George Kassimeris

Women and terrorism in Greece: The story of Pola Roupa

Pola Roupa was the first and only female leader of a Greek terrorist group. Drawing on primary research, George Kassimeris offers an insight into the role and experience of a leading female militant inside Greece’s gender-conservative and overwhelmingly male-dominated armed struggle movement.

On 21 February 2016, Pola Roupa, Greece’s most-wanted terrorist and leader of the Revolutionary Struggle (RS) group, stunned […]

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The ideal Greek everyman: Andreas Papandreou at 100

Former Greek prime minister Andreas Papandreou is widely regarded as a key figure not only in contemporary Greek history, but in 20th century European politics. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, George Kassimeris writes on the legacy of an ideal Greek everyman whose years in power were touched with national pride, but who in the end failed to […]

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    The scars of the past remain, but Spain must accept the reality of its history rather than trying to rewrite it

The scars of the past remain, but Spain must accept the reality of its history rather than trying to rewrite it

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Spain’s constitution, which was ratified by a referendum on 6 December 1978. George Kassimeris writes that despite the country’s progress over the last four decades, the ghosts of the past have not been fully laid to rest. He argues that rather than trying to re-write the reality of their history, Spanish citizens must […]

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The slow downfall of Theresa May

UK prime minister Theresa May is set to deliver her speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham later today. As George Kassimeris explains, the event has been dominated by divisions in the party over Brexit, with many observers predicting this could be May’s last conference speech as prime minister. He argues that while she might not lead her […]

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    Leadership is about character, courage and empathy: Alexis Tsipras has failed on all fronts during the Greek fires

Leadership is about character, courage and empathy: Alexis Tsipras has failed on all fronts during the Greek fires

At least 91 people have been killed in wildfires in Greece, with the Greek government, led by Alexis Tsipras, facing criticism over its handling of the disaster. George Kassimeris argues that the response from Tsipras constituted a failure of political leadership, and it is difficult to see how he will be able to re-establish his reputation and the reputation […]

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    History will judge ETA as a failed terrorist group, but there are lessons to be learned

History will judge ETA as a failed terrorist group, but there are lessons to be learned

The Basque separatist group ETA has formally announced it is disbanding, following a decades-long campaign that claimed the lives of over 800 people. George Kassimeris writes that ETA’s conception of the political environment was always one of resistance and violence. But while history will judge ETA as a failed terrorist group, the lesson for the rest of Europe is […]

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The epic political elegance of Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to the UK was closely followed by the British press, with his comments on Brexit and Donald Trump generating a large number of headlines. George Kassimeris writes that Macron’s visit underlined his credentials as a transformative political leader. And with Angela Merkel’s authority damaged by the results of last year’s German federal election, […]

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    What monsters like General Mladić can teach us about human conflict

What monsters like General Mladić can teach us about human conflict

Ratko Mladić, the former Bosnian Serb general, was found guilty of genocide and war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 22 November. George Kassimeris argues that as long as there is war and human conflict, there will always be people willing to commit atrocities in exchange for power and privilege. But if we […]

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    Boris Johnson has demonstrated a capacity for scheming that Machiavelli would have applauded

Boris Johnson has demonstrated a capacity for scheming that Machiavelli would have applauded

The UK’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, is set to address the Conservative Party conference today amidst suggestions that he is deliberately undermining Theresa May’s leadership of the party. George Kassimeris argues that for all the criticism Boris receives, he has demonstrated a capacity for scheming and ruthlessness that Machiavelli would have applauded, and which could yet take him into […]

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    The London attack traumatised all of us living in the UK, but we must not allow it to poison and divide us

The London attack traumatised all of us living in the UK, but we must not allow it to poison and divide us

Reflecting on the terrorist attack that took place in London on 22 March, which claimed the lives of four people, George Kassimeris writes on the nature of the modern terrorist threat that countries across Europe must now tackle. He notes that while the attack was traumatic for everyone living in the UK, it cannot be allowed to foster divisions in society.

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    The ‘burkini’ ban illustrates the unequal cultural power that shapes the lives of Muslims in Europe

The ‘burkini’ ban illustrates the unequal cultural power that shapes the lives of Muslims in Europe

The banning of the ‘burkini’ by a number of French municipalities has generated heated discussion about the nature of secularism in France. George Kassimeris and Leonie Jackson write that the burkini ban, alongside attempts to restrict the use of religious symbols and clothing in other European countries, demonstrates the unequal cultural power that shapes the lives of Muslims in […]

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