Western culture

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. 

FM Gerapetritis: Greece active in international debate on human rights’ protection

Greece's candidacies as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (2025-26) and as member of the Human Rights Council (2028-2030) will focus on close collaboration with all countries and UN mechanisms to safeguard human rights, Foreign Minister George Gerapatritis said during his address at the 55th UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Wednesday.

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. 

2024: The super-election year

A few weeks ago, in its annual preview of the new year about to start, The Economist highlighted how important 2024 will be for democracy worldwide. The British magazine was one of the first voices to cast attention on the fact that in the next 12 months more than 70 countries will head to the polls.