How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

March 14, 2021

A new machine learning approach to COVID-19 testing has produced encouraging results in Greece. The technology, named Eva, dynamically used recent testing results collected at the Greek border to detect and limit the importation of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among arriving international...

The Tangled Maps of Greece and Turkey

September 07, 2020

A person sitting at a café in the small town of Kaş, on Turkey’s southern coast, where the Taurus Mountains drop precipitously into the Mediterranean, would look out upon a blue bay and a small island. If they asked the waiter, he would tell them that the island — almost unbelievably — is...

Will Greece Recover from Its Debt Crisis?

February 02, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to John Milios, a Greek economist and social scientist. Over the past decade, Greece has had a difficult time with a staggering debt crisis and financial stagnation. It began in 2010 just a few years after the global financial crisis and was...

What Went Wrong in Macedonia’s Referendum?

October 05, 2018

On paper, the prospect of a positive outcome seemed high, with popular support for Macedonia’s accession into the EU and NATO widespread.  Macedonia went to the polls on September 30 to vote in a referendum that would potentially change the country’s name and unblock its path to the...

Explaining the Rise of Populism

February 06, 2017

Populism is a crisis of entitlement, and higher interest rates will squeeze some countries more than others. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. In December 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States raised interest rates. This was the first rate rise in almost 10 years....

The Cyprus Question is On the Table

January 24, 2017

The Treaty of Guarantee has complicated the Cyprus issue and should be scrapped. Since the end of 2016, there has been intense diplomacy over the Cyprus issue. The aim is to reach a new agreement by early 2017. The recent moves are part of a negotiating process that started in February 2014...

The World This Week: Are Soaring Stock Markets Good for Global Economy?

January 08, 2017

An economic model where share prices of McDonald’s soar and mom-and-pop restaurants close may be efficient and convenient, but might not be equitable or soulful. This week, The Economist reported that stock markets had a good 2016. During the year, the S&P 500 rose by 11.1% and the Dow...