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This section contains original papers written exclusively for the Crisis Observatory. The Observatory hosts three different publication series: opinion articles, policy papers and research papers. Authors interested in contributing a paper in any category can find instructions here. Access to the Crisis Observatory papers is free.

Participation of Dr. Katsikas, Head of the Crisis Observatory, in the 2nd International Conference “Europe in Discourse”

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

Chair of the A. G. Leventis Foundation

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

Interview of D. Katsikas, Head of Crisis Observatory, to German public radio station

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.

Participation of Dr. Katsikas, Head of Crisis Observatory, in International Seminar for the research programme Jean Monnet Network “Crisis-Equity-Democracy for Europe and Latin America”

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

Understanding the Greek Crisis: Answers to Key Questions about the State, the Economy and Europe (in Greek), edited by Dimitris Katsikas, Kyriakos Filinis and Marianthi Anastasatou, has just been published by Papazisis publications.

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

Pavlos Efthymiou: After the UK Referendum, the Main Trial: Save Europe!

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

Paul-Adrien Hyppolite:Towards a Theory on the Causes of the Greek Depression: An Investigation of National Balance Sheet Data (1997-2014)

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

Charalambos Tsekeris, Maria Pinguli, Elpida Georga: Young People’s Perception of Economic Crisis in Contemporary Greece: A Social Psychological Pilot Study

Contemporary Greece is currently in a turbulent process of crisis and recession. Arguably, one segment of the Greek society is experiencing more suffering than most: young people. It is thus of great importance to understand young generation’s needs and attitudes in order to alleviate pain, to build up active inclusion strategies and to enhance civic participation. The present social psychological pilot study aims to show how Greek young adults perceive …Read More

George Tzogopoulos: Assessing the Image of Germany in the Greek Media Visual analysis of Greek Media Reports on the Role of Germany in the Greek Crisis

This study attempts to analyse the representation of Germany in the Greek press during the ongoing economic crisis covering the period 2010-2013. In so doing, it starts with a discussion on the main theoretical aspects explaining the relationship between media and politics in the relevant literature of political communication. It then concentrates on the issue of the European public sphere which is concerned with potential ‘European frames’ in the portrayal of Germany in the Greek …Read More

Antonis Kamaras: The tragedy and last minute triumph of the Greek commons

The tragedy of the commons ‘denotes a situation where individuals acting independently and rationally according to each’s self-interest behave contrary to the best interests of the whole group by depleting some common resource’. This article will make two points. First, that Greece coming so close to exit from the Eurozone, reflects typical ‘tragedy of the commons’ dynamics. Second, that the near certainty of euro exit, catalyzed by the resounding ‘no’ …Read More