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Commenting article: Greek Ambassador Danai-Magdalini Koumanakou: Greece-Bulgaria Relations Are Becoming Model for Balkan Countries

Interview with the Ambassador of Greece to Bulgaria, Mrs. Danai-Magdalini Koumanakou for the "Greek Survey" ("International Survey: Bulgaria-Greece”) of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

Her Excellency Danai-Magdalini Koumanakou was born in Athens. She has a Master’s in sociology from the Paris VIII University, and a Master’s in political science from the Panteion University.

She has worked for the Greek Foreign Ministry since 1979, and has been assigned to Greek diplomatic missions in Nicosia, Berne, Geneva, Paris, Ankara, the UN General Assembly.

She has been Greece's Ambassador to Bulgaria since 2006.

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#1
NellieotAmerica - 5 Apr 2010 // 16:42:29

"Greece-Bulgaria Relations Are Becoming Model for Balkan Countries"

Perish the thought!

Greece has shown beyond the shadow of a doubt that it is a messy, mismanaged country and the socialist government is fiscally irresponsible. Any country that has to go to the IMF for help is showing that it is incapable of managing itself. Greece refuses to bite the bullet and clean uop its mess. Greece has not yet bitten the proverbial bullet. It is running out of options fast. People are taking their euros out of Greek banks. This causes a run on Greek banks and it takes capital out of Greece. Not a good thing. Greece has NOTHING to offer Bulgaria, so Bulgaria should distance itself from Greece.

#2
kostis - 5 Apr 2010 // 17:56:54

Nellie,

there are Greeks and Bulgarians doing business together since the 1990s both in Bulgaria and Greece. One of the major share in the Bulgarian banking sector comes from Greek banks, there are venture capital firms, food industries, mineral industries and so on and so forth. Bulgarians developed their own customers in Greece in the areas of logistics, retailing, food and industrial products. I am not sure on the respective volume of business but I think can be signiicant.
In addition, Greece is geographically important for Bulgaria, just recently new access from Greek Rhodope to the Bulgarian Rhodope which will help tourism and trade in these particularly mountainous and generally poor regions of both countries.
Finally you seem to feel pleasure with the prospect of Greece defaulting on its debt. Can you explain why?

#3
NellieotAmerica - 5 Apr 2010 // 21:28:34

kostis

"Finally you seem to feel pleasure with the prospect of Greece defaulting on its debt. Can you explain why?"

Maybe I am selling short Greek government debt? Maybe I will get rich doing it? You never know. Remember the guy who was selling short mortgage-backed securities in the US? He is a multy-billionaire now.

The trouble Greece is having is the result of their socialist government. Socialism brought Greece to the mismanaged mess and financial crisis it is in today. I am happy to say that socialism is EVIL! I will be happy to see the Greek government collapse, the Greek financial and banking system be taken over by the IMF, and everyone to take their money out of Greek banks and place it in German banks where it will be safe.

#4
Honterus - 5 Apr 2010 // 21:47:28

Nellie,

Just wondering - do you never have doubts , dilemmas , trilemmas and so on ? Is life only a balck/white ( no pun intended) story for you with no shades of grey ?

Religion appeared as a psychological necessity of people ( be they ignorant if you want ) and it brings much comfort for many people around the World. Religion leaded to some of the worst atrocities and to the greatest artistic achievments that we know.

#5
NellieotAmerica - 5 Apr 2010 // 22:09:17

Honterus

"Religion leaded to some of the worst atrocities and to the greatest artistic achievments that we know."

Let me address human creativity first. Nothing to do with religion. It just so happens the religious establishment was in a position to pay artists to create for the glory of religion. Rich patrons other than religious institutions paid and got art that was not religious.

Now as for the atrocities--the single most violent religion responsible for more atrocities than any other is Islam. Islam is EVIL! Sharia is EVIL! Jihad is EVIL! This is my strongly held belief and I have no doubts whatsoever about it, NONE!

#6
NellieotAmerica - 5 Apr 2010 // 22:20:55

Honterus

"Religion appeared as a psychological necessity of people ( be they ignorant if you want ) and it brings much comfort for many people around the World."

