Impressions and Reflections from Athens

Less than a week ago, I looked on as people in Athens’ Syntagma Square danced and proudly waved Greek flags in jubilation after voting no to Europe-imposed austerity. Polls confirmed that their side prevailed overwhelmingly nationwide in the historic referendum on whether Greeks should accept the most recent memorandum proposed by the European leadership. A … Continue reading Impressions and Reflections from Athens

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IMIA AUTHOR: TURKEY STILL “UNPREDICTABLE AND DANGEROUS”

From my post on the Hellenic American Leadership Council Blog: Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Imia crisis, a showdown between Greece and Turkey over a couple small islets in the Aegean that brought the two countries to the brink of war.  Though armed conflict was ultimately averted, the crisis set the tone for … Continue reading IMIA AUTHOR: TURKEY STILL “UNPREDICTABLE AND DANGEROUS”

Don’t Shoot Hermes: A Conversation with a Greek Journalist

"Violence is not something that concerns only journalists; it exists on a more general level." In part one of this series focusing on the state of media freedom in Greece, I speak with Mathaios Papoikonomou-Sideris,  an international news editor at newsbeast.gr, a Greek news web site. I met Mathaios in France through a mutual friend, … Continue reading Don’t Shoot Hermes: A Conversation with a Greek Journalist