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.
Over recent weeks, there has been much talk from government officials about a “new Greece” emerging after the July elections, however, the worst thing the government could do at this stage is to believe its own hype.
Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis
This Thursday the new Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis travels to Berlin for his inaugural meeting with representatives of the Germany government, most prominently Chancellor Angela Merkel. His official visit to the German capital is the second leg of his European travels, having visited Paris and met with President Emanuel Macron the week before.
Contributor: Jens Bastian
In the bitter politics of the memoranda years, major points of agreement among political parties were scarce - at least in terms of rhetoric. One of the few exceptions to this rule was the programme for oil and gas exploration and exploitation in Greece.
Contributor: Olivier Vardakoulias
Greece’s debt managers outlined in the budget process that started last October their main goals for public debt management in the first post-bailout year.
Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis
The first signals from the new government in Athens vis a vis its foreign policy is that there will be continuity on how Greece is dealing with unresolved issues with neighbouring countries and how it sees cooperation with friends and allies.
Contributor: Alexandra Voudouri