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Editorial Ta Nea: Disaster restoration
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Editorial Ta Nea: Disaster restoration

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Crises
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Editorial Ta Nea: Crises

It is necessary for civil protection funding to be increased and invested in the most efficient manner. Building a contemporary state will be an important legacy. for the

Editorial To Vima: Delicate balances
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Editorial To Vima: Delicate balances

The government must act very quickly to bolster the health system as aside from SARS-CoV-2 the winter will bring other healthcare challenges as well.

European Council President Michel, Mitsotakis agree on firm stance toward Turkey
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European Council President Michel, Mitsotakis agree on firm stance toward Turkey

'We have the issue of security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean which is not the affair of Greece and Cyprus alone but an EU issue,' Michel said

Editorial Ta Nea: The message
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Editorial Ta Nea: The message

The PM pledged to take all necessary measures to protect workers and employees who are most threatened by the impact of the uncertainty and the huge economic tempest triggered by the pandemic.

Mitsotakis lays out policy planning on economy, relations with Turkey, pandemic management
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Mitsotakis lays out policy planning on economy, relations with Turkey, pandemic management

'This is the biggest economic crisis since 1929, but Greece, compared to other European countries, is performing not as bad as it was initially estimated,' the PM declared.

Editorial To Vima: Europe is not just France
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Editorial To Vima: Europe is not just France

Only France is stepping forward to staunchly and with clear judgment support Greece’s just positions. Other EU countries, however, are not doing their part as their interests have led them to adopt a neutral stance.

Led by France,  Euro-Mediterranean MED7 Conference slams Turkey, supports Greece, Cyprus
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Led by France, Euro-Mediterranean MED7 Conference slams Turkey, supports Greece, Cyprus

In addition MED7 leaders urged Greece and Turkey to dialogue. The seven leaders led by Emmanuel Macron are not prepared to accept Turkish hegemony in the Mediterranean.

Editorial Ta Nea: Tears
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Editorial Ta Nea: Tears

At times indifferent, at other times weak, and at other times hiding behind the refusal of local societies to bear their portion of the burden, the competent officials had buried their heads in the sand with the hope that the problem would gradually disappear.

Editorial To Vima: A front against irrationality
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Editorial To Vima: A front against irrationality

Let us not forget that democracy is the best form of government with one precondition – that citizens be educated and properly informed.

Mitsotakis, ministers, top officials review measures for after 1 July international tourism launch
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Mitsotakis, ministers, top officials review measures for after 1 July international tourism launch

Regarding non-EU countries, Greece will follow the list drawn by the EU, while until July 15 no direct flights will be allowed from the UK and Sweden. Passengers arriving in Greece will have had to fill out a special form providing basic information 48 hours before their arrival day and time.

PM meets with National Research Council, no commitments for a research funding push
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PM meets with National Research Council, no commitments for a research funding push

The president of the Council, Manolis Derrmitzakis has called for major funding for research in a spate of interviews in which he also criticises the one-sided governmental emphasis on start-ups.

Greece seeks to use momentum from EEZ accord with Italy to strike deals with Egypt, Albania
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Greece seeks to use momentum from EEZ accord with Italy to strike deals with Egypt, Albania

Greek diplomats had long privately conceded that it is Ankara that has long worked to block any EEZ deal between Greece and its neighbours.

Editorial Ta Nea: Expectations
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Editorial Ta Nea: Expectations

No one would quarrel with the upgrading of Greece state schools, as long as successive governments do not use it to serve partisan objectives.

Mitsotakis announces stimulus package, opens international flights 1 July without Covid-19 test
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Mitsotakis announces stimulus package, opens international flights 1 July without Covid-19 test

The PM boasted that the  Greek people through perseverance in weathering the crisis and religiously following public health guidelines in the lockdown turned Greece into a model country.

Editorial Ta Nea: Trust
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Editorial Ta Nea: Trust

Certain political forces must understand at long last the role of the Central Bank, the degree of independence from political power that it enjoys, and to whom it must offer an accounting.

