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In praise of public servants

Posted  January 9, 2013  by  Politis

The Dukakis Center hosted the inaugural Business  & Politics Forum in Thessaloniki last month. One of the speakers, Efi Stefopoulou of the General Secretariat of the Government, gave a standing room audience at the Elektra Palace Hotel a brilliant taste of what a truly competent public servant can do. Thankfully, she told her audience that […]

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Things are not so bad… except in Greece (canned laughter)

Posted  March 5, 2013  by  Politis

A lead editorial by Gideon Rachman in today’s Financial Times tends to dismiss the gloomy scenarios shooting out of Europe in the aftermath of the Italian general election last week. Are we headed toward a reprise of the European 1930s, when political extremism on both right and left was a prelude to war of one sort […]

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Crimes against ourselves

Posted  April 26, 2012  by  iankehoe

Recently I read that a group of Greek anti-austerity campaigners want to bring the government on trial for ‘crimes against humanity’ at the International Criminal Court. Understandably, there is considerable anti-government sentiment at the moment. However I’d like to offer another perspective on what is going on, one that might not be popular. The problem […]

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Democracy: reinvented

Posted  December 13, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner I’ve been looking for an adjective with which to describe this recent op ed article by Bill Keller in the New York Times. Curious, perhaps. It’s not quite a celebration of a certain place where democracy has flourished. Hardly, in fact. On the other hand, as a test case, South Africa, does […]

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Lecture by Thomas de Waal: The Great Catastrophe, then and now

Posted  June 8, 2016  by  PR

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Around the town: 4/25/13

Posted  April 25, 2013  by  laura

This weekly feature offers a glimpse of what is happening in and around Thessaloniki. Compiled by Laura Strieth. Thu 25th April– PillBOX open market ‘Spring Bouquet’- The PillBOX market features the latest trends in handicrafts, accessories, clothes, ornaments, cosmetics, collectable vinyl and many more cool items at low prices. This bazaar-market will take place in […]

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The perils of democracy

Posted  February 1, 2013  by  Politis

Politis posted excerpts earlier today from a Council of Europe report on domestic threats to democracy in Greece. Below a short article taken from Portside giving a left-of-center take on the same question. “There’s a new smog hanging over Greek cities this winter: an acrid cloud of wood smoke that burns the back of the […]

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Civil servants’ woes — UK

Posted  January 28, 2013  by  Politis

The Guardian has an article today on the plight of a large number of disgruntled British civil servants. “Two-thirds of Britain’s most senior civil servants are so demoralised that they are considering leaving their jobs, according to the first survey of mandarins to be conducted since the coalition’s reform plans were published,” they write. The […]

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How frequently do we use opengov services?

Posted  April 3, 2013  by  Politis

A nice chart below on the top online tasks carried out by frequent users in the UK. Note the lag in opengov service use relative to such tasks as reading the news, making purchases online, or engaging in some form of entertainment.

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The Warehouse of Souls

Posted  April 6, 2016  by  Politis

By Nicholas Piston* It was somewhat poetic taking the ferry across the Aegean in the cover of night.  I made my way to the outdoor deck, my preferred place to sit whenever taking a ferry in Greece, and stared out to Piraeus, gazing silently at the gates I volunteered briefly at while in Athens (which will have […]

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Center. Period.

Posted  April 4, 2013  by  Politis

A soon-to-be-released book by Charles Wheelen called The Centrist Manifesto is described thus on the web site of amazon.com. “A vision—and detailed road map to power—for a new party that will champion America’s rational center. From debt ceiling standoffs to single-digit Congress approval ratings, America’s political system has never been more polarized—or paralyzed—than it is […]

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A public service announcement for owners of uninsured vehicles

Posted  April 6, 2013  by  Politis

By Fotinie Efstratiadou A law pertaining to uninsured vehicles has recently been passed in the Greek Parliament and will enter into force on April 15, 2013.  The law concerns owners of vehicles that will be found to be uninsured through database cross examinations conducted by the National Information Systems of the Greek Ministry of Economy, […]

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Wanted: deep thinkers

Posted  February 7, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner The title of an article in the English version of Der Spiegel got me thinking about what appears to be a systemic problem throughout Europe and the eurozone. Spiegel claims that Europe needs new blood, not so much in terms of higher birthrates and immigration, but in terms of ideas and thinkers. […]

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Social movements: political efficacy or alienation?

Posted  December 5, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Jiya Pinder Tensions have risen in Bangkok over the past few weeks, as anti-government “yellow-shirt” protesters have sought to remove democratically elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet.  The Protestors descended on the city center, popular TV stations, police headquarters and the government house in an effort to disrupt the capital city and […]

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Repower Greece: Ideas and Solutions to restore the credibility of Greece and move forward

Posted  December 11, 2012  by  PR

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Celebrating WordPress and freedom of expression

Posted  May 29, 2013  by  Politis

A nice article in today’s Deutsche Welle celebrates the tenth anniversary of the launch of WordPress, one of the main platforms for blogging world wide. “Over the last decade, WordPress transformed from a simple platform to write a blog into an online content management system used by multinational corporations to maintain their Internet presence. A […]

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Tomb of the anonymous revolutionary

Posted  May 13, 2013  by  Politis
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Around the town: 4/11/13

Posted  April 13, 2013  by  laura

This weekly feature offers a glimpse of what is happening in and around Thessaloniki. Compiled by Laura Strieth. Thu 11th April- Geneva Jacuzzi- An LA-based songwriter, musician and visual artist who is known for her unique style of synth driven pop recordings, theatrical stage personas and retrostyle video art. Her videos and live performances portray […]

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Politicized Greek porn?

Posted  February 5, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Kostas Kallergis In an attempt to identify with the widespread anger in Greek society, targeted mainly against corrupt politicians, the country’s biggest porn production company has produced its latest gem, a politicized porn movie (!?!?!) where terrorists rape Ministers’ wives. The movie’s title is “Impact” (the rhyming Greek headline translates into something like “The […]

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A manifesto from Personal Democracy Media

Posted  March 18, 2013  by  Politis

Herewith the manifesto from Personal Democracy Media, conceived as a “hub for the conversation already underway between political practitioners and technologists, as well as anyone invigorated by the potential of all this to open up the process and engage more people in all the things that we can and must do together as citizens.”   […]

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