gchp has written 19 posts for Greece // the history of a crisis

Samaras Vs the Golden Dawn: Why Now?

The Leadership of the Golden Dawn is in prison.  This is the moment that the party ceased to be acceptable, or defensible, or controllable, or useful as a parliamentary presence. Will these arrests lead to a decline of the appeal of the Golden Dawn? Part of the fascists’ drive is their self-perception as anti-systemic and … Continue reading

The Least Happy People in Europe?

Few days ago, news headlines announced that Greeks had become the least happy people in Europe. This is according to the 2013 UN Happiness Report. It does not go more official than that. The crisis has managed to trump over the famous three Ss for which Greece is most known to tourists – Sun, Sex … Continue reading

Blocking Democracy Out of the Public Space

Forbidding access to public spaces in moments of political significance is a tactic used with increased frequency by the Greek government. Dissent is thus becoming ever more difficult to be expressed in public, while parliamentary politics and people’s politics hardly ever cross paths.  

Who is Who: Antonis Samaras

Antonis Samaras (Αντώνης Σαμαράς) is the leader of the conservative party New Democracy since 2009, and prime minister since June 2012. Samaras first came to political prominence as foreign minister in the early 1990s, when he established his reputation as a nationalist, largely due to his role in the ‘Macedonian’ [‘Μακεδονικό’] debacle that still haunts … Continue reading

The Greek Chapter of the ‘Shock Doctrine’

What makes Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism a pioneering study is that it connects a number of seemingly disparate stories of violent political and financial turnarounds from across the globe. From Pinochet’s Chile to Thatcher’s Britain, and from Yeltsin’s Russia to the US/UK occupied Iraq, the book traces the rising … Continue reading

Changing Habits in Sophia’s Tavern

Sophia owns and runs a restaurant in the middle class suburbs of northeast Athens. She has been in the job for more than 25 years. In January 2013, we sat down with her and took down the following points she made – changing only her name: Rise in Taxes •    The most direct blow from … Continue reading

The Promise of Growth: October 2013

The interplay between Hope and Fear has been a very strong element in how the Greek crisis has been managed at the level of public narratives. Financial Numbers and Political Words have been constantly mixed in ways that produce totally disparate pictures: from predictions of absolute doom (eg Grexit) to visions of a ‘light at … Continue reading

Clandestina: Migrant News from Greece

Migration is one of the key fronts on which the effects of the crisis are negotiated and fought. As is happening throughout ‘Fortress Europe’, migrants in Greece are denied a full voice in the public mainstream. To keep up-to-date with the migrants’ voice visit the website of the Thessaloniki-based Clandestina network. This is an excellent … Continue reading

Makis Voridis: Far Right and Mainstream

The rise of the star of Makis Voridis – from the far-right margins of respectability to the main halls of parliament and government (minister for Public Infrastructure in 2011-2012, parliamentary spokesman for New Democracy in 2012-2014, and now Health minister) –  opens a window to the ways that the Greek political and media establishments facilitated, step … Continue reading