Agora

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 by Jens Bastian

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Welcome to Berlin: Mitsotakis meets Merkel

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

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Categories: Europe (196), Politics (268), Greece (375)

Photo by Amanda Graham via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/m9xx6 The embrace between the Russian bear and the Panda bear: An emerging Sino-Russian axis

While China-US relations are deteriorating over bitter trade disputes, the imposition of tit-for-tat tariffs and intellectual property rights, the Sino-Russian partnership is evolving and deepening in areas such as security and defense, bilateral energy cooperation as well as the Kremlin’s expanding participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Contributor: Jens Bastian

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Welcome to the club: Greece Joins the 17+1 network

In the course of the past decade, China has invested in and provided loan funding for infrastructure projects across Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe. During this period Beijing has also established an institutional architecture across countries in these three European sub-regions. Founded in 2012, the 16+1 network organizes annual Central and Eastern Europe–China Summits.

Contributor: Jens Bastian

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Categories: Europe (196), Politics (268), Economy (250), Greece (375)

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