Mitsotakis seeks New Deal with labour to push pandemic recovery plan
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Mitsotakis seeks New Deal with labour to push pandemic recovery plan

'Physical presence is necessary at the great majority of jobs, let's be honest, and this means introducing new protocols under new circumstances, adapted to specific workplaces,' the PM said.

Editorial To Vima: Time to rally together
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Editorial To Vima: Time to rally together

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.

Church of Greece: The coal, the archbishop, the PM and the pandemic
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Church of Greece: The coal, the archbishop, the PM and the pandemic

The late archbishop Seraphim famously quipped at the time that the Church of Greece is like a piece of coal. If you touch it when lit you are burned and if you touch it when cold you are soiled.

Editorial Ta Nea: Recipes
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Editorial Ta Nea: Recipes

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.

SYRIZA, KINAL demand labour minister’s resignation over botched vocational voucher programme
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SYRIZA, KINAL demand labour minister’s resignation over botched vocational voucher programme

Aside from ordering that the voucher programme be scrapped the PM ordered  a general investigation of the operation of vocational training centres.

Top marks for Greek coronavirus management from TIME magazine
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Top marks for Greek coronavirus management from TIME magazine

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.

Editorial To Vima: The Tsiodras committee model for the economy
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Editorial To Vima: The Tsiodras committee model for the economy

The government’s economic team and the PM must broaden their circle of interlocutors and marshal forces which are not necessarily political but have experience in effectively dealing with complex situations in times of crisis.

On coronavirus lockdown government uses stick in April, carrot in May
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On coronavirus lockdown government uses stick in April, carrot in May

Infectious Diseases Professor Sotiris Tsiodras urged citizens to obey a strict ban on travel from cities to provinces as such travel will expose unaffected populations to the virus.

PM urges continued lockdown discipline, braces nation for major recession
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PM urges continued lockdown discipline, braces nation for major recession

Mitsotakis said that from the very start the government took measures to support incomes and allocated over 14 billion euros to support workers and businesses, and is also accessing another 10 billion euros in liquidity and European funding.

Editorial To Vima:Rising to the occasion
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Editorial To Vima:Rising to the occasion

The level of debate in Parliament yesterday was a far cry from what one used to see in the tumultuous years of Greece’s bailout memorandum and prior to that.

Crisis brings government, Syriza closer as Tsipras backs lockdown, seeks mass  hiring of tenured doctors
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Crisis brings government, Syriza closer as Tsipras backs lockdown, seeks mass hiring of tenured doctors

“We are not at the beginning of the end. We are perhaps at the end of the beginning,” the PM said in underlining the need for a continuation of the lockdown.

Government buys time with stimulus package as Berlin denies lifeblood of coronabond
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Government buys time with stimulus package as Berlin denies lifeblood of coronabond

Berlin proposes that those hardest hit repair to the ESM for loans that would break the back of the highly indebted countries.

In symbolic gesture ND ministers, MPs to donate half of salary to Coronavirus fight
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In symbolic gesture ND ministers, MPs to donate half of salary to Coronavirus fight

 'As the government was first to mobilise, with bold measures against the pandemic, so our country's political classes must stand on the front lines of solidarity,'said PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis,

Editorial Ta Nea: Priorities
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Editorial Ta Nea: Priorities

It would be disastrous to leave the economy to its own devices as many governments in Europe realise though there are glaring and unfortunate exceptions, which have made the situation even more difficult.

Editorial To Vima: ‘Power reveals the mettle of a man’
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Editorial To Vima: ‘Power reveals the mettle of a man’

In managing the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic he positively impressed everyone with his clear judgment, the directness of his choices, and his swift reaction.

PM stresses existential battle against coronavirus, economic trials on Greek Independence Day
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PM stresses existential battle against coronavirus, economic trials on Greek Independence Day

"We have had and will have losses, and our economy will suffer. But it is our duty to reduce the pain to the least possible and to share the cost of adapting to the new economic reality in a just way," he said.

Greece in quarantine: Mitsotakis declares nationwide lockdown as of 6am tomorrow
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Greece in quarantine: Mitsotakis declares nationwide lockdown as of 6am tomorrow

This is perhaps the ultimate step that an organised democratic state can take and it must be done in a timely manner in order for it not to be taken in vain because right now time is not counted in days but rather in hours.

