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.
Absent of any tense negotiations with Greece’s creditors or another national drama, some Greeks have decided to relive the anguished days of 2015 again by arguing over what SYRIZA’s plan was during the first half of the year – until Alexis Tsipras capitulated – and who should be held responsible for what.
Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis
Portugal kept access to short-term markets during the programme and compensated the small financial envelope from the troika by issuing more short-term debt over the programme that ran between 2011-2014.
Contributor: Rui Peres Jorge
If the speculation is correct, then Greece will tap the bond markets this week for the first time in three years and for the first time under the SYRIZA-led government.
Contributor: Fiona Mullen
The collapse on 7 July of the latest UN-sponsored talks to resolve the Cyprus issue has increased the risk of a naval confrontation between Turkey and the Republic of Cyprus when Total of France and Eni of Italy begin exploratory drilling in Block 11 of the Cypriot exclusive economic zone (EEZ) this week.
Contributor: Wolfango Piccoli
It seems that reports of a solution to the Cyprus issue were greatly exaggerated. Again. This is far from a surprise. All negotiations concerning this age-old dispute follow the same pattern. There is optimism in the beginning, frustration as time passes by and sheer disappointment at the end.
Contributor: Nikos Skoutaris