It doesn't much matter whether Mr. Tsipras does or does not believe in any God. The guy is an a**hole any which way you look at it.
An Orthodox priest standing with the policemen while Greek Catholic priests are standing with the opposition...
It seems Ukraine will be the next country that will split up based on religious differences.
The vehement attack and irresponsible name-calling by this German minister shows that the voices of eurosceptics is finally getting through!
Also encouraging is the "gentleman's" worries that eurosceptics "could prove dangerous to the EU"!
Pressure must be kept up on the EU to reform or be dissolved as it clearly cannot continue in its present course. It must work for the benefit of all Europeans not just the very few who have, so far, been sponging off the rest of us. It must be an association of equals.
It must allow freedom of diversity, not enforced conformity.
And, if it seeks to emulate the US, it should do so in matters of security and welfare, not just migration.
mr tsipras is a idiot by not attending in the ceremony, it is Greece as the Europian presindency, by not doing so he is downgrading Greece and himself..bud greeks will be greeks,and fu*k each other and the country.enjoy the pain ..
It's about time common sense and the well-being of the players was taken into account instead of the wishes of the fat cats!
I remember all too well WC 1994 when Italy were forced to cross an entire continent and play at 12:00 noon, in the southern California summer heat, to satisfy the big-shot broadcasters.
My suspicion - and I hope I'm totally wrong - is that perhaps he was let go as part of a deal?
E.g. "limit your future targets to certain people who are threatening us in the polls and we'll let you slide".
Many in Greece aren't even "officially working" so they miss on benefits, entitlements, etc.
Those that are working and are being accounted for
are entitled to pension according to how many years they've "clocked" on the employment roster, so to speak.
Greece doesn't have much employment opportunities for people so rather than develop more/new industries, technologies, etc to provide more work for people, they reduce their working life so that the younger generations can replace those retiring. Paying pensions - which are a type of superfunds that were invested during the time of employment - may be considered cheaper than paying unemployment benefits, so they may have a preference for the former.
I'm not, simply speculating.
The emphasis on tourism does not suit everyone, nor their skills.
There's little incentive to create new opportunities, because perhaps the politicians have been bribed to secure the market for certain brands, as is all likelihood the case with Heineken (beer) to the detriment of local brands - flik and vergina - based on articles I have read.
As I said previously, perhaps Greece should focus on developing solar technology to harvest energy from their plentiful sunshine so that the average person is not required to burn firewood to keep warm. Perhaps solar energy harvesting may allow Greece to supply more employment opportunities for their youth or at least help them reduce their need to import energy from overseas.
Just a thought.
My suspicion is that it has nothing to do with Dendias. It could be time for Greece to re-evaluate those that have been put in place to uphold the law (justices, etc.)
There is definitely something wrong with Greece's justice system (or is it those that sit in high places) and it won't be easy to gut it out.
How can they grant a 17 November member - who was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences - any kind of leave, when the Greek state can't even guard those within the prison walls?
It seems terrorists no longer require helicopters, airplanes or UFOs to escape: they just march out the door that's held open to them by Dendias and the rest of this useless government.
Does this freakin' country have anything that works right? Six consecutive life sentences and he's out on 'prison leave' every 2nd week? Is this a prison or a country club that they keep him in?
I don't know what to feel about Greece anymore. Should I be laughing or crying?
Who pays for this retirement? In Canada, a fairly well-off country, our government just raised the retirement age to 67. It didn't do it to deprive anyone from their due, only to make it possible to continue paying *everyone* their due.
And, if a minor official can claim 13 million, what does that say for the "major" officials? How much have they* stashed away?
So, if this minor official - whom I never heard of - admits that €13 million of money left over from 10 years ago is bribery money, my questions are:
* How much money did he actually accept ten years ago?
* What kind of interest would that money accumulate over ten years?
* How much did the major figures accept?
* Will any of them ever confess or are we to remain happy with this one small fish who admitted his crime?
Another attack by Islamists against innocent civilians...
