Apr 11 2016

The Hellenic Observatory at LSE celebrates its 20th anniversary

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Kevin Oct 2013 croppedBy Kevin Featherstone

The Hellenic Observatory, located in LSE’s European Institute, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. Kevin Featherstone looks back at its story so far.

In the mid-1990s, a campaign was launched to establish a Chair on Contemporary Greece that was neither concerned with the ancient or classical past, nor the arts and humanities. LSE would champion the study of contemporary Greek society, politics and economics and it established the ‘Eleftherios Venizelos Chair in Contemporary Greek Studies’. This was endowed by philanthropic donations from some thirteen donors in Greece, at the time one of the largest donations made to the School. The Chair was to be a fully tenured, academic post in LSE, established in perpetuity. Continue reading

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Apr 6 2016

Greece. The country with the half Drachma

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By Andreas Koutras

A few days after the introduction of the bank capital controls and with thousands of pensioners queuing up outside the bank branches, the Prime Minister’s Office received a piece of research on the effect of the capital controls on the electorate. The data disclosed were very surprising even counter-intuitive. It was apparent that the closing of the banks had a very small negative effect. Continue reading

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Mar 9 2016

Experiments with austerity and anti-poverty policies in Greece: “Like Hodja’s donkey: it died just after it learned not to eat”

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Arapoglou ImageBy Vassilis P. Arapoglou

In this brief note I want to summarize the scope of my presentation at the LSE research seminar on March 8, 2016. My aim is to reflect upon the findings of a research project on homelessness and poverty in the Athens, which was conducted with the support of the Hellenic Observatory and the National Bank of Greece, so as to shed some light on the contemporary debate and the negotiations between Greece and its lenders for the future of social policies in Greece. More specifically, I want to discuss the role of civil society organizations in the design and implementation of anti-poverty policies under austerity. Continue reading

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Feb 24 2016

Still Europeanized? Greek Foreign Policy during the Eurozone Crisis

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AngelosChryssogelosCropBy Angelos Chryssogelos

The Eurozone crisis is now widely seen as a threshold for Greek politics, society and state structures. While there has been heightened attention in Greece and internationally on the impact of the crisis across a range of policy areas, there has been less attention on the impact of the crisis on Greek foreign policy. Continue reading

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Feb 16 2016

NATO’s Migrant Mission in the Aegean Raises Major Questions for Greek Foreign Policy

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AngelosChryssogelosCropBy Angelos Chryssogelos

On 11 February the ministers of defense of NATO agreed to a joint proposal by Germany, Greece and Turkey to involve NATO in the efforts to stem the wave of migrants moving into the Aegean islands from Turkey. While there are still many unclear points about the exact activities of the NATO mission, the political framework of the agreement can be considered prima facie as very problematic for Greek positions and interests. Continue reading

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Feb 10 2016

The Agent-Structure Issue in Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) – The “Macedonian” issue

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EvangelopoulosBy Georgios Evangelopoulos

It was a pleasure and an honour to spend a semester (January 2014 – July 2014) as a post-doctoral research fellow at the LSE Hellenic Observatory, during which I was preoccupied with the topic of agent-structure in International Relations Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis, attempting to apply the conclusions reached in that field to the analysis of Greek Foreign Policy towards FYROM. Continue reading

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Feb 1 2016

To live or to survive?

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PhotoThaliaMBy Thalia Magioglou

To live or to survive?
That is the question for the Greek Youth. And not only

This phrase belongs to one of the participants of my last study on Democracy, but it has been repeated by many of them: young adults between 18 and 30 year’s old. They have been interviewed in Greece, from November 2015 to January 2016. I have asked them “if I tell you the word Democracy, what comes to your mind”? The study follows a grounded theory, qualitative and psycho-political scientific approach. The objective is the social representation of democracy for the Greek Youth over time: before and during the crisis. Continue reading

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Jan 19 2016

A quick guide to one more Greek Pension Reform

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Platon914_smBy Platon Tinios

Greek ruins tend to be picturesque, blending destroyed architectural fragments with dramatic settings. The succession of columns, marbles and pediments, after a few repetitions, becomes confusing; only the tourist with the good guidebook finds her way around. She does not miss the must-see bits and is able afterwards to put all the different ruins in a sequence that makes sense and can tell a story worth remembering. Continue reading

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Jan 15 2016

Hopes and Doubts: Kyriakos Mitsotakis as New Democracy Leader

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By Angelos Chryssogelos

On 10 January the supporters of New Democracy (ND), Greece’s centre-right opposition party, elected in the second round of a primary Kyriakos Mitsotakis as the party’s eighth leader since 1974 (not counting two interim leaders). After a year of dominance of Greek politics by Syriza and Alexis Tsipras, Mitsotakis’ election by hundreds of thousands of voters carries the promise of a real alternative slowly materializing. This note will present some conclusions from the election process, and the questions and prospects that are opened up by Mitsotakis’ victory. Continue reading

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Jan 11 2016

Greek Elites and Greek-Turkish Relations: Towards an Impasse?

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D Triantaphyllou(Smallersize)By Dimitris Triantaphyllou

The ongoing economic crisis in Greece since 2008 has had an impact, primarily negative on the social, political, and economic fabric of the polity writ large. The question is whether it has had an impact on policy making as well. A recent study I conducted with my colleague Kostas Ifantis for the Hellenic Observatory with a generous grant from the National Bank of Greece on the perceptions of Greek Foreign Policy elites perceive and how they view Greece’s role in the international arena; Turkey and Turkish foreign policy; and Greek-Turkish relations may provide some answers on the impact on foreign policy making. Continue reading

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