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.
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The number of people infected and deaths have increased significantly in the past period, while the epidemiological situation in the country is critical. However, the Commission on Infectious Diseases does not plan to recommend additional prevention measures for the time being, thus raising the dilemma of whether the health or the economy are number one priority in this pandemic.
Contributor: Stefan Ristovski & Angel Mojsovski
This fourth blog in our series about the state of the Greek economy for Macropolis aims to improve our understanding of competitiveness, its drivers and the way it is measured. Greece continues to be in a process of economic adjustment, made even more pronounced during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Contributor: Bob Traa & Jens Bastian
The hope in government circles is that increased vaccination rates and warmer weather will bring infections down to manageable levels and make it safe to welcome visitors for the sake of the economy. The numbers suggest that this will be a higher-risk strategy than is publicly acknowledged.
Contributor: Georgia Nakou
Serbia is the first country in Europe and the seventh in the world in terms of the full vaccination coverage rate! However, judging by the government’s latest moves, the rates are stagnating. Conflicting statements and actions since the beginning of the epidemic, especially coming from the crisis headquarters, gave rise to suspicions among the people and made way for conspiracy theorists. It is uncertain whether the demand for vaccination will bounce back.
Contributor: Igor Todorović
Back in the day, the mega-popular regional star Lepa Brena sang the lyrics "Bless us, Lord, with health and joy" (“Daj, Bože, zdravlja i radosti”) in one of her songs. Although this hit is now over three decades old, the refrain is especially relevant today.
Contributor: Daniela Vukčević