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Seven-year crisis matures Greeks politically

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

Since April Greece has been going through the eighth year of an economic crisis that forced most of its citizens to learn to “live with less” and brought havoc into the traditional political spectrum. It pushed mainstream parties to near extinction and gave the mandate to a previously little-known leftist group who now governs with a small rightist, nationalist party, having a slim majority in the parliament.

Comment(s) 7/31/2017

Earthquake Diplomacy: Another casualty last week?

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

It was in the middle of a summer night too, it caught people in bed. The date was August 17 and the time was 3:02 a.m.

Comment(s) 7/24/2017

Merging Anaxagoras with Yunus Emre

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

At a time when political tension is absorbing so much of our energy, it is fascinating that we still have the power to be affected or shocked by a piece of art

Comment(s) 7/10/2017

Greece’s transatlantic expectations

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

It has always been useful to check the Greek-American print media as an alternative insight into U.S. and Greek relations. Some with a publishing life more than a century old, have enough professional aptitude, giving us useful information to complete the puzzle.

Comment(s) 7/3/2017

Centuries-old Hagia Sophia must defy arguments

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

The latest announcement landed in my inbox on Saturday evening. “The Board of the Association of the Constantinopolitans utterly condemns the provocative action by the Turkish authorities to allow the calling of prayers and the reading of the Quran inside the Hagia Sophia, in the presence of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet).

Comment(s) 6/26/2017

Turkish PM’s visit to Athens may signal easing of tension

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan likes to hit out at Europe over its “mistaken” attitude toward Turkey.

Comment(s) 6/19/2017

Is May ‘a dead woman walking?’

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

“I would like to say how very pleased I am with the result and how very pleased I am to have had the overwhelming support of my colleagues in the House [of Commons] and the people from the party in the country,” she said, standing outside her official residence at Number 10 Downing Street, but refusing to answer any questions from the crowd of journalists and photographers.

Comment(s) 6/12/2017

Will terror halt May’s slide?

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

It still feels like yesterday, although it was in the autumn of 1981

Comment(s) 6/5/2017

Do the Europeans want to squeeze out Tsipras?

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

For Greece, last week was a bad week. First, the government could not secure an agreement on a relief of its huge debt in a meeting with finance ministers of the Eurozone and the IMF on May 22.

Comment(s) 5/29/2017

Hagia Sophia becoming a bone of contention once again

ARIANA FERENTINOU writes:

It is the middle of May, almost two weeks before the end of the month, and high on the agenda came, once again, the issue of the Hagia Sophia.

Comment(s) 5/15/2017

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