I am not advocating the prohibition of religious rituals, only the evil Muslim ones that encourage violence. Anyone who wants to waste his time and his money on religious ritual because it makes him feel good should do it. What is revolting is the way self-righteous people use religion to make themselves appear holier than you or me, while engaging in revolting and immoral behavior. Pedophilia among the Catholics comes to mind. There are many self-righteous Americans who think they are better than others because they go to church, never mind that they are ignorant, stupid, and lack basic culture. Bill comes to mind. lol

#7
NellieotAmerica - 5 Apr 2010 // 22:31:35

Honterus

" Is life only a balck/white ( no pun intended) story for you with no shades of grey ?"

No, quite the opposite. It is all shades of gray, there is very little pure black or white. In the greater scheme of things, nothing is important. Humans and the earth are less than nothing when it comes to the universe. The stars we see are millions of light years away. What we see is actually something that happened millions of years ago, because it took the light this long to reach us. We are not seeing the cosmos in real time, what we see happened millions of years ago. What will it matter in a few million years what we said and what we did today? Whether Bill pondered scripture or he merely read it? Delusions of grandeur.

#8
Honterus - 5 Apr 2010 // 22:33:45

Nellie:

"Pedophilia among the Catholics comes to mind..."

The pedophila cases among Catholic CLERICS is a serious issue and has to be addressed by the Catholic Church. However Catholics are not more proned to pedophilia than people of other faith.

#9
NellieotAmerica - 5 Apr 2010 // 22:43:00

Honterus

Yes, I meant the Catholic priesthood. Not for nothing is Pedophilia called the Catholic disease. And it really is a form of mental illness.

What about the deranged Muslims who stone live women to death? Don't get me started.......It is surprising that WW is not more anti-Islamist than she actually is. If she was truly concerned with the condition of women, she would be hating on Islam first and foremost. But it appears she is only interested in her own condition and her own situation, not the femal3e condition in general.

What about the screw ball Mormons with their dozens of wives? Plural marriage, my arse! The US government made short work of this immoral travesty. Now if they could only debunk the rest of the Mormon cult, it would be great.

#10
WickedWitch - 5 Apr 2010 // 23:09:47

Nellie,

I am anti-extremists of any religion.

#11
NellieotAmerica - 5 Apr 2010 // 23:17:23

WW

I was wondering when/if you would post an opinion about Sharia law that condones the stoning of live women. Glad to see you are against it. Not even Bill would condone what the Muslims do to their women. Only Fistula, the Islam lover, is OK with that. Fistula the genius who started insulting me because I said I would like to see a few hundred million demented Muslims exterminated.

#12
Bill - 5 Apr 2010 // 23:18:28

WW:

"I am anti-extremists of any religion."

Except feminism, of course! hehehe

#13
Bill - 5 Apr 2010 // 23:22:34

Nellie:

"I was wondering when/if you would post an opinion about Sharia law that condones the stoning of live women. Glad to see you are against it. Not even Bill would condone what the Muslims do to their women."

Again you're displaying a lack of scriptural knowledge. Stoning is an aicnent punishment, and the Old Testament is full of it, not only for women, but men as well. Not having the nicities of poison gas, electric chairs, guillotines, etc., stoning was the available and accepted form of capital punishment.

#14
NellieotAmerica - 5 Apr 2010 // 23:33:49

Bill

"Again you're displaying a lack of scriptural knowledge. Stoning is an aicnent punishment, and the Old Testament is full of it, not only for women, but men as well. Not having the nicities of poison gas, electric chairs, guillotines, etc., stoning was the available and accepted form of capital punishment."

And this is the wisdom of the "ancients" that we have to live by? I am sorry, but I can have NO respect for a person who can stone another creature to death, be it human or animal. And for what? For being accused by her husband that she slept with another man? And maybe she didn't even do it? Her husband just wants to get rid of her?

#15
WickedWitch - 5 Apr 2010 // 23:33:59

Feminism is anything but a religion. It is a social and political ideology. But I know distinctions like these evade you on a daily basis, so it's pretty understandable you'd make this mistake.

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