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.

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Photo by Kostas Tsironis/Fosphotos No fear of the bear? Bilateral economic relations between Germany and Russia

Germany's economic interests in Russia are significant before and despite the sanctions regime which is in place since Spring 2014. Investments in and German exports to Russia have largely withstood the tense political climate between Berlin and Moscow after the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia’s military involvement in eastern Ukraine.

Contributor: Jens Bastian

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Categories: Politics (198), Europe (143), Economy (199)

Photo by George Vitsaras/Fosphotos Greece's pursuit of normality has only one starting point

If you got your hands on a European Commission report that outlined issues of loss of reform momentum, resistance to public sector changes, loss of fiscal discipline, a delayed privatisation programme hampered by strong political opposition and the risk of falling short of fiscal targets agreed in the European Stability Mechanism programme, it is highly probable that the first – perhaps only - country you would think of is Greece.

Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis

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Categories: Greece (293), Europe (143), Economy (199)

Ferris Wheel at Syntagma Square Another spin of the wheel for Greece

There couldn’t have been a more fitting end to the year in Greece than the Ferris Wheel fiasco in Athens’s Syntagma Square. It was the first year the city centre’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were to include this attraction. It went up amid much fanfare, only to come down a few days later as the structure did not have the necessary security certificates.

Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis

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Categories: Greece (293), Politics (198), Economy (199)

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