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I don't see a topic devoted to this election, which takes place today... actually the first polling places are just opening now.
So, what do you think of the result--which if polls are correct--a new government (or a winning party) will emerge soon after voting ends later tonight.
As an ex-pat, I can't vote tomorrow since I'm not traveling to Greece and to the edge (near Galatsi and Perisso) of the city of Athens to cast a ballot. I confess that it wouldn't be an easy vote. I've been reading Nikos Dimou [or if you prefer, link in English] since I was a teenager, many decades ago. I also had the pleasure to exchange many thoughts, over a long time, with him and a bunch of other interesting people over a decade ago.
Anyway, this is what he wrote in the last few days about the elections:
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.
Looks like the Turkish Navy entered the Andros sea area illegally and used the area as a firing range.
Nothing like booking a holiday in greece to see muslim military vessels firing guns right in front of your beach. :la:
Anyone who buys a holiday home anywhere in the Aegean needs balls of steel.. no wonder everyone buys in Spain and France.
Albanian demarche raises concerns about possible territorial claims over Greece
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias speaks during an interview with the media in New York, on April 24.A strong-worded demarche delivered by Albania to Greek authorities over energy exploration indicates that Tirana is asserting territorial claims along the land border dividing the two Balkan neighbors, Kathimerini understands.
Last week?s demarche, which called on Athens to revise its plans for hydrocarbon exploration in the Ionian Sea on the grounds it would encroach on Albanian territorial waters, also requested Greek officials to make available land surveys of Epirus in northwestern Greece.
Speaking to Kathimerini, diplomatic sources interpreted the move as a clear bid to question existing borders between the two nations. On a political level, the demarche is seen as a high-risk initiative for Albania and bilateral relations.
The same sources said that these moves are inspired by the nationalist ideal of so-called Greater Albania ? all parts of the Balkans where ethnic Albanians live ? that is popular among the country?s politicians.
According to maps made public in 2011 by then-Energy Minister Yiannis Maniatis, surveys were to be conducted in a large area north of the town of Ioannina. There had been no official reaction from Tirana officials at the time.
Analysts suspect that Albanian protests are being fuelled by Turkey. Concerns that Ankara is working against Greek interests in the area were strengthened last week after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Tirana with officials from the nationalist Party for Justice, Integration and Unity (PDIU). Diplomats told Kathimerini that the meeting was most likely aimed at rekindling an issue regarding the repatriation of Cham Albanians expelled from Epirus at the end of World War II following claims they had collaborated with the Nazis. Greece considers the matter closed.
In light of these developments, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has not confirmed whether he will attend the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Tirana on Friday.
ekathimerini.com , Tuesday May 19, 2015 (09:57)
I think one of the foundations of a modern, enlightened, and successful society is the educational system. Unfortunately, this is one of the many institutions that has been in crisis. Even the various governments don't know what to make of it other than proceed with big reforms only to be undone by the next government.
What are your thoughts?
I will write more, but I'm sure you have lots to say about this topic, so fire on....
Greece appears to be improving relations with Russia. What are your guys thoughts on this?
I think this has its positives, but it also could have negative implications. Personally its anyone but the Germans at the moment. Perhaps Greece's fear of pissing off USA/NATO could stop this from developing.
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.
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