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Assurances given, but tensions looming ahead

Assurances given, but tensions looming ahead by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Both debt servicers who have been loading up with Greek banks’ NPLs and the systemic banks themselves who still keep dud loans on their books (but are also participating in SVPs established in successive efforts to offload such loans) have been volunteering assurances to the Greek Government that they are in no way planning to call loans - especially those involving, directly or indirectly, family homes or small-business establishments. Such [...]

February 17th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

We live in thoroughly mediatized times

We live in thoroughly mediatized times by Antonis D. Papagiannidis It is quite interesting indeed, to see how everything in Greek public life gets deeply mediatised in this extremely tense period. To start from really serious issues, the ebb-and-flow pattern of tensions over the Greek-Turkish ever-spreading bouquet of disputes is increasingly dictated by the stance adopted in the media. Officials make public statements, then adjust them or even try to make them vanish – the case of Greek Defense Minister [...]

February 12th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Bicentenary talk

Bicentenary talk by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Since its very start, year 2020 sees preparations blossom for the celebration for the Bicentenary of the Greek Revolution that started on 1821. While the official, State-mandated “Greece 2021” Committee for the 1821-2021 celebrations – headed by Gianna Angelopoulos of Athens 2004 Games fame and comprising three dozen luminaries (among which Mark Mazower, Roderick Beaton and Richard Clogg) – was established in late 2019, last week a  different “Initiative 1821-2021” was announced with quite [...]

February 3rd, 2020|Online news / Blog|

An unpleasant situation

An unpleasant situation by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The January 19 Conference convened under the Berlin Process for Libya has produced little more than an intricate, Committee-laden roadmap to face the Libya civil war. For Greece, the major issue is the fact that it was kept away of the Berlin Conference hosted by the German Government; it was explained that the major issue of concern to Greece (and Cyprus), i.e. the Turkey-Libya MOU purporting to delimitate their respective Exclusive Economic Zones [...]

January 20th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

«Waiting for Palmer»

«Waiting for Palmer» by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Samuel Beckett’s minimalist play “Waiting for Godot” mobilises ritual, allegory and interplay of the tragic and the comic to raise deeper existential questions; Beckett’s great success and popularity over time was largely due to his work’s openness to interpretations. It may seem a bit sinful, but the one tangible outcome of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ official visit to the U.S. and his much-commented meeting with President Trump and much of the American [...]

January 13th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

45 years earlier

45 years earlier by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Usually, the start of a new year is a time for wishes; for positive thoughts; for planning ahead. This time round, it would rather seem a time for buckling up – especially so if one looks at things in our part of the world (such part being the South Balkans; the Eastern Mediterranean; the region earlier described in the West as the Near East). Greece – for this is the more specific place [...]

January 8th, 2020|Online news / Blog|
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