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Greece went though its worst post-war economic crisis. The repercussions of the crisis have deeply affected all areas of economic, social and political life. At the same time, the EU also faced  a severe crisis, the worst in its history.

In this context, initiatives for the systematic and scientific documentation, study and analysis of the crisis in both Greece and Europe were sorely needed.

The Crisis Observatory aimed to answer this call. The Crisis Observatory was an initiative of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), with the support of the “Stavros Niarchos” Foundation.

ELIAMEP is an independent, non-profit and policy-oriented research and training institute. It neither expresses, nor represents, any specific political party view. It is only devoted to the right of free and well-documented discourse.

The Crisis Observatory shared the same philosophy. Its primary objective was to become a central hub for information, research and dialogue for both the Greek and European crises. The Crisis Observatory’s guiding principle was the presentation of new research, policy proposals and information, which are based on solid arguments and empirical evidence, with a view to improving the level of public discourse about the crisis.

In order to achieve this objective, the Crisis Observatory’s work was organized around three central pillars:

  • The provision of educational material (often through the use of interactive applications) with a view to enhance the ability of the average citizen, who often does not possess specialized economic knowledge, to understand basic parameters of the crisis.
  • The provision of serious, evidence-based and representative, in terms of subject focus and theoretical/political approaches, information about the crisis.
  • Intervention in the public discourse about the crisis, through the creation of a venue for the free expression of different views and policy proposals  and the encourangement, funding and promulgation of new research about the crisis.