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Saying of the day: 3/19/13

Posted  March 19, 2013  by  Politis

  “If we cannot come up the €5.8bn in a few days then I think we will go to the Cyprus pound. That will be the end of Cyprus in the Eurozone.” — Marios Mavrides

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Center right, center right

Posted  March 19, 2013  by  Politis

We all know the two rules of business, according to which 1) the boss is always right, and 2) if the boss is wrong, see rule number one. In American politics it would appear that the Republican Party has replaced the boss. Bloomberg has been investigating the phenomenon in US electoral politics according to which […]

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Save the homeland of Aristotle…

Posted  March 12, 2013  by  laura

By Laura Strieth A group called NoMines N. has posted the following petition regarding a project to mine for gold in the vicinity of Ierissos, on the third foot of the Halkidiki region. The campaign “calls for citizens all over the world to raise their voice in condemnation against the development of mining activities and […]

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Tax cheat sheet

Posted  March 13, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Andy Dabilis After hostile reaction, the Greek government said it would not go ahead with plans to give tax cheats an 80 percent discount on fines they would have to pay for breaking the law, including some 2,062 people with $1.95 billion in secret Swiss bank accounts, the so-called Lagarde List, that has created […]

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Fascists go to school

Posted  March 13, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Damian Mac Con Uladh The growth in popularity of Golden Dawn in the country’s secondary schools and the wider problem of how to deal with fascism in the classroom is the subject of a conference at Athens University that starts on Wednesday. Over 20 university historians, social scientists and a psychoanalysist specialising in youth […]

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Citizen discontent in Bulgaria

Posted  March 13, 2013  by  pdcadmin

Mass protests of Bulgarians forced the last government to resign. A new caretaker government now has to prepare early parliamentary elections on May 12. But many Bulgarians have lost faith in politics altogether. Unrelated as the cases may be, self-immolations have become a mark of the ongoing mass protests in Bulgaria: on Wednesday (13.03.2013), a […]

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Greek radicalism in context

Posted  March 15, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Scott Stewart In last week’s Geopolitical Weekly, George Friedman discussed how the global financial crisis has caused a global unemployment crisis and how Europe has become the epicenter of that crisis. He also noted that rampant unemployment will give way to a political crisis as austerity measures galvanize radical political parties opposed to the […]

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Around the town: 14/3/13

Posted  March 15, 2013  by  laura

This weekly feature offers a glimpse of what is happening in and around Thessaloniki. Compiled by Laura Strieth. Thu 14th to Sun17th March – Slava’s Snowshow- The multi-award winning international sensation, Slava’s Snowshow, will be performing in Thessaloniki. Experience a joyous dream-like world which will touch both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a […]

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Tribalism and postpartisanship: competing visions of the state of nature?

Posted  March 15, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner These are interesting times for the analysis of European politics, from a hung Parliament in the UK, to the rise and fall of the Pirate Party in Germany, to the triumph of M5S in Italy, to the surge of Golden Dawn in Greece. What does it mean? Perhaps there will be a […]

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Una fatsa (una faccia)? Is Italy headed toward a “Greek-style” crisis?

Posted  March 15, 2013  by  KK

By Krista Kalachani I just found a small gap to write a couple of things about what is happening in Italy. If you checked the newspapers in Italy this week, apart from the Pope’s election which is probably the most important news story of the week, one of the things that has been circulating is […]

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Saying of the day: 3/15/13

Posted  March 15, 2013  by  Politis

    “Neither right nor left, but above (and beyond).” — Tiziana Ciprini (M5S MP)

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Would you pass? Citizenship tests in the UK, Canada, Australia, and the US

Posted  March 16, 2013  by  Politis

What does one need to know to be eligible for citizenship in a country not of one’s origin? Take Greece, for instance. According to the site Living in Greece, “For foreigners of no Greek origin who have long-term residency in Greece… [m]arriage to a Greek citizen does not automatically grant citizenship or a Greek passport […]

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Could this work in Greece?

Posted  March 17, 2013  by  Politis

The Project on Government Oversight seeks to “provoke accountability” in the workings of the US Federal Government. About POGO Founded in 1981, POGO originally worked to expose outrageously overpriced military spending on items such as a $7,600 coffee maker and a $436 hammer. In 1990, after many successes reforming military spending, including a Pentagon spending […]

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What makes a [good] citizen?

Posted  March 17, 2013  by  MK

By Maria Patsarika What makes a citizen? I wonder, reading Matthew Engel’s article“UK citizenship tests: why we need them.” Does a certificate personify all attributes of citizenship in all its complexity? During the seven years that I spent in the UK the prospect of coming back home (to Greece) kept at bay the anxiety of […]

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Saying of the day: 3/18/13

Posted  March 18, 2013  by  Politis

  “If you make people’s lives better they will pay you for it — bottom line.” — Rob Markey

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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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Dukakis Lecture 3/20/13

Posted  March 19, 2013  by  Politis

The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service Cordially invites you to attend A Dukakis Lecture Featuring Stan Draenos, sometime resident historian, Andreas G. Papandreou Foundation “Andreas Papandreou’s New Nationalism and Kennedy’s New Frontier: Greece in the Tangles of the Cold War” Wednesday, March 20, 5 PM ACT New Building Conference Room […]

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Pirates of the Aegean (almost)

Posted  March 24, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Steve Coll The other day, near Athens, I met a cheerful Greek-American economist who is in his mid-seventies. He sported a white Vandyke beard. He was shuffling around his veranda in a mischievous mood. He was planning a party for that night, which would run from ten o’clock until about five in the morning. […]

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