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Theodoropoulos, Takis

TA NEA, Greece

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Ta Nea - Greece | 31/03/2011

Greece humiliates its elderly

It is primarily the aged who suffer under the austerity policies of the Greek government, writes the left-liberal daily Ta Nea. The elderly and the retired can only afford to purchase the overpriced medications they need on credit nowadays and must stand in long queues to buy them, the paper writes: "In times of austerity measures everyone tries to save their own neck. ... But pensioners have nowhere to hide, nowhere they can avoid the noose of the ruins of our welfare state. They have no offices to occupy, no strength to erect blockades. And they lack arguments to justify their utility. ... Above all this situation humiliates those who have no power to defend themselves from such humiliation. They serve as scapegoats. They are the ones who must take the blame, and they are constantly reminded that they are a burden. But a society that humiliates its grandmothers and grandfathers has lost all sense of shame."

Ta Nea - Greece | 04/11/2007

The new Acropolis Museum and the Modernisation of Athens

The management of the new Acropolis Museum, due to open in Athens by the end of 2008, has requested the destruction of an Art Deco building in the centre of Athens along with a building belonging to the Greek composer Vangelis, claiming these buildings are blocking the view. The writer Takis Theodoropoulos is outraged. "Modernity refuses to be tarnished by obstacles. These two buildings spoil the view from the new museum's restaurant. A part of our contemporary history should thus, according to the Ministry of Culture, be effaced, to make room for the design of Bernard Tschumi [the museum's architect] and please Japanese tourists. And to think that this museum was conceived to better value Antiquity! Since nothing is beyond modernity, why not shift the Parthenon a few metres..."

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