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 June 2014

Photo by MacroPolis Samaras shoots, Samaras scores!

“Samaras rescues Greece” – it’s the headline the prime minister and many in his office would have cherished. But Giorgos Samaras, the striker without a club, has beaten premier Antonis to the title of saviour thanks to his injury time penalty on Wednesday, which ushered Greece into the second round of the World Cup for the first time in its history.

Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis

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Categories: Politics (278), Society (59), Greece (389)

Photo by Myrto Papadopoulos [] Stomach for the fight

Stress can affect you in peculiar ways. “I felt so ill reading that mail I had to admit myself into the clinic at 4 am," Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos told The Guardian recently as he recounted the moment he says he realised George Papandreou had not properly thought through the idea of holding a referendum on Greece’s bailout terms in late 2011.

Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis

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Categories: Politics (278), Greece (389)

Photo by MacroPolis How Greek banks moved into a new era

The core Greek banks reported first quarter (Q1) results in the last three days of May. The release of the results was the last act in a series of important developments for the Greek banking market over the past two months. These developments constitute the third phase of the new era for Greek banks, which started two years ago.

Contributor: Manos Giakoumis

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Categories: Economy (255), Greece (389)