechanism can be effective. Today their colleagues are being attacked, but tomorrow it will be them.
Following the recommendation of the National Committee on COVID-19, the health ministry has announced the extension of public health restrictions imposed before Christmas through 23 January.
At a time that the academic community must handle the repercussions of the pandemic, tolerance for any type of violence leads ineluctably to a further downgrading of our universities. Thuggery, terrorism, and those harm democracy.
Inflation, either in basic goods or energy, creates a chain reaction of repercussions in the entire economy, decreasing consumption, and aggravating the situation for already burdened businesses.
It is perhaps more important than ever to limit the mixed messages regarding public health measures that may be required. That way, no one will be confused and no one will be exposed.
The government has proven in a variety of sectors that it has the necessary reflexes and that it can create a useful combination of the lessons of the pandemic with long-term planning.
The extremely rapid spread of the Omicron variant all over the planet has made clear that vaccination is not enough. The unvaccinated will get sick or die, but the vaccinated can also be infected.
PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Parliament on 1 December that he had no indication that there was any difference in the quality of care for patients intubated in ICU and patients intubated outside ICU’s.
The stance regarding the pandemic of opposition MPs in Parliament yesterday is cause for concern and raises the question of whether they have realised that they are undermining the national effort.
Violence continues even after the government passed a law pertaining to universities which provides for security systems and the creation of an autonomous service to protect the academic community.
Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras not long ago accused the government of 'timidity' and demanded that the government toughen its stance and limit the room for the unvaccinated.
'The hospital has spun out of control and the problem will soon become unmanageable. Hospital treatment and medical practice under these conditions is becoming ever more dangerous.'
Nobody has the right to deny their share of responsibility in the common effort, because if even one group says it lacks the competence or is unable to do so, the sacrifices of the rest of society are imperiled.
Public health restrictions were necessary. When one has 6-7 thousand daily infections, when hundreds of patients are filling hospitals nationwide, and when dozens are dying daily, one has no other choice.
On the one hand it says it is waiting to assess the effectiveness of existing measures, and on the other it notes that epidemiological indices appear to have stabilised slightly over the last few days.
It necessary for the government to devise a package of initiatives to offer relief to the average citizen with a dividend, price cuts wherever possible, and a minimum wage increase, which it is rightly planning.
The president of the regional Magnesia prefecture hospital doctors said that, 'The [Volos] hospital has collapsed and certain people are afraid to say so. Yesterday, one doctor was treating 110 patients.”
The encyclical of the Synod was issued today. one day after MEGA television’s exclusive interview with the PM, who has an open line of communication and collaboration with the archbishop. In the interview, the PM defended the government's decision to exempt churchgoers from testing.
The National Health System is already under enormous pressure. Under such conditions, it is impermissible to allow gatherings in closed spaces such as churches where vaccinated people will intermingle with people who may be carriers because they are unvaccinated.
Gradually, according to models designed to specify the impact of the climate crisis, the deltas of large rivers will be lost, the Maldives will be submerged, substantial portions of Piraeus and Thessaloniki will be flooded, and Greece’s entire coastlines and islands will be threatened.
The main opposition made its move straight on the heels of the resignation of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz amidst allegations that he used government funds to buy positive coverage from a newspaper.
The government's increase of the energy subsidy, including natural gas, is an immediate and correct measures, as is the change in income criteria for the eligibility of economically vulnerable groups, and subsidising energy bills with various discounts.
Venizelos in an interview with a Thessaloniki (his former electoral district) radio station called on the government and the entire political system to urgently make decisions based on the scientific data to stem the rise in the number of COVID-19 deaths.
The government succumbed to the truly many pressures and impatience of citizens for the opening of the economy and society so that they could be freed from oppressive restrictive measures. The lack of preparation was revealed in autumn one year ago, when the second wave of the pandemic raged in Northern Greece..
Elpidophoros issued a lengthy statement in which he said he stands by the Greek Cypriot people and their just cause and that just as the Cypriots after the 1974 invasion and occupation became refugees in their own land, he and his family too were uprooted from their home in Istanbul.
The issue is that all types of competent authorities in this country should at long last understand that when the press points out problems, they should not skirmish with it, but instead they should engage in earnest self-criticism.
The government is rightly hammering out a package of serious “antidotes” for the burgeoning problem of inflation in food prices. This should be drafted very swiftly as a comprehensive plan because it concerns households nationwide.
Chrisohoidis, until now Citizen’s Protection Minister, will be replaced by Takis Theodorikakos. A seasoned pollster, former interior minister Theodorikakos had been credited in part for PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ rise to power.
In Greece, although the vaccine rollout began with enthusiasm in the spring, over time, and especially during the summer months, interest waned. That is mainly because of the emergence of a groundless and unscientific anti-vaccine movement.
The low percentage of vaccinated people in the Armed Forces and security forces must be a cause for concern for the government, The government spokesman has said that nothing has yet been decided. . Yet, other countries have already decided,
If the Holy Synod, in conjunction with the timidity of the state, does not dare to institute compulsory vaccination– as there are obviously different views in the Synod – let local Metropolitans decide for their dioceses and call those do not comply to order.
The citizenry will have to wait until the fires have been extinguished in order to be informed of what went wrong, in which areas evaluations of the situation were flawed, and which officials did not fulfil their duties.
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.