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Criminal matters

Posted  October 30, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner There has been a lot of talk recently, both in Greece and in the US, about criminal behavior at the highest levels of political life. In the US, one party has allegedly sought to blackmail and extort the government in the recent standoff over the shut down of the federal government. Here […]

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Greek Election Coverage 2012

Posted  May 5, 2012  by  PR

Hellenic Elections Election Central 2012 Rolling coverage by the team at the Dukakis Center of elections in Greece, France, and Serbia. Monday 23:34 No comment. Tuesday 01:05 Griechenland its unregierbar. Tuesday 00:27 Wealthy Frenchmen are taking their money and running. Maybe they will find some Greeks who left early to avoid the new taxes. Tuesday […]

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What will it feel like to vote this time?

Posted  May 5, 2012  by  pdcadmin

In this post we publish the responses of a group of young Greek voters to the question, “How will you feel when you go to vote in Sunday’s elections?” It is perfectly certain for a responsible and thoughtful citizen that his right to participate in politics by voting is not so simple. In a democratic […]

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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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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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You don’t have to go to Greece, you know…

Posted  February 3, 2014  by  pdcadmin

By Francesca Kareivis I had to get a physical examination to study abroad and when I told my doctor I was going to Greece the first thing she said was “You know, it’s not too late… You don’t have to go.” Needless to say, not many people supported my decision to study in Greece. And […]

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Saying of the day: 3/29/13

Posted  March 29, 2013  by  Politis

  “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” — John Kenneth Galbraith

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And what about the political corruption?

Posted  March 12, 2013  by  M P

By Maria Patsarika I read an article by Thanasis Skokos in Protagon yesterday about corruption. Actually, it is one of the many articles out there discussing the extent to which politicians who have misused power and public funds are now confronting justice and people’s outrage. Laying responsibilities on the financial side of things is a […]

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Conceptions of politics: changing patterns in Greece

Posted  April 14, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Kostas A. Lavdas Greeks know a thing or two about politics. But the reasons why they do – the conditions that help nurture a political culture prone to intense politicization – are diverse and, at least some of them, divergent. In fact, as I have suggested elsewhere, political development in modern Greece can be […]

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…making more of a difference than anybody in government could possibly make

Posted  October 9, 2013  by  Politis

Politis has posted a lot lately on the potential impact of IT companies like Google on politics. George Packer has an excellent article just out in the New Yorker which examines the question in some detail. Many IT engineers and researchers, while apolitical at face value, have a deeply embedded belief in the social utility […]

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Wanted: the right kind of Greeks

Posted  March 23, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner A contestant in a British reality show called “The Apprentice” has indicated in an interview that there are certain types of children she will not allow her own kids to play with. For one, they need to have the right sort of name. “At the risk of sounding snobbish, I also favour […]

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Citizen walkers, walking citizens

Posted  March 13, 2014  by  DW

By David Wisner This past Sunday I finally had an opportunity to experience a car-free waterfront. I went down to Leoforos Nikis and sat with some students — young people who were born and raised in Thessaloniki — to enjoy the hush and feel the energy of citadins taking their morning promenade. We got to […]

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The enemies of public broadcasting

Posted  June 11, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner As luck would have it, I happened to log on to Facebook today just around the time that two transplanted Athenian acquaintances commented on news reports announcing the imminent closure and restructuring of the Greek public broadcasting service ERT. The one, a retired diplomat who hobnobs with foreign investors and rails day […]

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Look who’s running! (journalists and politics)

Posted  April 23, 2014  by  Politis

Politis asked Maria Patsarika, Krysta Kalachani, and David Wisner to comment on a recent article on tvxs.gr by journalist Stelios Koulouglou, a candidate for Syriza for the European Parliament. How compelling are Mr Koulouglou’s arguments likely to be among Greek voters? What does the inclusion of several journalists on the lists of the political parties […]

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News on the street

Posted  November 8, 2013  by  Politis

A picture says more than 1000 words, or so they say. And now, the news.      

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Sins of our fathers

Posted  March 27, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner On days like this past Sunday (March 25) we celebrate the heroic exploits of our forebears. We characteristically posit that knowledge of such exploits constitutes one of the cornerstones of modern citizenship. What a contrast with our own elders, one might muse. Indeed, like many before it, our age is prone to […]

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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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Pedro Olalla: a crisis of citizenship

Posted  January 24, 2013  by  Politis

Pedro Olalla, Spanish author and Philhellene, was Popi Tsapanidou’s final guest on Thursday’s Tora, discussing his experience living in Athens and his attempts to understand the crisis wracking Greek society. He also introduced his new book, Ελλάδος Ελάσσων Ιστορία, published in 2012 by Papazisi, and offered his thoughts on how his native Spain represents what […]

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Sharks in the Aegean?

Posted  April 13, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Livingston T. Merchant For one who loves Greece, at least the way it was five years, or even better, before it entered the candy shop of the Euro zone, there is nothing at all in the news to cause optimism about the future. The country is being systematically destroyed by very clever people who […]

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Opa!

Posted  May 30, 2013  by  Politis

A nice ad from Aegean. When you come to Greece learn to do it the Greek way.

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