PM announces 10bn euro spending package, EU funding
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PM announces 10bn euro spending package, EU funding

A series of measures announced by the government are designed to prevent the collapse of the economy and a steep rise in unemployment.

Greece shuts borders for non-EU nationals, PM speaks of ‘war economy’ and nightmarish aftermath
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Greece shuts borders for non-EU nationals, PM speaks of ‘war economy’ and nightmarish aftermath

In his second nationally televised address on the government’s strategy in dealing with Covid-19 today Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis braced Greeks for a multi-front “war”

Editorial To Vima: A time for responsibility
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Editorial To Vima: A time for responsibility

The common conviction is that it must be confronted with strong and impassable walls that only communities of citizens can construct by protecting themselves and faithfully enforcing public health restrictions.

Greek cities becoming ghost towns as government launches COVID-19 ‘stay home’ campaign
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Greek cities becoming ghost towns as government launches COVID-19 ‘stay home’ campaign

The stance of the government and infectious diseases (ID) experts is to urge and force Greeks nationwide to hunker down at home until the coronavirus tsunami recedes.

Mitsotakis courts investors in Berlin, holds talks on migration crisis, Turkey with Merkel
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Mitsotakis courts investors in Berlin, holds talks on migration crisis, Turkey with Merkel

'In the last 10 days we have shown that we can defend our national and European sovereignty. Greece and Europe cannot be blackmailed by anyone,' the PM told the German-Hellenic Economic Forum.

Greece blasts Turkey’s flooding of borders with migrants, seeks EU emergency action
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Greece blasts Turkey’s flooding of borders with migrants, seeks EU emergency action

The Greek government announced emergency measures to counter an “asymmetrical threat” from Turkey which it accused of directing in a coordinated manner the passage of many thousands of migrants to the land and sea borders of Greece.

Government seeks truce with Northern Aegean islanders, uproar over riot police violence
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Government seeks truce with Northern Aegean islanders, uproar over riot police violence

Nineteen lawyers from Mytilini, the capital of Lesvos, have filed a lawsuit against “all bearing criminal responsibility” detailing acts of violence and egregious violation of police regulations during their operations on the island.

Editorial To Vima: The new wealth of Greece
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Editorial To Vima: The new wealth of Greece

The country’s candidacy and accession to the European Economic Community was an inspired and bold move, yet Greece failed to properly incorporate the principles and rules of the environment offered

EIB, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank launch 560mn euro agriculture investment project
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EIB, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank launch 560mn euro agriculture investment project

Over the last five years, the EIB has provided over EUR 4 billion for investment across Greece in cooperation with leading Greek Banks.

Record low Greek bond yield spurs talk of investment grade, ECB bond buyback, economic recovery
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Record low Greek bond yield spurs talk of investment grade, ECB bond buyback, economic recovery

Bloomberg notes that the ratings of Greek bonds by the agencies and the possible upgrading of Greek bonds to investment level may be enough to turn around the economy and open the door for participation in the ECB programme.

Opposition suggests Oruc Reis incident linked to Turkish demands not to approach Imia
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Opposition suggests Oruc Reis incident linked to Turkish demands not to approach Imia

The Turkish research vessel on 31 January entered an area above the Greek continental shelf causing heightened concern in Athens, as it entered and exited areas under Greek sovereignty for many hours.

Editorial To Vima: The prime minister’s error
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Editorial To Vima: The prime minister’s error

The impasse in Greek football is the result of the government’s choices and whoever cannot see that is simply turning a blind eye.

Editorial To Vima: Triple message of support from Paris
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Editorial To Vima: Triple message of support from Paris

The French president’s remarks at a joint press conference with PM Mitsotakis are to date the clearest and most emphatic message of support of Greece’s sovereign rights.

Greece, France firm up defence, energy coperation amidst Turkish threats
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Greece, France firm up defence, energy coperation amidst Turkish threats

Though strong international players such as the US and the EU have criticised the MOU it is clear that only France has begun to offer palpable backing at sea in the Mediterranean.

