Public sphere

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.

EU is More Relevant Now Than Ever in Balkans

In 2010, I took on the task of coming up with a strategy for the development of civil society and its role in the Western Balkans. After an inclusive process involving civil society, activists, think tanks, journalists, (not the NGO mafia and the usual suspects - the post conflict mushrooms, as I call them), I crafted a strategy.

Admission of failure

The government has suddenly sprung into action, rushing to close the Afandou sale, clear the way for the Elliniko development and sell 30 percent of Athens International Airport.

PPP tender for ultrafast broadband

The Digital Policy Ministry announced a tender for the implementation of a project for ultrafast broadband infrastructure on Wednesday. The development of the UFBB network will be implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP) and its budget amounts to 700 million euros, plus value-added tax.

Plan to save PPC by selling a stake in its distribution network

The government and troubled Public Power Corporation are working on a plan for the privatization of the distribution network.

That is the most important asset of PPC after the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE), as it has guaranteed and regulated revenues that will definitely attract investors and is expected to be sold quickly, unlike the coal-fired plants.