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Illiberal and un-European

Posted  October 26, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner A few months ago I filed my Greek tax return, as I have every year since 1995; just recently I payed the first installment of my remaining income tax obligation for 2012. This year, like last, I had to submit all the receipts I had amassed over the course of the calendar […]

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Choose4Greece II, 17 June 2012 Elections

Posted  June 8, 2012  by  ip-admin

Choose4Greece is an online application which calculates voters’ ideological congruence with political parties for the June 17 elections in Greece. Choose4Greece II represents an update, which takes into consideration the changes in the Greek political party landscape, on the initial application that was launched because of the significance of the May 6 general election and […]

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This not a pipe

Posted  March 12, 2015  by  DW

On the TV news a few days ago Greek journalist Pavlos Tsimas suggested that the Greek government and several other EU member states, especially Germany, were engaged in a war of words. The next day Bloomberg said what Tsimas could not, or would not, alluding to a “Greek alternative reality,” a “twilight zone.” No less […]

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2014: Voting as European citizens

Posted  September 3, 2013  by  Politis

Excerpts below from an article in yesterday’s New York Times by Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Felix Marquardt, founders of Europeans Now. “The time is ripe for a transnational, transgenerational, transpartisan, grass-roots and crowd-funded movement to take European integration to the next level. And before forming a party, we should look to Europe’s success stories to determine what […]

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2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index

Posted  January 30, 2013  by  Politis

Greece’s position in Deloitte’s 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index is outright depressing. In terms of current competitiveness and of projected rankings for 2018, Greece is dead last among the 38 countries surveyed (1/10 for each category, ten being the highest ranking possible). China tops both lists.  

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A few thoughts on urban citizenship

Posted  April 27, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Anna-Maria Konsta In today’s insecure globalized world, where state and supranational structures seem to be collapsing, there are good reasons to reconnect citizenship with the city, especially if we focus on a “bottom-up” approach of citizenship and on citizenship as practice and participation. Contemporary urban theorists emphasize a number of characteristics of cities and […]

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Greece’s state broadcaster and the politics of eternal discontent

Posted  June 12, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Kostas A. Lavdas The news is plain and simple. The Greek government has shut down the public broadcaster ERT, calling it a “haven of waste.” While all 2,500 employees would be sacked, the government says they would be paid compensation and would be able to apply for work when the corporation relaunches as a […]

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Dukakis Lecture 2/18/13

Posted  February 16, 2013  by  Politis

    The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service     Cordially invites you to attend The first Dukakis Lecture of the Spring 2013 Semester Featuring Hon Spyros Kouvelis Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs “Development perspectives, reform, and outward opening of Greek entrepreneurship” Monday, February 18 5-6:30 PM ACT New […]

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A Farewell Lecture

Posted  September 6, 2016  by  Politis

Note from the Editors. Alan Henrikson is the newest Member of the Honorary Advisory Board at the Dukakis Center. We reprint his farewell lecture, delivered recently at the Fletcher School, as a token of our rewspect for his long and distinguished career. Fletcher: A Great Place to Teach—and to Learn by Alan Henrikson Dear Friends, […]

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Crisis plays leading role in Greek films

Posted  February 15, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Kirsten Allen From the outside, the Greek financial crisis is easily reduced to an exhausting series of bailouts, austerity deadlines and protests. But to the people who live with the fallout each day, it’s an existential threat, and one that raises fundamental questions about their identity as Greeks. These questions and the crisis itself […]

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Whither liberalism

Posted  June 7, 2013  by  Politis

Political and economic liberalism have come under heavy and sustained attack as many countries struggle to find responses to the prevailing economic malaise. But for the staleness of much left-of-center political thinking, liberalism might be long dead and buried. Some in the UK think otherwise, however. Today’s Guardian has a nice clip with bits and […]

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Saying of the day: 6/22/13

Posted  June 21, 2013  by  Politis

“To me, achieving a global classroom means using education to erase barriers between people of different cultures and backgrounds; it means giving people the opportunity to learn without the limits imposed by physical or socio-economic circumstances; and it means giving schools and instructors around the world the ability to transcend boundaries to bring high-quality education […]

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The spirit of public service

Posted  April 16, 2015  by  DW

By David Wisner For EF For the better part of the past decade and a half I have been searching for ways to translate the concept and practice of public service, so commonplace throughout the United States, into the contemporary Greek reality. I learned early on that there is not a direct or literal translation […]

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Stitching up the laws

Posted  April 10, 2014  by  KK

By Krysta So a boy of African descent living in Greece has sought and been granted asylum in Belgium. I don’t think that there is anything new in this article that we have not yet discussed a million times regarding Greece’s very frustrating and problematic status on questions of human rights, discrimination, and as part […]

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One click off

Posted  June 4, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Kathryn Lukey-Cout​socostas* Globalization has us readily accepting goods from other lands into our homes. But can countries absorb imported citizens just as easily? Whenever I join the crowd to criticize a line-jumper in a queue in Greece, someone inevitably tries to muzzle me with the classic insider-outsider putdown: “You’re not Greek.” Apparently, only locals […]

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Saying of the day: 1/27/13

Posted  January 26, 2013  by  Politis

  “Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise.” — Aeschylus

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Young people for human rights online

Posted  May 17, 2013  by  Politis

Internet offers us the possibility to create, publish, distribute and consume media content fostering therefore a space of full participation, engagement and self-expression. With the development of social networks we all can participate in cyberspace in a variety of ways ranging from keeping in touch with your friends and developing new contacts to sharing content […]

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Around the town: 4/4/13

Posted  April 4, 2013  by  laura

This weekly feature offers a glimpse of what is happening in and around Thessaloniki. Compiled by Laura Strieth. Thu 4th April- Wear Vintage Bazaar- Spring time’s new vintage arrivals are available for purchase today. Hundreds of cool 70s, 80s and 90 pieces can be found. Abel Nagengast and Tako Reyenga will on the decks playing […]

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No justification for violence and discrimination

Posted  April 7, 2014  by  pdcadmin

By Ioanna Konstantinou Having lived the Indian reality from within, I have come to know that discrimination is based on numerous and often interrelated aspects such as religion, caste, ethnicity, disability, social status and gender. Discrimination against women is systemic and gender-based violence is pervasive and perpetrated with impunity. The fact that Indian women face […]

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Absurdities

Posted  January 20, 2014  by  M P

By Maria Patsarika First, our ministers make earnest declarations that in order for smog percentages to diminish, people need to return to the use of oil for heating purposes. I’m sure it crossed all people’s minds: are they nuts? With such high oil prices, who can afford to buy it? And, surely, people would rather […]

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