US keeps equal distances from Greece, Turkey on Mediterranean, Aegean disputes
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US keeps equal distances from Greece, Turkey on Mediterranean, Aegean disputes

In a tweet on the 27 conversation Trump’s spokesman John Deere said, 'President Trump also highlighted the importance of Turkey and Greece resolving their disagreements in the eastern Mediterranean.'

Editorial To Vima: It takes a job of work for the sun to turn
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Editorial To Vima: It takes a job of work for the sun to turn

The government’s social, economic growth, and foreign policy must be demonstrable and cohesive so as to persuade and motivate all of the country’s political forces.

Mitsotakis upbeat on foreign investment prospects, denounces Turkish provocations
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Mitsotakis upbeat on foreign investment prospects, denounces Turkish provocations

Regarding Greek-Turkish relations the PM slammed Ankara for its bellicose posture stressing that Turkey signed an MOU with Libya which is legally null and void on EEZ delimitation.

Editorial To Vima: Just three minutes sufficed
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Editorial To Vima: Just three minutes sufficed

President-elect Sakellaropoulou spoke of a 'society that by relying on its democratic tradition heals the wounds of the past, confronts current challenges, and looks to the future with optimism'.

Editorial Ta Nea: A victory for democracy
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Editorial Ta Nea: A victory for democracy

Greece's president-elect is independent, ecologically sensitive, dedicated, and has demonstrated her respect for the rule of law.

Editorial Ta Nea: Audacity
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Editorial Ta Nea: Audacity

Erdogan went as far as to maintain that Turkish-occupied Cyprus (recognised only by Turkey as a state) will split any gas and oil Ankara finds in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus with the Greek-Cypriots.

Editorial To Vima: In search of lost time
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Editorial To Vima: In search of lost time

Greece must not be dragged along by the sensationalist moves that are a staple of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whether he is motivated by expansionism, megalomania or domestic issues..

Editorial To Vima: A step toward progress
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Editorial To Vima: A step toward progress

Politicians during the crisis were unable to do the self-evident – to have everyone table their proposals for the economy to transcend the impasse and find a path of recovery.

Haftar in Athens, Greece to veto EU approval of Libya peace deal if MOU with Turkey not canceled
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Haftar in Athens, Greece to veto EU approval of Libya peace deal if MOU with Turkey not canceled

The head of the National Libyan Army has expressed his intense displeasure over Greece’s exclusion from the Berlin Conference.

Editorial Ta Nea: Consensus
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Editorial Ta Nea: Consensus

Political parties have a duty to weigh all the parameters before responding to the nomination of the majority and to rise to the occasion.

Editorial To Vima: The strong symbolism of the Sakellaropoulou nomination
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Editorial To Vima: The strong symbolism of the Sakellaropoulou nomination

Mr. Mitsotakis has taken an innovative approach and has defused past tensions linked to the election of the president by making a decision that signifies political progress in the country.

Mitsotakis taps Sakellaropoulou to serve as first woman President of the Republic
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Mitsotakis taps Sakellaropoulou to serve as first woman President of the Republic

In his address, Mitsotakis said, "The decision I had to make was by no means easy, as the person fulfilling the role has to incorporate the nation's unity, have a sense of duty, knowledge, prestige and international experience.”

Pence, Pompeo eye Greek-American supporters in election year, praise Mitsotakis’ policies
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Pence, Pompeo eye Greek-American supporters in election year, praise Mitsotakis’ policies

In a rare diplomatic move Vice-President President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted a reception for the Greek prime minister which naturally was attended by Greek-American leaders and wealthy potential donors.

Trump gives thumbs up on Greek economy, silent on Turkish threats at talks with Mitsotakis
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Trump gives thumbs up on Greek economy, silent on Turkish threats at talks with Mitsotakis

For Greece a presidential statement regarding Turkish violations of international law in the Southeast Mediterranean and the Aegean would have been welcome but there was no joint press conference after the talks.

Mitsotakis to meet Trump amidst Turkish provocations in Mediterranean, Aegean, Libya
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Mitsotakis to meet Trump amidst Turkish provocations in Mediterranean, Aegean, Libya

The two leaders are expected to surely discuss the volatile situation created by Turkey in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, where US energy giant ExxonMobil has acquired drilling rights in Cyprus' EEZ.

