They tell me under this island is Europe's richest deposits of oil and gas, the Chinese Prime Minister visited this month, and the government here are getting paid to allow the Syrian Chemical weapons arsenal to be poured into the sea just off the North Western coast... Exactly why is this Doctor serving me coffee earning a little over 400 euro per month (£320 approx.) in the process? She can't answer that one either.
Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.
Whilst these nutrient-rich dishes are great for your physical health they play a massive role in your mental wellbeing too. In Crete family meals are not just for Christmas and you'd be hard pressed to find a local who doesn't hold them up as an important occasion to share in love, life and olive oil.
The Ukrainian crisis has generated a lot of talk around principle, respect for the rule of law, elimination of corruption, the establishment of working democracies, giving voice to the people, and all manner of other fine sounding catch-phrases. It's all bunkum. The Ukraine is all about the balance of self-interest.
Bailout countries have been on the Troika's leash now for nearly four years, but just how effective have its measures been. The Troika - composed of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - is tasked with getting economies back into shape by proscribing a diet of strict austerity and plenty of strenuous reform measures, but its methodology has been questioned since the start.
The EU cannot really afford to slow down even though it is about to go into a parliamentarian transition, next May. The reasons for national governments to make the necessary reforms to help SMEs grow will become one of Europe's most expected actions. Not doing enough does not only prevent the EU from becoming more competitive; it is a recipe for more problems down the road...