Agora

In ancient Athens, the agora was where citizens gathered to hear news, discuss and, later, trade. The agora was the heart of the city’s political, cultural and spiritual life. It is this spirit we hope to channel in this section of the website. Here, the Agora is a public forum for discussing events unfolding in Greece and beyond.

In May 2020, we also launched a podcast called The Agora, delivering insight from our own experts and analysis from special guests. If you enjoy intelligent, lively discussion and want the bigger picture, join us for a stroll through the Agora. Our show is hosted on Acast, but you can also listen to us here:


 

Posts in Greece

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en_GB Photo by Can Esenbel [www.mundanepleasure.com] Are politicians in Greece promoting reforms or social cannibalism?

Myths have fuelled much of outside perceptions of the Greek crisis. From the lazy Greeks to the runaway shadow economy, observers have sought explanations for the country's problems in these contrived and skewed observations on life in Greece. Like all fairy tales, though, they make for a good story but are rarely a true reflection of reality.

Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis

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Categories: Politics (331), Greece (434)

Words will always hurt

The potential words have to inspire people and drive events should not be underestimated but their ability to do harm should not be taken too lightly either. It is truly regrettable that at this crucial time in Greece, some of the country’s decision makers have chosen to appeal to the devil inside us rather than the better angels of our nature.

Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis

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Categories: Politics (331), Greece (434)

Photo by Can Esenbel [www.mundanepleasure.com] Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras held an informal dinner with some of his party’s MPs. He reportedly told them that if Greece would be able to get through a tough summer, it would “take off” in September. We are now nearing the end of October and there has been no departure for the skies. Instead, Samaras is bracing for impact.

Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis

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Categories: Europe (251), Politics (331), Economy (288), Greece (434)

Photo by Can Esenbel [www.mundanepleasure.com] House of cards (The rise and fall of Akis Tsochatzopoulos)

It was the house that did for him. Former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos succumbed to the base desire of enshrining his wealth and potency in real estate. Hubris, however, blinded him to the dangers of choosing a property within a marble fragment’s throw of the Parthenon. On some days, the Acropolis’s shadow virtually touched the luxury apartment the PASOK veteran purchased on Athens’ most exclusive road.

Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis

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Categories: Politics (331), Society (107), Greece (434)

Photo by Can Esenbel [www.mundanepleasure.com] It remains a mystery

The Wall Street Journal leaked this week the minutes of an International Monetary Fund board meeting in May, 2010, just a few days before Greece signed its first bailout. The extracts reveal that there was serious concern among about a third of the country representatives, who raised serious objections about the Greek programme.

Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis

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Categories: Europe (251), Economy (288), Greece (434)

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