Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greeks head to the polls on Sunday and have a number of issues to mull over when casting their votes for the fifth time since 2010, and the first since Greece has exited the bailout.Below are three issues that will determine the result.AUSTERITYCrisis-crippled Greeks that backed the Coalition of the Left SYRIZA party in 2015 were swayed by promises that the party would scrap bailout agreements and ask for a debt write-off after the Greek economy had shrunk by 28 per cent and unemployment had shot up.A referendum followed where Greeks gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras the mandate to reject the terms of the bailout before he scrapped the result of the referendum by making a U-turn on promises and bringing the harshest reforms yet. The imposition of the capital controls were just the next nail on the coffin.Rather than celebrate Greece’s exit from the bailout, Greek voters are disappointed that the party that rose to power on a strong anti-establishment platform implemented draconian austerity measures and broke its promises. Despite exiting the crisis, the country has suffered many losses including a huge brain drain, a huge slash to the GDP and high unemployment rates.READ MORE: Greek Elections 2019: ND-SYRIZA parties, policies and people put to the crash testREFUGEESDespite a dramatic fall in refugees arriving in Greece since the 2015 agreement between the EU and Turkey to stem the flow, there are still huge numbers showing up. Greek islands such as Lesbos and Samos are overflowing with arrivals that numbered 50,000 people last year. According to the agreement, Greece can send refugees whose asylum claims have been rejected back to Turkey.Conservative Opposition New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has visited camps on the most affected islands and has pledged to ensure that the EU agreement with Turkey is adhered to.READ MORE: Watch the Greek political ad campaigns for the 2019 electionsNAME ISSUESYRIZA”s popular suffered a blow, especially in northern parts of the country, as a result of the Prespes Agreement that ended the three-decade name dispute between Greece and its northern neighbour. The agreement of the name North Macedonia from the formal name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia left many Greeks unhappy because of the confusion caused by its proximity to the Greek region of Macedonia and the neighbouring country’s push to use Macedonian symbols from antiquity.According to opinion polls, there are more than two-third of Greeks unhappy with the name row.In another controversial move that is viewed as an effort to appease Greeks in the north, the Greek government approved a large sum of money for three football clubs via state broadcaster ERT in the form of TV rights. The money was approved by the management of state broadcaster ERT for champions PAOK (€ 10.5 million), AEK (€ 10.5 million) and OFI (€ 2.5 million). The move is viewed by many as a questionable one as it comes just before the elections and targets PAOK, a Thessaloniki team.READ MORE: PanMacedonian Associations of Australia will continue efforts to annul Prespes AgreementOn his part, Mr Mitsotakis has a personal stake in this story. His father, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, lost his job as prime minister in 1993 because of the name row. He has stated opposition to the agreement, but would still implement it.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of PRONIA’s endless support to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) individuals and families a new, highly interactive workshop with case studies and activities has been launched, with an aim to address the impact of discrimination and homophobia particularly in CALD communities and the affect on the mental health of the LGBTIQA individuals and their families.PRONIA now offers LGBTIQA Sensitive Practice training to organisations who who work with and would like to draw upon the experiences of racism and discrimination.ALSO READ: Pronia is on a mission to support newly arrived young GreeksThis helps enable participants to explore issues relating to sexual orientation, culture and beliefs that often can be challenging to address in certain CALD groups. Through the session participants will develop strategies to support the LGBTIQA clients and their families.The workshop will explore best-practice models in effectively engaging CALD communities to inform, educate and promote acceptance in order to tackle discrimination and homophobia and minimise the harm and impact on people and their relationships.ALSO READ: Pollies at Pronia see problems of newly-arrived Greeks – the challenges continueThe CALD LGBTIQA Sensitive Practice Training has been developed in collaboration with queerspace/Drummond Street services and focuses on the research and evidence-based outcomes of Pronia’s two-year LGBTIQA projects – ‘Starting the Conversation’ & ‘Skepsi’. (2017-2018)The 1.5hr session explores identity and culture in a collectivist and individualist setting and helps participants understand the Equal Opportunity Law 2010 and the Aged Care Act 1997 in regards to equality, equity and justice in order to provide Sensitive Practice and consider intersectionality of complex issues impacting on clients.*To find out more about the session, including cost, locations, availability etc and to book for your organization please contact Adonis Maglis at Pronia on 93889998 or [email protected]
A group of small-sized sculptures depicting twin gods Artemis and Apollo will be presented by the Chania Ephorate of Antiquities on Wednesday, 24 July.The presentation, at Crete’s Archaeological Museum, is considered important due to the artistic quality of the finds dated back to the second half of the 1st to the beginning of the 2nd century AD. They were discovered in the framework of systematic excavations carried under the direction of archaeologist Vanna Niniou-Kindeli at a Roman home of the ancient Aptera. Funded by the Region of Crete, the finds will be exhibited for the first time at Chania Archaeological Museum’s permanent collection and will be part of the museum’s permanent collection.READ MORE: Sanctuary of Artemis unearthed in EviaAccording to the announcement: “Artemis, the protector goddess of Aptera, has been made of copper, while her twin brother Apollo, is made of marble. The goddess stands on an elaborate box-shaped copper base and is depicted in intense stride, wearing a short, slender chiton and she is ready to shoot. Although Apollo is depicted in a more modest way, his attitude conveys internal tension.”The statues are believed to have been imported to the Roman luxury home they adorned from artistic centres outside Crete. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram