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Ethnos - Greece | 31/07/2009

Greek foreign policy not in keeping with the times

Turkish fighter aircraft have repeatedly penetrated Greece's airspace in the past few days. Marilena Koppa, MEP for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok), takes these incidents as an opportunity to criticise the Greek government's foreign policy: "Starting with the cronyism [Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis was the chief witness at the wedding of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's daughter] the government has now reached the point where it embarassedly observes Turkey's mobility in the Aegean region and remains silent vis-à-vis Turkey's clear intention of changing the status quo in the region. … The government has failed to make the legacy of Helsinki [the final act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1975] work in its favour. On the contrary: by scorning important passages such as the option of appealing to The Hague it has demonstrated that it has failed to perceive [international] changes."

Ethnos - Greece | 07/05/2009

Marilena Koppa on the comeback of the state

Marilena Koppa, MEP for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), writes that the comeback of the state has become a necessity: "Today we can no longer talk about economies that are in a transition process because the European social welfare state has developed those structures that were seen as 'old-fashioned' to its own advantage. In fact what remains of the public goods - education, health, insurance - are not the 'burdens of development' but a guarantee for the lifestyle of a Europe that is suffering from a crisis in demand. So the crisis is more about a demand that can't be based on loans, but on income. It's about the income of a market that - as far as employment is concerned - is so unregulated that it can't offer the average worker a better future and thus can't create the conditions that would end the crisis. … So along comes the state and starts buying like a major consumer in order to boost demand. … The comeback of the state first of all means the end of tax havens. The comeback of the state [also] means that every capital trust must be forced into a corner, just as they were in the 1950s. But unlike in the 1950s this does not mean the end of globalisation but rather political control of capital flow."

Ethnos - Greece | 22/05/2008

New tourism

Member of the European Parliament Marilena Koppa is critical of current trends in the country's tourism industry: "The continuous decline in revenues in the tourism industry, which accounts for around 18 percent of the country's economic performance, reflects the fact that in this sector ... there is no quality control of services or infrastructure, no respect for the environment, and above all not a hint of long-term ... planning. ... A vibrant touristic identity must offer quality and alternative solutions. Only in this way can we attract new kinds of tourists and make the Greek touristic product competitive on the international market."

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