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.
The European Parliament’s inquiry into the troika and its record in eurozone bailouts sounds like a welcome effort to hold Europe’s crisis managers to account.
It is natural to attempt to instill some hope when one addresses a nation that has been battered by six years of the deepest recession in world history and has endured four years of unprecedented austerity.
Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis
This week marked the anniversary of the birth of Lord Byron, a foreigner who loved Greece but was also embraced by Greeks. One of his most famous poems, The Isles of Greece, invokes the wondrous spirit of Greeks’ ancient ancestors. Great victories, such as in the Battle of Salamis, are exalted in this memorable example of his work.
Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis
Why has the Cypriot economy faced a smaller than anticipated dip for 2013? What is the relevance of the answers to this question for the shape of Cyprus recession and for its medium to long-run economic growth prospects?
Contributor: Marios Zachariadis
A conversation with David Salanic, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Tortus Capital Management, the hedge fund decided in the week that Portugal returned to capital markets with a bond syndicated tap to create a specific website http://rehabilitatingportugal.com/ explaining its bearish position on Portuguese bonds.
Contributor: Jorge Nascimento Rodrigues