In ancient Athens, the agora was the central location where citizens gathered to hear news, discuss and, later, trade. The agora was the heart of the city’s political, cultural and spiritual life and it gave birth to the Greek word for speaking in public: ἀγορεύω (agorevo). It is this spirit we hope to channel in this section of the website.
Here, the Agora is a public forum for discussing events that are unfolding in Greece and beyond. Contributors to Macropolis, as well as guest posters, share their views on political, economic and other matters, while also offering readers the opportunity to express their opinions. As always, those who fail to respect the sanctity of this forum will not be allowed to share in its benefits.
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The most tumultuous period in Greece’s modern history concluded in the middle of the night, with just a few usual suspects to share the moment on Twitter, a World Cup game being replayed on the television and the live stream of a Eurogroup press conference on the laptop screen.
Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis
Italy’s political crisis and incoming government brings the European Central Bank back to making unpleasant choices as it tries to balance market risks with charting a path out of never-ending stimulus and crisis response measures. Mario Draghi has to preserve Euro-stability without appearing to intervene in Rome’s volatile politics.
Contributor: Ioannis Glinavos
To paraphrase the philosophical question about the falling tree in the forest: If a country experiences strong economic growth and nobody writes about it, did it actually happen?
Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis
The recent events in Italy have reminded complacent decision makers and investors of the importance of political risk in the euro area. Disregarding political dangers emanating from Rome for too long has created costs and given rise to negative feedback loops in other countries.
Contributor: Jens Bastian
PM-designate Carlo Cottarelli is expected to submit his cabinet composition to President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday, May 29. Within ten days from the oath-taking ceremony, the new government will have to go before both houses of parliament to secure a confidence vote.
Contributor: Wolfango Piccoli