Agora

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.

Posts in Economy

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Photo by Can Esenbel [http://www.mundanepleasure.com/] Who benefits from Greece’s return to the markets?

Now that the euphoria is beginning to die down let’s take a second, more sober look at what Greece achieved last week when the investment community hailed the country’s return to the markets. Politicians from Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s government were quick to join the chorus of cheerleaders, with impressive support from members of the media and market analysts.

Contributor: Jens Bastian

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Categories: Economy (252), Greece (378)

Photo by Harry van Versendaal Does return to markets signal end of Greek crisis? The perils of ignoring macro-economic fundamentals

Politics today is the art of shaping a narrative, with the overriding preference being for one that is in harmony with markets and investors. This narrative is currently being formulated in real time in Greece. It is centred on the much anticipated return of the Greek sovereign to international bond markets.

Contributor: Jens Bastian

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Categories: Europe (198), Politics (270), Economy (252), Greece (378)

Photo by Harry van Versendaal No victory, just plenty of misery

It has become evident over the last few weeks that the eurozone’s pro-austerity camp is trying to defend its record, either through the ground it is afforded by influential media or through commentators that end up resembling cheerleaders rather than sober judges of the events that have unfolded in the single currency area.

Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis

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Categories: Europe (198), Politics (270), Economy (252), Society (55), Greece (378)

Photo by Can Esenbel [www.mundanepleasures.com] A return to capital markets for Greek banks but no return to domestic lending

In the future we may look back on the past two weeks as a watershed moment for Greek banks following the onset of the twin financial and sovereign debt crisis in 2009. After extensive and well prepared international road shows, financial institutions in Athens attracted unprecedented levels of foreign investors' interest for bond placements and capital-raising initiatives.

Contributor: Jens Bastian

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Categories: Economy (252), Greece (378)

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