POLITICS

Is growth returning to Greece?

Dimosthenis Papadatos-Anagnostopoulos Since autumn,  and with increasing urgency during the last weeks,  the Greek Prime Minister claims that now is the time for the sacrifices of the Greek people to  be vindicated. The view that this will happen in the second half of 2016 is mentioned in the European  Commission…

Τurkey is under pressure and is putting us under pressure

  Interview of Dimitris Christopoulos Turkey is at war internally with the Kurds, has an open front in Syria, is the host country of millions of refugees and its relations with Russia are not at their best. Nevertheless, it is President Erdogan behind the resignation of Prime Minister Davutoglu. Who,…

AthensLive: New, independent and crowdfunded

AthensLive is a new and ambitious initiative in Greek media. It is a collaboration between Greek and international journalists, including the visual journalists of FOSPHOTOS, offering an alternative to a corporate-owned and bound to established political interests Greek press. AthensLive provides English-language reporting, analysis, and commentary on the situation from Athens and…

Rekindling Hope: SYRIZA's Challenges and Prospects

Michalis Spourdalakis Before turning to the main theme of this article it would be very useful to come to terms with at least the following preliminary observations:[Greek farmers protesting against planned pension system reforms.]Greek farmers protesting against planned pension system reforms. The left in government and especially the radical left in…

The Greek media, the oligarchs and the new Media Law

Ιnterview of  George Pleios to Nikolas Nenedakis and Magdalini Varoucha Despite reactions from the main opposition parties, the Greek government is expected to deposit its long-awaited draft legislation for the new broadcasting license tenders with the aim of launching the channel licensing competition, after three consecutive unsuccessful meetings of the Conference…

Greek Left and the need for progressive reforms

Kostis Karpozilos spoke to Rethinking Greece about Greek-American Radicalism, the current internationalization of the Greek story and the need for progressive reforms within a European radical project   Interview by Nikolas Nenedakis, Athina Rossoglou   Kostis Karpozilos (Ph.D. in History, University of Crete) is an A.G. Leventis Fellow at SEESOX, Oxford University, UK.…

Insights on Censorship and Human Rights

Interview with Professor Dimitris Christopoulos   For our first in a series of interviews and articles on academic freedom and human rights for Independent Turkey, I had the honor of speaking with Dimitris Christopoulos, an Associate Professor of State and Legal Theory at the Panteion University of Athens and Vice…

Defence Minister Kammenos and the shark

WWF Greece   WWF condemns Panos Kammenos for showing off in a photo in which he is pictured holding a killed "big shark": "Τhe image of a minister, who in fact has served as responsible for maritime law enforcement, including fishing regulations, proudly posing next to a killed King of…

Once upon a time there was Eurocommunism

Interview with  Giannis Balabanidis to  Rethinking Greece and GrèceHebdo The ongoing financial crisis has highlighted different aspects of how Greece is engaged in various European dilemmas and how political developments in the country are interwoven with Europe’s contrasts. In this context, tracing the history of left wing political forces in Greece…

Katerina Savvaidou, a taxwoman with a bad sense of public interest

AnalyzeGreece introduces it's new "Person of the Week" column, featuring people who left a positive or negative impression on Greek current affairs.   Dimosthenis Papadatos-Anagnostopoulos   One of the main declarations of the current government, already from its previous run, was that it would put an end to the tax…

Beyond Reform vs. Rupture

Greece still has alternatives. What mix of compromise and confrontation could yield something better than more austerity?   by Nantina Vgontzas   If nothing else, phase one of Syriza’s tenure has revealed the limits of reformism in a period of stagnation and global economic integration. It’s also shown the need for a Plan B. Given the recent…

First thoughts on the electoral outcome

by Quincey Some first thoughts on the electoral outcome: 1. First and foremost, it is a triumph of Tsipras. Not of SYRIZA. Tsipras' party is a shadow of its previous self. Tsipras, despite that he had no party mechanism to assist him, no real narrative to sell, waged a tremendous…