The coronavirus crisis exposed the shortages in medical equipment that plague Greece's National Health System (ESY).
The country cannot afford the risk of becoming embroiled in a security crisis before the alert is raised over the shortages that years of austerity policy have bequeathed to our national defense.
There has been no shortage of warning signs.
The citizens of Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece and Spain suffered biggest financial loss amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The nationals of Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and Austria suffered least damages, a survey of the European Parliament shows. 58% of the surveyed said they experienced financial difficulties during he pandemic.
Greece's message to Turkey that channels of communication must remain open but that Athens is also prepared to defend its national interests was the theme that pervaded Wednesday's meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the ministers of foreign affairs and defense, Nikos Dendias and Nikos Panagiotopoulos, according to a government source.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday spoke of the great importance of the European Union plan to prop up the bloc's coronavirus-hit economies which coincides with the signing of the agreement by which Greece joined the European Economic Community (EEC), the precursor to the European Union.