Well, other extremists attacked Volgograd/Stalingrad some 70 years ago and came to bitterly regret it. I hope these extremists also get their come-uppings soon.
Great ideas that you have Agatha4.
Its a shame that politicians can not see what is obvious, and in some cases easy solutions to problems.
There is a systematic breakdown of everything that can not only bring Greece out of its darkness, but also make it a leader in some products. Olive oil is one industry.
Another ΟΧΙ (No) here please!
Why on earth would you wash down and blend one of the best olive oils around.
If Greece is the 3rd largest producer of olive oil, then where is the problem?
This is another sacfricial goat in the making, in order to boost other EU countires that also produce oil. Leading to Greek oil manufacturing falling on its knees and then being bought for a song by overseas interests.
Other countries are already buying Greek olive oil and rebranding it as their own.
Which means that there must be a shortage out there.
Its all part of a sinister plan. This is another strategy against Greece.
This is akin to the EU telling the Germans to produce cheap BMWs so that they can be competitive and affordable. It wont happen. Quality costs money.
Next they'll be telling Greece to produce inferior cheap feta cheese.
The Greek government (that needs a big shake-up) has to start waving a fist in the air, and start working and thinking for Greek products, and its people.
And, its people have to start thinking as one.
So what if they can retire early. Good on them if they can!
And does that not open job opportunities for the younger folk waiting for a job?
The Australian government is now talking about retirement at 70!
I know what I prefer if I can retire early.
Let people retire when they can and when they want to.
So, Yiannis Stournaras thinks that "reducing the price (of heating oil) is not the solution (to the smog problem)"???
Then kindly tell us what is the solution???
Maybe the Finance Minister should get together with Dendias and arrest every single Greek who burns wood!
They can charge them all with "forming a criminal organisation" to pollute the country!
What an utterly useless government!
I'm just wondering why the entire world does not pack up and move to Greece with such an early retirement average?Hell in most other places you have to work until your dead.
So university graduates, who presumably are working in an office environment, do not have the stamina - at 56! - to go on attending meetings or tackling a computer?
Something is very wrong here!
I agree. Degrade the quality and you injure your reputation
as produces of quality olive oil.
Those who want degraded oil can already buy it sold as "Light Olive Oil", etc.
Unless of course the OECD has invested in competitors oil productions and want to secure their place in the market...?
I think, similar to the French attitude towards their quality wines and reputation, as Germans have towards their reputation towards technology, Greece should stick to producing high quality extra virgin olive oil, thus protecting their reputation.
Besides, the consumers could taint their own olive oil at home by mixing with other vegetable oils, etc.
I was told that Italy buys olive oil from Greece and re-brands it.
Perhaps they should promote it as the best quality oil helping one gain the health benefits of mediterranean diet as they have in the past?
Leave olive oil untainted and perhaps focus on developing new sources of energy, like solar energy, to power up their cities - they do have a lot of sunshine. Why import energy?
Any excess energy could be pumped up to the other Eastern Euro nations, thus providing some income for the nation using the "powers of Helios". Just an idea.
I always make a point of buying Greek olive oil in my local supermarket as it is pure and cold pressed and of guaranteed quality.
Corrupt it with inferior oils and, for sure, you will lose this customer!
Just what is the OECD "thinking"???
I just hope he is allowed to remain in Greece in peace without the political establishment continually blaming him for the mess they themselves have created.
It seems the ND-PASOK government is picking at straws here.
They used trumped-up charges to seize control of even the most private photos, conversations and personal items of Golden Dawn's members and now are using them in an electioneering-like campaign to discredit G.D.
I predict that ultimately a Greek court will throw out the general charges against G.D. as well as any "evidence" obtained via the trumped-up charges but that the general electioneering-like campaign will reduce G.D.'s polling power - which was the government's goal to start with.
Junior executes his girlfriend - along with her entire musical group - and now executes his uncle!
It is clear this man is far worse than even his predecessors were. He is unpredictable, killing those closest to him on a whim.
Am I the only one worried that such a person is head of such an overly-militarised state?