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Konstantaras, Nikos

greek journalist, newspaper Kathimerini

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Kathimerini - Greece | 28/12/2014

Dwindling solidarity in Europe

Greece won't be able to count on full support from abroad in the coming year if its crisis gets any worse, the conservative daily Kathimerini believes: "In 2010 and 2012 the US and China played a key role in Greece's bailout because they forced Germany and other partners to support our country and keep it in the Eurozone. Today such pressure is lacking. ... In addition, the mood in the states of Europe regarding countries that ask for help is not as positive as it once was. The latest European elections showed that problems related to globalisation - like immigration and economic insecurity - are forcing a growing number of voters into the arms of nationalist parties. That, in turn, is undermining the project of a united Europe and the principle of solidarity."

Kathimerini - Greece | 06/06/2010

Nikos Konstantaras on the Greeks' "great loneliness"

More and more Greeks are losing their jobs owing to the economic crisis. Salaries are being drastically cut in both the public and private sectors. The Greeks feel more alone than ever, writes Nikos Konstantaras in the Sunday edition of the daily Kathimerini: "The crisis has rocked our lives and is redefining the way we see ourselves and our position in society. We have an identity crisis - on both an individual and social level. Employees live in fear of losing their jobs or having their salaries cut and no longer being able to pay the rent or the mortgage. … Meanwhile the entrepreneurs, the self-employed and the employers live with their own fears, uncertain about whether the economy will recover. … Insecurity about the future is everywhere, as well as mutual distrust among the citizens. We're more internationally isolated than ever. … We are being mocked because of our economic deadlock. We can't find support anywhere but can only support each other. But this loneliness doesn't unite us, it alienates us. We remain the victims of weak institutions, of a lack of personal discipline and of the lawlessness that brought us to these depths."

Kathimerini - Greece | 26/01/2010

Striking Greeks lack sense of community

Greek farmers are continuing their road blockade into the second week to add pressure to their demands for financial support from the government. The conservative daily I Kathimerini has no time for this sort of protest: "This country gives the impression of not having the necessary cohesion to solve its problems, as if it had already lost the fight. Everywhere you look it's the same thing. First it was the dockworkers in Pireaus, today it's the farmers, tomorrow it'll be the tax collectors and so on. But how can it be that every demand from every group starts with mobilisation, barricades and strikes? ... Why are we willing to lunge at each other's throats at the drop of a hat? Perhaps this strange tolerance for extremes is a consequence of the many years of anti-social behaviour on all of our part - whether individuals or groups, citizens or civil servants."

Kathimerini - Greece | 12/01/2010

Hopeless revolt

The immigrants' revolt will only deepen their marginalisation, writes the daily Kathimerini commenting on the riots in Italy: "Without leaders, without support and without a clear direction a rebellion is lost and the rebels are double losers. But the outbreak lacks a goal. It is the cry of those who have nothing to lose or win. They are joined together in a howl of desperation, not in the search for a new world. Their odyssey was a quest for the Promised Land and they have been humiliated. When they receive the message that they have no hope their reactions shake the society in which they live and then either the conditions for a deeper rift are created or sensible measures to improve their prospects are taken. The societies in question have the choice, and they will also bear the consequences."   

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