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 August 2015
The morning after July’s referendum win was a bittersweet moment for Alexis Tsipras. It dawned on him that he had an overwhelming mandate not to accept new, onerous bailout terms but, at the same time, that he could not risk Greece’s position in the euro. Fulfilling both desires would require a gold medal-winning balancing act on the political high beam.
Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis
Many people asking whether Greece can afford to hold snap elections in the autumn. Perhaps, though, we should also be asking whether it can afford not to.
The general consensus in some quarters is that official creditors need to forgive a large portion of their loans if Greece is ever going to become financially viable.
Contributor: Klaus Kastner
After all the hoopla over Greece in recent months, it’s weird that the agreement of a deal on Tuesday was not met with more celebration. It certainly came as a surprise to most analysts that a deal was struck (it’s amazing how fast agreement can be found when Greece capitulates and signs up to everything immediately).
Contributor: Megan Greene
MacroPolis editor Nick Malkoutzis speaks to Juliette Foster of Share Radio in the UK about the agreement between the Greek governemnt and its lenders on the third bailout and what we can expect in the days ahead.