Dimitris Katsikas, Head of the Crisis Observatory, was interviewed by George Findikakis for the site Liberal.gr on Greek growth prospects and the performance of the Greek labour market. Concerning the economic prospects of Greece, Dr. Katsikas referred to the positive development of solid growth rates of over 2% for the first three quarters of the year, noting however that grey areas still remain mainly regarding pending privatisations and incomplete reforms. …Read More
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D. Katsikas, Head of Crisis Observatory, spoke to the Austrian newspaper Der Standard about the forthcoming parliamentary snap elections of July 2019 in Greece. Dr. Katsikas mentioned among others: “When SYRIZA was formed in 2012, it promised to bring about policy change, a catharsis where the old practices would no longer occur.” He noted that voter turnout will be crucial but it is unclear to what extent it will be …Read More
D. Katsikas, Head of Crisis Observatory, spoke to Stefano Carrer and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 ORE about the result of the European parliament elections 2019 in Greece. Dr. Katsikas noted: “The victory of New Democracy was not really a surprise, since it had been indicated for months by opinion polls, as was the difference between the parties. In the latter stages of the campaign Alexis Tsipras’ personal involvement, …Read More
Dr. Katsikas, Head of the Crisis Observatory participated in the 2nd International Conference “Europe in Discourse”, whose headline theme for 2018 was “Agendas of Reform”. The Conference took place on September 21-23 in Athens, Greece. Dr. Katsikas organized a thematic panel on the “Framing the Crisis: Public Discourses and Attitudes on EU and Germany in Greece during the Crisis”. He also participated in the panel as a speaker; his presentation …Read More
The ‘A. G. Leventis Foundation Research Chair’ is a new research programme focusing on European political economy issues of Greek interest. The Chair is funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation and has been in operation since October 2017. As part of the Chair’s activities a research project entitled “Reforms in Public Administration during the crisis: Review, Description, Evaluation” is carried out for the period 2017-18. The project is coordinated by …Read More
D. Katsikas, Head of Crisis Observatory, spoke with Alkyone Karamanolis, of the German public radio station B5 actuell, on the evolution of the Greek crisis and the country’s effort to dodge bankruptcy through the three Memoranda of Understanding. The story is available in German here.
Dr. Katsikas, Head of Crisis Observatory participated in the International Seminar “Crises and Institutions in Latin America and Europe”, which took place on October 30, in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The seminar was held in the framework of the bi-regional research programme Jean Monnet Network “Crisis-Equity-Democracy for Europe and Latin America” in which the Crisis Observatory participates. Dr. Katsikas referred to European citizens’ perceptions vis a vis the European Union after …Read More
The book is the result of an initiative by ELIAMEP’s Crisis Observatory and its objective is to offer answers to much debated questions about the Greek crisis. Is the Greek public debt sustainable? Is it possible to sustain high primary fiscal surpluses continuously for many years? Are Greeks over-taxed? Is the Greek public sector too big? Can Greece become more competitive by reducing wages alone? What is the purpose of …Read More
People in Britain were heavily misinformed vis-à-vis the ‘costs’ and ‘burdens’ of the EU, and this issue was only partially tackled and very late in the course of the campaign. All in all, the kind of anti-establishment, anti-elitist, anti-globalisation, anti-immigration rhetoric which has been gaining ground continentally, is populism at its worst. The ‘decent’, ‘hardworking’, ‘every-day’ people whose best interests European populists claim to have at heart are, sadly, in …Read More
Drawing on a new dataset, I explore the dynamics of national wealth accumulation in Greece since 1997, and suggest a thought-provoking narrative on the causes of the Greek depression. I show that about two-thirds of the increase in external public debt during the pre-crisis period inside the euro area can be attributed to factors other than fiscal indiscipline. A positive wealth effect tied to the housing bubble resulted in a …Read More