Classical Greece

Hostility and violence

The specter of political violence has returned to Europe. It is not a development that can be considered completely unexpected. The way the public sphere is fed, the toxicity of political discourse and its new channels of diffusion have created a combustible environment in most European democracies. 

Local elections an essential milestone in Türkiye’s journey towards democracy

Fair, transparent, and regular elections are the most fundamental components of modern democracies. In democratic systems, it is fundamental that the authority and power of those in power be derived from the electorate or the governed. These powers are renewed through regular elections.

Only 21% of Bulgarians View Elections as Free and Fair

A recent global survey conducted by the "Gallup International" association sheds light on dwindling confidence in democratic governance across various nations, including Bulgaria. The findings reveal a stark reality where only 13% of Bulgarians perceive their country's governance as aligned with the will of the people, while 61% disagree and 22% remain undecided.

It’s up to US voters now

Citizens are democracy's first and last line of defense. Institutions are shaped to anticipate problems and prevent deadlock, to regulate the state's functions, to protect the weak and check the powerful. In the end, though, it is citizens who determine the country's course, based on their interests - or, rather, on what they perceive their interests to be at that time.

The power of dialogue

The discussions held last week at the conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the restoration of Greek democracy organized, among others, by Kathimerini, showed that the country's political system can also articulate a reflective discourse that goes beyond the narrow limits of party confrontations. 

Unimplemented court rulings

It should classify as one of the teething problems of democracy. However, it remains a stark reality that blatantly contradicts the principles of the rule of law: Judicial rulings, issued by the Council of State, Greece's highest administrative court, often go unimplemented due to political expediency or to serve vested interests.