Democracy, particularly our modern liberal one, has absolute need for a strong and independent press. This seems obvious to most educated or politically conscious Westerners but its a reality which too many tend to forget. Yet, in our liberal societies, press organisations, media in general, have become before all corporations. It has always been like this, to an extent, but a phenomenon had made this particularly acute. In the old times (let's say before the two World Wars), newspapers were the only independent press available. Radio and later television were always public entities controlled by the governments. Even then, press independence was relative: newspapers had shareholders and owners who expected them to make some money. Add a comment
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The Greek crisis is moving toward a climax. The issue is actually quite simple. The Greek government owes a great deal of money to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund. It has accumulated this debt over time, but it has become increasingly difficult for Greece to meet its payments. If Greece doesn't meet these payments, the IMF and European institutions have said they will not extend any more loans to Greece. Greece must make a calculation. If it pays the loans on time and receives additional funding, will it be better off than not paying the loans and being cut off from more?

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Greece steadily remains the most corrupt country among EU, together with Italy, Romania and Bulgaria despite taking strides towards tackling endemic corruption, according to the corruption perception index for 2014 published by Transparency International.

The same report, published on Wednesday December 3rd shows that Denmark is the least graft-prone country with Finland and Sweden also scoring well, coming in directly below Denmark.

According to Transparency International, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide, and paints an alarming picture for Greece. Not one single country gets a perfect score and more than two-thirds score below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

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Whether you are a tourist, visiting for the first time, or a professional on a trip to some business partner in Greece, your first contact with Greek roads was probably one of shock. This is most certainly true if you come from the USA, Canada or from a Western or Northern Europe country. Let's be honest, while Greece is not Egypt or Vietnam, for a European country road traffic is pretty anarchistic and can be frightening for the non initiate. There are reasons for this and we'll see that these can be taken as both a good example for the state of the country and a metaphor on its citizens approach to the rule of law. 
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