Following the publication of the first series of opinion polls ahead of the September 20 elections, it appears that the contest is building up to be much more closely contested than seemed the case just a few weeks ago.
A new annual report from the Labour Institute (INE) of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) highlights the devastating impact that the recession and austerity measures have had on the local labour market over recent years.
The significant fall in labour costs since the onset of the crisis has not led to a corresponding fall in prices and a boost in employment and competitiveness, defying conventional theories of internal devaluation, according to Greece’s private sector trade union.
Greeks, along with the Portuguese, are the only peoples in the European Union who do not mention immigration as one of the three most important issues facing the bloc, according to the results of a biannual survey from the European Commission.
Where in Greece are there proportionately more women than men? Which areas have the youngest populations? Which parts of the country have the most third-level graduates? Where are non-Greek populations concentrated?
With his announcement that his Kinima (Movement) party will not contest the forthcoming elections “for financial reasons”, George Papandreou seems to be drawing a close on his family’s almost century-long involvement in Greek politics.
The morning after July’s referendum win was a bittersweet moment for Alexis Tsipras. It dawned on him that he had an overwhelming mandate not to accept new, onerous bailout terms but, at the same time, that he could not risk Greece’s position in the euro. Fulfilling both desires would require a gold medal-winning balancing act on the political high beam.