It's been a week since the US general election, and a new page in American politics has started. Let's put the other thread to rest, because it escalated into personal attacks, so let's respectfully discuss the new president's tenure and related matters here.
Let's remind ourselves that the point of this forum is to welcome a diversity of people and ideas, and to have a good time, even when we disagree with others; and, it'll be fun, because we'll be having a civilized discussion, right?...
So, president-elect Trump.... We'll be watching but who can say what he'll actually do? How do you judge his first moves and statements?
Online government portal Diavgeia turned out to be one of the most important reforms carried out in Greece over the last few years. A decision by today?s leftist-led coalition government to dismantle the transparency initiative program was based on absolutely unfounded excuses and represents a major setback. The government portal allowed citizens to have access to decisions regarding state recruitments and procurements, the expenditure of public organizations and other interesting information.
In the absence of Diavgeia, what is more than certain is that the corrupt and the wasteful will once more be able to hide behind a veil of nontransparency. The removal of the transparency portal was no doubt an incomprehensible decision on the part of the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks administration.
Was interesting, Tsipras was completely pro the Turkish deal. He did not have one red line.
The Cypriots forced the EU to not open 5 vital EU Chapters on Turkey. The EU agreed and those Chapters remain closed. Tsipras could have asked for Turkey to recognise Greek borders that are constantly violated - sea and air and could have asked Turkey to recognise the Greek status of the islands of the dodeconese. Tsipras could have said Turkey has to scrap Turkey's causi belli against Greece if Greece moved is sea borders to 12 miles. Instead, Tsipras demanded nothing, except Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia (the V4 right wing group) agree to the EU - Turkish deal. Previous Greek PMs also stated Turks would not be allowed to settle on Greek Islands to alter the demographics if the was ever free movenent visa liberalisation for Turks. Tsipras demanded nothing. And Kammenos? The big right wing Greek who cares about security? He said and did nothing.
The British parliamentary election is only a week away now and it looks like it will certainly be a hung parliament. Hard to predict what will happen, but we could end up with some sort of rainbow coalition of miss matched parties. What is your guys thoughts on this?
The was an interview today, publish by Der Speigel magazine online. within the interview, Juncker, a senior European politician has made the extraordinary claim that resentment of Germany by the Mediterranean countries has "chilling" parallels with complacency in 1913 that led to the First World War.
Do you think Europe is headed the wrong way, or will things turn around? Why is Juncker throwing his election support behind Angela Merkel's re-election campaign?