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The negation of Greek particularity

The negation of Greek particularity by Antonis D. Papagiannidis When the story of the corona-virus pandemic of 2020 will be told (we are living through its first stage, don’t be fooled) we will re-discover aspects of the crisis we are missing in the heat of the fight. Nearing full lock-down in Greece and tracking day-by-day the measures taken by the Government - the persuasion campaign undertaken to ensure that “Stay at home!” becomes more than a slogan and the prevailing [...]

March 23rd, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of solidarity in the virus days

Of solidarity in the virus days by Antonis D. Papagiannidis As information – even more so, images: at such situations the flow of visual data wins the day – over the Covid-19 grows and grows, the notion of solidarity is ever more present in the forefront of public debate. If anything, solidarity would be the central tool to get through such difficult days. But … is it after all? A first glitch occurred when it became known that Germany, invoking [...]

March 16th, 2020|Online news / Blog|


Disappointments by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The generous offer of “help” from the Austrian-and-German strong-arm crowd, of fascist/racist/neo-nazi inclinations, to their kin in the Greek border at Evros (and, more dangerously, in the Northern Aegean islands where local vigilantes have been forming nuclei to hunt down refugees and immigrants crossing over from Turkey and to harass NGOs) may after all come to a disappointing end. Disappointing to this kind of crowd. In a seemingly abrupt about-face, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [...]

March 9th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Threat (and fear) is easy to spread, difficult to manage

Threat (and fear) is easy to spread, difficult to manage by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The way in which the corona-virus threat is spreading around the globe is impressive indeed. Covid-19 is capturing media time; health professionals supply information or even over-information; eerie images from China are supplanted by one of empty shelves in Italy; the World Health Organisation has been steadily raising the risk assessment for Covid-19 spread (and impact) to currently “very high”. Even in a country like Greece, [...]

March 3rd, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Fighting against the horror and against resignation on the refugee front

Fighting against the horror and against resignation on the refugee front by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The recent horror incident of the extreme-right wing, conspiracy-theory believer in Germany/Hanau (Hessen) who shot at close range on a peaceful crowd and slaughtered 9 people (before killing his own mother and committing suicide) carried a particularly vicious dimension: the perpetrator “explained” that his action was the only remedy to a situation, where the immigrants targeted (5 of them of Turkish descent, with German nationality) [...]

February 24th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

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|
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