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:
On March 26th, the European Council issued a joint statement stressing the objective of a ‘green transition’: "The urgency is presently on fighting the Coronavirus pandemic and its immediate consequences.
Contributor: Olivier Vardakoulias
In the wake of the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Europe, Greece has emerged as an unlikely role model, with international media referring to the “Greek model” of crisis management, and praising the country’s seeming transformation from the black sheep of the European family to a champion of rational policy-making and a beacon of good behaviour.
Contributor: Georgia Nakou
Despite undergoing three adjustment programmes over the course of eight years, it is widely accepted that Greece emerged from its economic crisis having achieved limited progress in terms of structural reforms.
Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis
During the same week in January that Wuhan went into complete lockdown, Fitch upgraded Greece’s credit rating to just two notches away from investment grade. The following week, Greece issued its first 15-year bond, attracting strong interest and a very attractive yield.
Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis
These are extraordinary times. As the saying goes, they also require extraordinary measures and unexpected decisions. What past crises could not achieve, and where decision-makers wavered or delayed, the advent of the coronavirus has triggered.
Contributor: Jens Bastian