‘Secret’ History of the Greek Crisis

 

The past may be prologue, but it is first necessary to know what that past is, a growing problem in a modern age when so much is miswritten, misunderstood or forgotten. This dilemma of “secret” history is now a factor in the Greek debt crisis, says ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk.

By William R. Polk*

After all the press reports on Greece in recent weeks, can there be any secrets? Yes, there are. Indeed, I suggest that, even though the press indicates that the Greeks have given in to most of the demands of their creditors, the underlying (or secret) realities are likely to resurface in the detailed negotiations to follow in the coming days and weeks. (περισσότερα…)

“Wir shaffen das” said the terrorist

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By Tassos Symeonides
Academic Advisor  
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Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt-Sun Tzu, The Art of War     

… there is such a distance between how one lives and how one ought to live, that anyone who abandons what is done for what ought to be done achieves his downfall rather than his preservation.-Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Recent events: (περισσότερα…)

7 dirty words in the EU migration debate

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How to know when it’s ‘illegal’ to talk about ‘refoulement.’ By LAURENSCERULUS

The battle over the EU’s migration policy has been a war of words as well as policies and politics. Even after months of summitry and scaremongering, a lot of people are confused about what the words actually mean.

Are people being relocated or resettled? What’s the difference between a political hotspot and a migration hotspot? What exactly is refoulement and how can one push back against it? (περισσότερα…)

Crisis? What migration crisis?

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The EU’s troubles have, time and again, led Brussels to stretch its already weak democratic legitimacy.

The most over-used word in the European Union’s idiosyncratic lexicon is “crisis.” When Europe’s national leaders convene in Brussels on Monday for a summit meeting with Turkey, they will be discussing not simply migration, but “the migration crisis.” (περισσότερα…)

Economist : An actual Grexit

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WHEN Panagiotis Korfoksyliotis set up a business in Athens in 2011, ferrying tourists around by car, he hoped to do his bit to help Greece emerge from its deep recession. He says he paid his staff a decent wage and declared all his earnings. Unfortunately, the taxman did not repay the kindness. Sharp increases in business taxes have prompted Mr Korfoksyliotis to pack his bags and move his company and his life to Bulgaria. Now he employs drivers to take foreign visitors around that country’s tourist spots instead. (περισσότερα…)

Battle Over the Aegean: The Undeclared Greco-Turkish Air War

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*http://sputniknews.com/ 

**MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 15:21 18.02.2016(updated 16:12 18.02.2016) 

On February 15, six Turkish fighter jets and a Navy transport plane violated Greek airspace over island territories in the eastern Aegean Sea nearly two dozen times. Commenting on the latest violation, Russian military analyst Alexei Kupriyanov decided to take a look back at the recent history of the decades-long conflict between Athens and Ankara.

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‘They know how it’s done’: Turkey violated Greek airspace 2,244 times in 2014 alone

ILE PHOTO: A Greek Air Force officer operates the radar of a Patriot air defence missiles at Tatoi air base, north of Athens © Yiorgos Karahalis / Reuters
A Greek Air Force officer operates the radar of a Patriot air defence missiles at Tatoi air base, north of Athens July 27, 2004. Dozens of new Pac 3 (Patriot Advanced Capability) missiles were armed and in position at three locations around Attica basin providing an air defence umbrella over the Greek capital as part of a massive security plan to safeguard the upcoming Athens 2004 Olympic Games. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis 
Turkish claims that the downed Russian Su-24 jet “violated” its airspace have sparked outrage among Greeks, who took to social media to say it is a clear-cut case of double standards as Turkish jets breached Greek airspace 2,244 times in 2014 alone.

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Ρε, τι μου θυμίζει;

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Ιάκωβος Πέτρου
Μερικές φορές, δε χρειάζεται να έχεις ζήσει πράγματα και να έχεις από πρώτο χέρι βιώματα μιας περιόδου, για να τριβελίζει το μυαλό σου, παραλλαγμένη, εκείνη η κινηματογραφική ατάκα «ρε, σαν ποιον μου θυμίζει»;

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Η παταγώδης αποτυχία της Ευρωπαϊκής μεταναστευτικής πολιτικής

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Άρθρο του Δρ. Ευάγγελου Στεργιούλη*

Στην οικονομική δυσπραγία που μαστίζει την Ελλάδα και ολόκληρη την ελληνική κοινωνία τον τελευταίο καιρό, ήρθε να προστεθεί, σε καθημερινή πλέον βάση, και το δράμα χιλιάδων ανθρώπων που αναζητούν μια καλύτερη ζωή γι’ αυτούς και για τα παιδιά τους, μακριά από πολέμους, πείνα, δυστυχία και θανάτους. (περισσότερα…)