Mitsotakis sees Hague as last resort with Turkey, stresses US-Greece ties
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Mitsotakis sees Hague as last resort with Turkey, stresses US-Greece ties

'We must state clearly that if we cannot agree on the sole dispute that Greece recognises – delimitation of the continental shelf of the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean –  that should be adjudicated by the International Court of Justice,' the PM said.

Editorial Ta Nea: A violent decade`
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Editorial Ta Nea: A violent decade`

It was truly a violent decade. The responsibility lies largely with the left-wing right-wing hybrid government that ruled the country for four-and-a-half years.

A star in the family: Tom Hanks, family receive honourary Greek citizenship
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A star in the family: Tom Hanks, family receive honourary Greek citizenship

the star has long had a very personal relationship with the country as his wife actress Rita Wilson is of Greek descent on her mother’s side.

EastMed pipeline factor in Greek-Turkish ties, efforts to stem Ankara’s regional influence
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EastMed pipeline factor in Greek-Turkish ties, efforts to stem Ankara’s regional influence

The aim is to block Ankara’s attempt to create de facto situations – by delimiting EEZs in an illegal manner - that threaten the interests of regional countries and international players.

Editorial To Vima: The political change of 2019, prospects for 2020
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Editorial To Vima: The political change of 2019, prospects for 2020

The atmosphere and climate in the economy and society improved and the political change proved positive as it created a new dynamic.

Editorial Ta Nea: Channels
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Editorial Ta Nea: Channels

The leader of Turkey loses no opportunity to display his aggressiveness. Yesterday he spoke about grey zones in the Aegean (Greek islands whose sovereignty Ankara disputes) and accused Greece and its allies of trying to block Turkey’s access to the sea. He announced that he will bolster Ankara’s military support for the government of Libya. Athens responds to this intransigence with the Agreement of the Four in which it is joined by Israel, Egypt, and Cyprus for the construction of the EastMed pipeline. Greece is also taking initiatives in the Middle East such as the foreign minister’s trip to Libya and Egypt yesterday. Along with these moves the government must not forget that Turkey will remain our neighbour. Hence, channels of communication must remain open not in order to make bilateral agreements on issues (mainly of sovereignty) that divide the countries and which Athens has always considered non-negotiable, but rather to make it possible for Greece and Turkey to eventually go to the International Court of Justice to resolve issues that the two sides have agreed to in advance. There are many obstacles in such a course. The Greek political class fears the political cost that reviving this issue will have. The Turkish political class, which theoretically does not rule out such an eventuality in fact places so many preconditions that make such a solution prohibitive. That does not mean that diplomacy must resign itself to the current situation and problems. A military clash would be disastrous for both countries. Greece is also taking initiatives in the Middle East such as the foreign minister’s trip to Libya and Egypt yesterday.

Editorial To Vima: Liberalism now the hegemonic political force in Greece
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Editorial To Vima: Liberalism now the hegemonic political force in Greece

The PM’s speech in Parliament yesterday during debate on the 2020 budget absolutely confirmed the new liberal spirit that is tending to prevail throughout the country.

Mitsotakis announces tax cuts, aims to lower primary surplus
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Mitsotakis announces tax cuts, aims to lower primary surplus

The PM also announced a partnership between three public hospitals with the private sector “'in line with the Swedish model'.

Editorial To Vima: The Sirens of populism
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Editorial To Vima: The Sirens of populism

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Mediterranean
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Editorial Ta Nea: Mediterranean

Yet when one goes from theory to the reality on the ground, one cannot but wonder how that aim can be achieved when Turkey is attempting to to create in a totally arbitrary manner a corridor in the Mediterranean.

SYRIZA lashes out after Erdogan accuses party of harbouring terrorists, questions PM’s response
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SYRIZA lashes out after Erdogan accuses party of harbouring terrorists, questions PM’s response

'SYRIZA has become their [terrorists'] refuge. Consequently, we expect you to take a stand. Your support will strengthen our support for you.,' Erdogan said he told Mitsotakis.