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 on November 2013
The global crisis that erupted in 2007 in the financial sector evolved into a local eurozone sovereign debt crisis in the fall of 2009, when Greece revealed serious problems in the management of public finances. Since then, the prevailing narrative has been what I called the “Berlin View”, calling into question the governments of some countries of the European periphery, particularly Greece, Spain and Italy.
Contributor: Francesco Saraceno
The creation of the Ombudsman in 1997 as an independent authority may be seen as a symbol of institutional modernisation. It was intended to strengthen the Rule of Law, to consolidate good governance and ensure the respect of human rights; it constituted an injection of accountability into the Greek political administrative system and a means for the empowerment of citizens vis-à-vis the bureaucracy.
Contributor: Calliope Spanou
Almost two months after the government cracked down on Golden Dawn, the neo-fascist party is rising again. Analysts explain why the party's popularity has not been damaged.
Contributor: Harry van Versendaal
You may be amongst those who are not convinced of the devastating effect that the policy mix and pace of fiscal contraction in Greece is having on society. If so, you may subscribe to the official line trotted out by the country’s lenders that the program is helping the country regain competitiveness and the economy fix its external imbalances.
Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis
The twin challenge in Greece’s financial sector remains the liquidity position of banks and their lending capacity to the real economy. Any assumption of a quick return to normality and business as usual are premature.
Contributor: Jens Bastian