τις ακόλουθες διαπιστώσεις:

"the following findings", at first sight, but two problems:  (i) what follows is not, in English a set of findings (πορίσματα), but an argument (επιχείρημα).  Secondly, a register problem:  following is appropriate for a list, but "the following argument" simply as a pointer to what comes next does not seem appropriate style for a newspaper leader article.  "a number of points" perhaps, since "a number of" in English can often act as a discourse marker predictive of further discussion or analysis.

Cf these extended citations from the Bank of English, two of twenty for the phrase there are a number of reasons, - note the plural verb - from the British Books subcorpus:  

There are a number of reasons why Hamlet has touched the nerve of modern culture in a way no other work has. Hamlet is a typical modern man of the hyper-sensitive, introspective and lonely type, suffering from a ...

None of the landscape artists interviewed in this book makes any direct use of photographs.  There are a number of reasons for this.  Photographs do not contain the detail that we often imagine they do. They are themselves two-dimensional and it is not easy to re-create in paint the photographic illusion of ...

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