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Naxos all the way

Naxοs is  the greenest island in the Kyκlаdеn and also the largest Cycladic island. Due to itsr size and diverse lаndscape, there is something for everyone to discover – delightful mountain villages, beautiful sandy beaches,  restaurants and Cаfés and historical sights. The island is located in the centre of the Cyclades archipelago. Above it is Mykonos and below it is the famous Santorini. Thus, many ferry and cruise ships pass by the island. This is probably why Naxos has become more and more famous and popular in recent years.

The Cyclades island is well suited for beach holidaymakers, history buffs, active holidaymakers, hikers and especially wind and kite surfers. For the island is a bathing paradise with kilometre-long sandy beaches and, among other things, strong winds. Hikers can make their way through the mountains to the highest peak called Zas (1001 metres high). The flat landscape, on the other hand, shows a mixture of olive groves and vineyards. In between, ancient remains, ancient monasteries and chapels can be discovered. So there really is something for everyone.

On the subject of debt relief, Athens sees an acute danger that corresponding negotiations with the institutions, which were bindingly promised for the first half of 2018, will be delayed or cancelled altogether by the new Berlin government “ad calendas graecas”.(1) The reason for this fear is the FDP and its leader Lindner, who repeatedly rehashed the topic of a “Grexit for a limited period” during the election campaign. In the run-up to the elections, a Syriza MEP had already predicted that FDP participation in government “could lead to us missing Schäuble once again”.(2)

On the issue of Turkey, the Tsipras government fears a strain on Greek-Turkish relations if tensions between the EU and Ankara escalate further. In the event of such a development, the pressure on Greece on the refugee issue could also “increase many times over”. Athens therefore wants to avoid at all costs that “the nervousness on the other side of the Aegean”, which is additionally fuelled by the escalation of the “Kurdish question”, is also articulated against Greece.

The treatment of the Greek problem case by the EU and the so-called Troika can rightly be criticised from a left perspective. However, this does not apply to the criticism of the current Athens government, which comes from the left-illusionist corner and accuses the Syriza leadership of shameful “capitulation” or even wields the moral club of “betrayal”. The objections that some “left” critics – in this country as in Greece – formulate against the policies of their former Syriza comrades are often accurate. But as soon as they try to present their own exit scenario from the Troika memoranda, their central weakness immediately becomes apparent: despite their “internationalist” professions, they fail to analyse the international environment in which Greece and the Tsipras government operate. And although they identify the global financial markets as the root of all ills, they manage to largely ignore their importance and influence on their own “Plan B”, i.e. the return to the drachma….


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