Pan­ga­los takes on city myths

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The prob­lems that plague the cen­ter of Athens are the re­sult of chronic po­lit­i­cal dys­func­tion, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Theodoros Pan­ga­los said in a com­men­tary pub­lished in Kathimerini to­day, adding that fix­ing the sit­u­a­tion is dif­fi­cult be­cause of un­con­trolled ex­ter­nal fac­tors such as global mi­gra­tion flows.

In the ar­ti­cle, Pan­ga­los de­bunks six “pop­u­lar myths” con­cern­ing the state’s fail­ure to tackle per­sist­ing is­sues in­clud­ing il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, crime, pros­ti­tu­tion and un­li­censed street ven­dors. The deputy PM blames the large num­ber of il­le­gal mi­grants on Tur­key’s fail­ure to im­ple­ment a Euro­pean Union agree­ment oblig­ing it to take them back. He also crit­i­cizes right-wing par­ties for im­ped­ing Greece’s asy­lum pro­ce­dure. Grant­ing refugee sta­tus to those who are en­ti­tled to it “would en­able more peo­ple to re­unite with their rel­a­tives in Europe,” he says. “But there are no mag­i­cal so­lu­tions. The sit­u­a­tion in the cen­ter can­not change overnight.”

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