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A Citizen’s Guide to Greece 2015

 
 

 
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Livebloging and streaming at ACT

Posted  April 10, 2013  by  PR

Live streaming by Ustream

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Nextdoor: a Facebook for your neighborhood

Posted  April 1, 2013  by  Politis

Alexia Tsotsis has written an engaging review in TechCrunch of the neighborhood social media service Nextdoor. The platform is a de facto neighborhood support group among subscribers. Nextdoor now serves some 10,000 neighborhoods and roughly 1 million households, and has a very savvy matrix for developing a local network to its optimal level. Users explain […]

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Citizenship in Greece in questions

Posted  February 26, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Despina Ventouri Despite the fact that the concept of citizenship has roots in ancient Greece, one must not confuse this with more modern definitions and forms of citizenship. First, citizenship and democracy were invented in city-states, where it was possible for an elite class of citizens to participate directly to the political process. Second, […]

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Greece: mostly not free

Posted  March 30, 2013  by  Politis

2012 World Map of the Index of Economic Freedom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2012_World_Map_of_the_Index_of_Economic_Freedom.PNG).

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Why ideology needs to take a back seat for now: a response to the May Elections

Posted  June 15, 2012  by  RS

By Ruth Sutton The Greek electorate voted with the less practical parts of their bodies in May… their feet, hearts and gall… and not so much with their heads. The two parties (and their dynasties) that have dominated the political scene for decades desperately needed a wake-up call, but will voters risk instability in order […]

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Hungry?

Posted  February 21, 2013  by  Politis

Originally published by Stathis on February 19, 2013, at http://www.enikos.gr/stathis/121761,Apergia_dioti.html.

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Greek PM’s letter to the European Council (in English and Greek)

Posted  June 28, 2012  by  ip-admin

The letter in English: Athens, 27 June 2012 As I have already informed you, I will unfortunately not be able to attend the current European Summit, due to an eye operation I had to undergo. Greece will be represented by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias. With this letter I would like […]

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Greek islands for sale

Posted  March 4, 2013  by  Politis

Excerpts from an article by Helena Smith in today’s Guardian about the projected sale of a privately owned chain of islands in the Greek Ionian Sea. “The suitor is one of the world’s wealthiest men; the location happens to be the eurozone’s poorest country. But in an unlikely coming together of economic circumstances, the emir […]

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In search of a Greek social contract

Posted  February 24, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner I’ve been thinking a lot about the American Declaration of Independence. Let me explain by way of an anecdote. Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s long-time business associate, is blind in one eye, owing to complications in a cataract operation. As Alice Schroeder tells the story, Munger never blamed the doctor, instead accepting responsibility […]

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What they’re saying about us now

Posted  July 10, 2012  by  MK

An annotated collection of recommended articles about Greece and the eurozone, updated regularly by Politis’ summer staff intern, Miriam Kamil. To July 5, 2012 Ann Appelbaum of the Washington Post had this to say on June 29 about the immediate post-election climate in Greece.  It is an excellent recap of the events of the week […]

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Citizens or consultants?

Posted  November 24, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Zaid Jilani A few weeks ago, the massive consulting firm Deloitte came to my public policy school – the Maxwell School at Syracuse University – to conduct what it called a “case challenge.” The students who participated were separated into groups and presented with a sample consulting challenge. At the end of the multi-day […]

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Research on automobile infotainment system safety

Posted  April 7, 2014  by  Politis

The team at Navideck have created an online survey to determine the relative safety of infotainment systems in cars. While this is a start up and Politis does not endorse commercial products, we have posted occasional public service announcements on the issue of automobile and driver safety, and are similarly inspired in this instance. The […]

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New meaning to the word demos

Posted  February 24, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Laura Strieth “Iceland Mob Rule” is what the Guardian called it but to me it seems like an evolved form of democracy. A country with the oldest continuous parliament dating back to 930, had the 3rd largest financial meltdown in human history and as a response: rid themselves of their government, the central bank […]

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Journalists in jail

Posted  March 22, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Kostas Vaxevanis Journalism is often either invested with magic powers or blamed for all that is wrong in the world. Both positions are wrong. Journalism is the way, lonely most of the times, of truth. Often colleagues discuss journalistic objectivity as a mausoleum where we kneel down. There is no objectivity. What matters is […]

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Depositor’s rage

Posted  March 21, 2013  by  Politis

Helena Smith of the Guardian reports this from Nicosia on the evening of March 21: “At branches in Nicosia, the divided capital, Cypriots queued for hours in the hope of withdrawing cash with lines frequently moving at a snail’s pace because of the inability of cash machines to dispense more than €40 euro at a […]

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When politics invaded the civil service

Posted  April 25, 2012  by  PR

By Fotini Kalliri, Kathimerini, Athens Every so often experts talk about the systemic nature of the crisis in the Greek civil service, offering different opinions as to why the state mechanism is in such a shambles and cannot contribute in any positive way to the country’s economy and growth. One thing that they all agree […]

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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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The Bourgeois of Calais

Posted  November 13, 2015  by  DW

Le référendum a été un désastre : tels les bourgeois de Calais, Tsipras a dû se rendre à Bruxelles le 12 juillet avec un projet d’accord encore plus dur que celui qu’il avait soumis à référendum. It’s not an allusion I expect a Greek journalist would make under the circumstances. I so took for granted […]

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Saying of the day: 5/10/13

Posted  May 11, 2013  by  Politis

  “Unlike in Greece, corruption is not a way of life in Spain. Most Spaniards go about their daily business without ever paying a bribe. But experts say that the concentration of power in the hands of regional and municipal officials and their ties to the local savings banks created ideal conditions for corruption in […]

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Of technical competence

Posted  February 27, 2013  by  Politis

What do politicians do when they are not politicians? Or better yet, what did they do before they became politicians? Two scholars, Mark Hallerberg and Joachim Wehner, asked more or less these questions. They were particularly interested in the circumstances when an electorate would choose technocrats to lead a government. Their findings? “Our analysis of data […]

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