By Tocqueville* The upcoming EU-Turkey summit regarding the Syrian refugee (decided long before the downing of a Russian bomber over Syria) risks adding insult to injury.
Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili on Wednesday denounced what she said was an attempt to associate the SYRIZA party with terrorism, stressing in an interview with the state television channel ERT 1 that “this is not tolerable to us.” She asserted there was an attempt to strike at the government’s efforts at a critical time and […]
By Nick Stamatakis In the fall of 1992, as I was attending a graduate seminar on Mediterranean Societies focusing at that day on the rise of the Italian mafia, I mentioned that the then prime minister of Greece (Constantine Mitsotakis – served from 1991 to 1993) was estimated to have at least 5,000 godchildren, mostly […]
By Akis Georgakellos and Harris Mylonas Greece just completed one of its shortest electoral campaign periods which — for the first time since 1964 — occurred right after the winter holidays. The polarized climate was coupled with the resounding absence of any concrete proposals for a wide array of issues such as pensions, public administration, […]
By Justine Frangouli-Argyris With the clock quickly counting down towards election day in Greece this January 25, the two competitors for the Prime Ministerial chair are Alexis Tsipras, the fiery leader of the leftist Syriza party, and Antonis Samaras, the stoic head of the conservative New Democracy party who governed the country until the fall […]
By Justine Frangouli-Argyris No one should be weeping nor should they be frightened that the Greek Parliament failed to elect a president on its third and final attempt this week and, as a result, set the country on course for a national plebiscite to be held on January 25th . There, the nation’s citizens will […]
By Justine Frangouli-Argyris In a surprise move last week, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called a snap presidential election for December, moving it forward from its planned February date with potentially unpredictable results for the future of Greece and the Eurozone.
By Justine Frangouli-Argyris It was around springtime that the Samaras-Venizelos coalition government was flying high given that, after a long absence, Greece was able to return to the financial markets and float a new bond issue that was ten times oversubscribed and at an attractively low interest rate. This optimism, amid a general sense that […]
By Justine Frangouli-Argyris In Greece, today, no one can foresee what will transpire nationally after the European elections later this month given the fact that the far-left party (Syriza) is leading in public opinion while the once dominant socialists (Elia/Pasok) are polling a paltry 7 %. According to a recent poll conducted by Pulse for […]