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Interviews

In line with its objective to improve the level of public discourse about the crisis, the Crisis Observatory aims to host a series of interviews with Greek and foreign politicians and officials, as well as with respected academics, analysts and intellectuals. These interviews will be relatively limited in number; their objective is not to offer commentary on current events, but to contribute to a thorough and diverse analysis of the crisis and its effects.

Guntram Wolff, Director of Bruegel, Interview to Christina Vasilaki

Wolff: Greece will need a third loan agreement worth up to €20 bn. There is a pressing need for the two parties to reach an agreement, moving away from the prisoner’s dilemma scenario to the solution upon cooperation scenario, said Mr. Guntram Wolff in an interview to the Crisis Observatory. Mr. Wolff foresaw that Greece will need a third loan agreement between 10 and 20 bn. euros, in order to …Read More

Interview with Aristides N. Hatzis, Associate Professor at the Department of Methodology, History & Theory of Science (University of Athens)

Aristides N. Hatzis, Associate Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of Methodology, History & Theory of Science), answers the following questions of the Crisis Observatory, concerning Economics and the way it is being taught since the beginning of the crisis. (English subtitles available) Question 1: In the wake of both the financial crisis and the economic crisis that ensued (and continues to cause problems, especially to …Read More

Interview with Professor Emilios Avgouleas, inaugural holder of the International Banking Law and Finance Chair at the University of Edinburgh

Professor Emilios Avgouleas, inaugural holder of the International Banking Law and Finance Chair at the University of Edinburgh, answers the following questions of the Crisis Observatory, concerning Economics and the way it is being taught since the beginning of the crisis. (English subtitles available) Question 1: In the wake of both the financial crisis and the economic crisis that ensued (and continues to cause problems, especially to the European economy), …Read More

Interview with Nikos Theocharakis, Associate Professor of Political Economy and Economic History at the Department of Economics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Nikos Theocharakis, Associate Professor of Political Economy and Economic History at the Department of Economics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, answers the following questions of the Crisis Observatory, concerning Economics and the way it is being taught since the beginning of the crisis (English subtitles available): Question 1: In the wake of both the financial crisis and the economic crisis that ensued (and continues to cause problems, especially to the …Read More

Interview with Kostas Kostis, Professor of Economic & Social History at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Kostas Kostis, Professor of Economic and Social History at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, answers the following questions of the Crisis Observatory, concerning Economics and the way it is being taught since the beginning of the crisis (English subtitles available): Question 1: In the wake of both the financial crisis and the economic crisis that ensued (and continues to cause problems, especially to the European economy), Economics came …Read More

Interview with Giorgos Argitis, Associate Professor of Macroeconomics at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Giorgos Argitis, Associate Professor of Macroeconomics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of Economics), answers the following questions of the Crisis Observatory, concerning Economics and the way it is being taught since the beginning of the crisis (English subtitles available): Question 1: In the wake of both the financial crisis and the economic crisis that ensued (and continues to cause problems, especially to the European economy), Economics came …Read More

Interview with Nicos Christodoulakis, Professor at the Economic University of Athens

Nicos Christodoulakis, Professor at the Economic University of Athens, answers the following questions of the Crisis Observatory, concerning Economics and the way it is being taught since the beginning of the crisis (English subtitles available): Question 1: In the wake of both the financial crisis and the economic crisis that ensued (and continues to cause problems, especially to the European economy), Economics came under harsh criticism. This criticism involved its …Read More

Interview of Professor Peter Bofinger, Professor of Economics, Money & International Economic Relations at the University of Würzburg & member of the German government’s Council of Economic Advisors, to the Crisis Observatory

Professor Peter Bofinger makes an overall assessment of the handling of the crisis by the Eurozone and the European Central Bank, while explaining the essence of the term “Basket Eurobonds” and the potential creation of a European Recovery Programme. Moreover, he answers questions related to the role of Germany in the management of the European crisis, the sustainability of the Greek debt, as well as the prospect of a new …Read More

Interview of Professor Christos Gortsos, General Secretary of the Hellenic Bank Association, to the Crisis Observatory

Could you briefly describe the ways in which the Greek banking system was influenced by the crisis? First of all, we should clarify that over the past 7-8 years we have gone through two separate crises. The first one, i.e. the international financial crisis, which originated in the US, affected the banking systems of many countries through a process of spillover, but did not initially impact the Greek banking system. …Read More