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Greece on social justice, 28th among 28,
eptember 2014

 the Neet Greek generation out of control

It is the generation Lost , in the Modern European Societies, for the young people who are not in employment, nor in education, nor in training.“In Greece, the Neet rate nearly doubled between 2008 and 2013″, notes the Report of the German Bertelsmann Foundation, for Social Justice in Europe, which measured that 31.6% of people in Greece between the ages of 20 and 24 are so-called Neets, meaning they are neither in employment or participating in training or further-education programmes. ”

The reported that that while Greece, along with Spain and Italy, has a comparably high GDP per capita, it performed “far worse” in the social justice index rankings, which measures performance in poverty prevention, access to education, access to the labour market, social cohesion, non-discrimination, health and intergenerational equity.

The resulting diminution of prospects for broad swathes of society represents a significant danger to the country’s political and social stability, is the same reports’ conclusions

More, on moodhackerblog

What's the band on Aegean?

According to the Real News Sunday Newspaper special article, on Sunday, September 14, all over the Aegean waters and on the Aegean islands, Greek programs of the local FM Radios can rarely be found on the FM band and be heard, due to Turkish- language programs that overshadow the local private owned Radio frequencies, by their obviously more powerful signal, which results to “audit” a major part of the Greek Aegean waters and islands, up to the Sounio area at Attiki Region. The reason why,… is so simple!

Turkish businessmen bought the left- in- their-luck Radio-frequencies of the National Broadcast Radio and Television organization, that were nationally broadcasting as Regional Programs over Aegean for years, and they simply ise it!. The MP Vassilis Kapernaros asked officially the Parliament for that impressive “side-effect” of the National Broadcast  closure by the govenrment last year, as to be replaced..... Find more on moodhackerblog, follow the enet article

What has gone
 wrong with Democracy...

 Any ideas
 from Greece?

“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.”ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, “DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

By this lead and this photo, Economist is picturing Greece on its special Essay

"What's gone wrong with Democracy?", on the latest edition of February 27

"During the darkest days of the euro crisis the euro-elite forced Italy and Greece to replace democratically elected leaders with technocrats" says the article

"  Nor is the EU a paragon of democracy. The decision to introduce the euro in 1999 was taken largely by technocrats; only two countries, Denmark and Sweden, held referendums on the matter (both said no). Efforts to win popular approval for the Lisbon Treaty, which consolidated power in Brussels, were abandoned when people started voting the wrong way. During the darkest days of the euro crisis the euro-elite forced Italy and Greece to replace democratically elected leaders with technocrats. The European Parliament, an unsuccessful attempt to fix Europe’s democratic deficit, is both ignored and despised. The EU has become a breeding ground for populist parties, such as Geert Wilders’s Party for Freedom in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France, which claim to defend ordinary people against an arrogant and incompetent elite. Greece’s Golden Dawn is testing how far democracies can tolerate Nazi-style parties. A project designed to tame the beast of European populism is instead poking it back into life. .."

"The key to a healthier democracy, in short, is a narrower state—an idea that dates back to the American revolution..". .“The great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself” ,had said Madison. The United Nations Charter (1945) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) established rights and norms that countries could not breach, even if majorities wanted to do so...". More, by Economist,  Democracy Essay 

What is East and what is West?

Greeks fear Nr.1 the lack of Justice , by the National School of Public Health survey National According to the Kapa Research survey, a staggering 

  • 91.7 percent of Greeks fear the absence of justice. This is followed by 84.4 percent who are concerned about joblessness, 
  • 83.6 percent who are worried about poverty, 82.6 percent who fear crime and 
  • 81.4 percent who fret about illness.

The implications of the crisis for Greeks’ health and access to healthcare have been previously highlighted but the concerns about the absence of justice have not been emphasised to such an extent by previous surveys. It indicates that Greeks feel there a number of injustices have been committed during the country’s fiscal adjustment, while others that existed before the crisis have not yet been addressed.

The survey was carried out for Greece’s National School of Public Health and underlined the damaging effect the crisis is having on people’s well-being. 

  • Six in 10 respondents said the country’s economic problems had negatively affected their health. 
  • 56.9 percent, said their mental health had suffered
  • and  52.6 percent said their relationships were troubled.

The poll also highlighted the deteriorating access to medical help and medicines as 

  • 55.7 percent of respondents said they find it difficult to cover the cost of their drugs 
  • and 28.4 percent said they are forced to take smaller doses of their medicines to make ends meet. 
  • Six in 10 of those questioned said they self-diagnose medical problems after consulting the Internet and 35.2 said they rely on TV programs to appraise their illnesses.

Above all, though, the National School of Public Health Credible survey is a reminder of the urgent need for Greece to overhaul its institutions, providing greater transparency, accountability and efficiency. It is an area that has received little attention over the last three years as the focus has fallen on getting public finances back on track.

by moodhacker, Greek to me !, December 2013

Greece slunked! ( look at the map above, by the World press
freedom index 2014

...The Council of Europe was barely a year old in 1950 when it affirmed the “freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”

In the 63 years since then, while freedom of information is occasionally abused in some European Union countries, it is repeatedly and blatantly flouted in others. This is the case in Greece, which has plunged more than 50 places in the press freedom index in the space of just five years. This is a dizzying fall for the world’s oldest democracy... More

You need freedom of Press to fight corruption 

Transparency International, 2013

Oh, really? 

Anybody listening?

By Denmark being the cleanest country in the world and Spain the worst in corruption, 

Anti-corruption organisation Transparency International's (TI) annual survey showed in late 2013 Greece to have made  improvement against corruption, even though  , Greece remains the most-corrupt country in Europe, according to the TI barometer of surveys from major international sources such as the World Bank and the Economist Intelligence unit. 

" Feedom of the media was a major factor preventing corruption in northern European states. The press in Italy, Greece and Spain does not have the freedom enjoyed by those in northern European".,  said TI Western Europe co-ordinator Valentina Rigamonti.  

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