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The Eurosceptic Challenge in Greece – Interview with Ambassador Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos

EU Elections: The Eurosceptic Challenge in Greece and Beyond

by Barbara Van Haute, Millstone News, Canada

May 14, 2014


Elections for the European Parliament have been held every 5 years since 1979. Over this time, North Americans have paid limited attention to their conduct or outcome. The upcoming May 22-25 elections, however, appear to be drawing more interest from both the North American and Russian perspectives.

The ‘big question’ about this year’s EU parliamentary elections is whether the outcome will clearly demonstrate that the economic policies of the European Commission undermine both the stability and democratic ideals of the European Union. If the outcome does reflect a serious challenge to the nature and scope of the EU economic policies, then the European Union will be required to fundamentally change its policy course.


17.06.2013 – Greek Bail-Out: 77% went into the Financial Sector

Attac investigation shows: EU crisis management policy saves banks, not the general population

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Since March 2010, the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have applied 23 tranches comprising €206,9 billion to the so-called “Greek bail-out”. They have however provided hardly any documentation on the exact usage of those huge amounts of public funds. ATTAC Austria has therefore put up an investigation on the issue: At least 77% of the bail-out money can directly or indirectly be attributed to the financial sector. (more…)

Dimitris Kazakis – Cass Business School – April 11th 2013

Dimitris Kazakis addresses EPAM London – Greece must leave the Euro and the EU

Introduction by Tim Congdon, CBE
This is the English language version with the words of Dimitris Kazakis interpreted by Anthony Ragusis of EPAM London


Portraits of Greece in Crisis: a new documentary project

By Tamara van der Putten On March 28, 2013

Post image for Portraits of Greece in Crisis: a new documentary projectPortraits of Greece in Crisis is a new series of documentaries about the Greek crisis created to fulfill the need for an alternative crisis narrative.


Press release via

Portraits of Greece in Crisis is a series of independent and self-funded mini-documentaries about the Greek crisis. An ongoing project that was created in order to fulfill the need for an alternative crisis narrative, against an unprecedented big media propaganda.

Portraits of people through the daily routine of which the Greek crisis is being described, portraits of institutions that are collapsing and of conceptions that are being distorted during a crisis that is economic, political, cultural, moral and social.

In essence, Portraits of Greece in Crisis is a project that films the experiment executed upon Greece; a registration of today, that tomorrow will turn into a historical documentation of the crisis.

Five portraits have been released, until now. They describe the issues of unemployment, social state’s failure, resurgent fascism and xenophobia, as long as citizens’ efforts for self-organization against collapsing constitutions. The project aims to cover as widely as possible crisis’ spectrum in every corner of Greece and beyond.

The portrait “Kialo Amadu, minor immigrant in Athens”, one of the most popular films of the project, approaches the particularly sensitive issue of racism in a country which is forced into poverty. Kialo talks about his life in Athens and describes the real “danger” of a society, where compassion and solidarity are replaced by racism and xenophobia. (more…)

Greece: Crisis – Debt – Solution

Thursday 11 April 2013, 19:00-21:30
Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ
Room: LG002 


The event will include a lecture by Economist, Financial Analyst and General Secretary of EPAM, Dimitris Kazakis on the history and dynamic of the Greek debt, policies implemented which led to the climax of the debt crisis and his proposal for a possible solution to the issue.


Dimitris Kazakis, is an economist/financial analyst with many years of working experience within the Financial Industry having worked for numerous companies in Greece and abroad. Up until November 2011, Dimitris Kazakis was writing articles for many popular newspapers and magazines in Greece some of which are ‘Hellenic Nexus’ and ‘To Pontiki’. Since 2010, Dimitris Kazakis hosts a daily radio show dealing with Economics and Finance while in 2011 he published his first book titled ‘The Greek Pompey, the chronicle of an announced bankruptcy’. Dimitris Kazakis is currently the General Secretary of the United People’s Front (EPAM).
Timothy Congdon, is an economist and businessman, who has for over 30 years been a strong advocate of sound money and free markets in the UK’s public policy debates. He is often regarded as the UK’s leading ‘monetarist’ economist and as one of its most influential economic commentators. He was a member of the Treasury Panel of Independent Forecasters (the so-called ‘wise men’) between 1992 and 1997, which advised the Chancellor of the Exchequer on economic policy. Lombard Street Research, one of the City of London’s leading economic research consultancies, was founded by him in 1989. He was its Managing Director from 1989 to 2001 and its Chief Economist from 2001 to 2005.
Timothy Congdon, Tim Congdon has been a visiting professor at the Cardiff Business School and the City University Business School (now the Cass Business School). He was awarded the CBE for services to economic debate in 1997. A prolific writer of newspaper and magazine articles, and the author of nine books, his most recent book is Money in a Free Society, published by Encounter Books of New York in late 2011.


Greece is a country with a modern history of 183 years while the history of its external debt has a modern history of 189 years. This lecture will include an extended analysis on the history and dynamic of the Greek debt starting from the distant 1824 and the very first loans given by the City leading up to the current situation. The relationship between the trends in national debt and politics will be thoroughly examined while Mr. Kazakis, will be presenting his thesis for a possible solution to the major issue of the Greek national debt and the current financial crisis within the Eurozone. His radical thesis includes an extended plan based on the principle of an immediate exit from the Eurozone and the use of the national currency as a basic stimulus for growth through the nationalization of the Greek banking system.
Among others, Mr. Kazakis in his lecture will present his own predictions for Greece and the Eurozone in general using his expertize on international economics which led him to become the first economist in Greece who since 2001 had accurately predicted the dramatic increase in Greece’s national debt and the current financial crisis in Europe while since December 2012 he had accurately predicted the Deposits Haircut in Cyprus. The lecture will be concluded by an open discussion with the audience.

Halkidiki: where neither numbers nor people thrive

“Come and invest in Greece! Don’t worry about those rebellious local communities; we will safeguard your investments, all in the name of development!”

By Leonidas Oikonomakis On March 13, 2013

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Photo: Protesters and residents from a holiday resort in Northern Greece march against plans by a Canadian company to build a gold mine in the area, in Athens, on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The protest against the venture in the Halkidiki peninsula follows clashes with police last week between residents and riot police near the site of the proposed mine. The banner reads ”No to gold and disaster. Cops out from Halkidiki.”

There’s a book by Francesco Guccini and Loriano Macchiavelli in which a “spirit” comes down from the Apennine mountains to sabotage the Bologna-Florence railway. Nobody knew who it was and it became kind of a legend among the workers, because the sabotage was a revenge for an explosion in a tunnel that cost the lives of many of their co-workers.

There’s another similar story that Ivo Andric narrates in his “Bridge on the Drina”: the Bosnian peasants are obliged by the Ottoman central authority to take up forced labor in order for a bridge to be constructed over the river. At some point the peasants rebel and, under the leadership of a certain Radislav from Uniste, decide to sabotage the construction. So at nights, they go and destroy what is built during the day, or make the equipment “disappear” — into the river of course. They spread the rumor that the vilas (fairies) of the water just don’t want the bridge to be built.

That’s what last month’s events in Halkidiki in Northern Greece reminded me of… (more…)