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Pantelakis, Giannis

Protagon, Greece

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4 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far. - Greece | 02/10/2014

Vote of confidence won't help Samaras

The Greek government led by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras plans to seek a vote of confidence next Monday. The move is a reaction to the demands of the opposition for new elections. An absurd and hopeless undertaking, the web portal Protagon complains: "Sometimes you just can't change things no matter what you do. The next elections, whenever they take place, will be won by the left-wing Syriza alliance. ... The government's decision to seek a vote of confidence is a sign of its predicament and defeatism. The government is trying to convey an image of unity but this isn't doing any good. The trends have already consolidated in the opinion polls, and since no major changes to the basic conditions are to be expected, these trends will continue." - Greece | 25/07/2014

Poverty can be fatal in Greece

A seriously ill 56-year-old woman died in Chania on Crete on Wednesday after the state-run electricity company DEI switched off her power supply because she hadn't paid her bills. The bed-ridden woman was dependent on electric medical equipment. Web portal Protagon denounces the helpless situation of destitute Greeks: "The risk of dying or becoming seriously ill is unfortunately very high. People with disabilities are mostly ignored by the media when they constantly point to the incredible difficulties they face in everyday life: the long wait for disabled passes, disability reports that are only valid for a short period, after which they must be renewed, social benefits cuts, etc. All this means that a human life can easily be lost. And when the case in question isn't as shocking as that in Chania, we never even hear about it because many people's deaths go completely uncommented." - Greece | 16/05/2013

Greeks allow racists to run rampant

Within just a few days of each other a 14-year-old Afghan and then a 20-year-old Syrian have been attacked and seriously injured by unidentified individuals on the streets of Athens. The web portal Protagon warns against a trend of people looking away when it comes to racist attacks: "Bodies are falling to the ground in the centre of the city. Stabbed, injured and beaten. It happens right next to us. In underground stations, in broad daylight on busy streets, or evenings on the squares of impoverished neighbourhoods. ... These incidents have not only become more frequent, they have multiplied. At the same time our indifference has increased. In most cases of attacks against immigrants there were eye-witnesses. ... But few dare to say anything or intervene. Most prefer to look away. But not always because of indifference or tacit approval. It is fear that keeps them silent. The fear that the same fate as that of the persecuted immigrants awaits us if we try to say anything against the attacks."

Eleftherotypia - Greece | 14/09/2011

Athens wants to deflate bloated bureaucracy

As a result of the profound financial crisis and the fears that the country will go bankrupt a major taboo is to be broken in Greece: the two major parties Pasok and Nea Demokratia have agree on the dismissal of around 20,000 civil servants. It's ironic that those who took turns to create such a monstrous state apparatus while in power are now trying to scale it down, writes the left-liberal daily Eleftherotypia: "This is one of the few issues on which both of the most powerful parties were completely in agreement. .... So with devastating cynicism the culprits are banishing thousands of civil servants to the ranks of the unemployed. The whole affair has certain parallels with the fundamental problem of the bankrupt Greek economy. The very people who got the country into this tragic situation in the first place are now supposed to manage the problem. How much trust can we place in them?"

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