Public sphere

Plaque commemorating Marfin Bank victims to be unveiled Saturday

A plaque commemorating the victims of a firebomb attack on a bank in central Athens during anti-austerity riots in May 2010 will be unveiled on Saturday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday.

In a message on Twitter, Mitsotakis invited Greek party leaders to attend the event as a gesture of solidarity against violence and division.

The hour of reckoning

It is with justified relief that we welcome the hour of reckoning for an extremist element that has tested Greece's institutional reflexes. Still, we must not draw the wrong political conclusions. The beliefs that stoked the attack squads will not disappear overnight because of a court verdict.

Return to meritocracy

There is a glaring contradiction in the way the country's political forces treat public administration: On the one hand, they denounce the appointment of inactive party officials to positions in the public administration. On the other, they seek to "criminalize" any remuneration to officials in the broader public sector deemed to be above average.

Government aims to fast-forward reforms; talks with creditors to be tough

First, the good news: The government is on a mission to brief our eurozone partners, the other European Union members and our creditors on its plans to boost growth and its intentions to fast-forward long-stagnant reforms by cutting back on excessive spending and pushing privatizations, and then, and only then, present its demands.

Opposition parties leave parliamentary session in protest

Lawmakers of the main opposition SYRIZA, center-left Movement for Change, the Communist Party and anti-austerity MeRA25 left from an ongoing parliamentary debate on a omnibus bill in Parliament on Thursday, protesting over the submission of two last-minute provisions from Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis.