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a spectre is haunting Europe – Pasokification

A slice of recent Greek history has been immortalised as a new word in the European political vocabulary. In English it is most commonly known as ‘pasokification’, in French as ‘pasokisation’, and in German ‘PASOKisierung’, while somewhere in the web there even appeared a verb, to ‘pasokieren’. It is now common currency among politicians and … Continue reading

Pasokisation: Το ΠΑΣΟΚ ώς Ευρωπαïκή αλληγορία

Στα Αγγλικά το λένε ‘pasokification’, στα γαλλικά ‘pasokisation’, και στα γερμανικά ‘PASOKisierung’ ενώ μια στιγμή ακούστηκε και το ρήμα ‘pasokieren’. Ο όρος πρωτοεμφανίστηκε μετά τις εκλογές του 2012, αρχικά αραιά και πού αλλά από τον Ιανουάριο του 2015 και μετά η χρήση του έχει γενικευθεί. Tο χρησιμοποιούν πολιτικοί στις συνεντέυξεις τους, δημοσιογράφοι το βάζουν τίτλο … Continue reading

The Rise of Makis Voridis Or How the Far Right became Mainstream

Until 2010 Makis Voridis (Μάκης Βορίδης) was mainly known as a politician with a long-term association with the far right. Few wanted to be seen in his company. But the crisis offered Voridis the opportunity to move from the margins. By late 2011 he had entered the main halls of government, and since then he … Continue reading

Who is Who: Alexis Tsipras

Alexis Tsipras (Αλέξης Τσίπρας) is leader of the left coalition SYRIZA (ΣΥΡΙΖΑ) that since 2012 is the main opposition in the Greek parliament. In the 2014 European elections he stood as the candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, for the cross-national European Left alliance. Born in 1974, Tsipras has been often hailed as … Continue reading

Who is Who: Giorgos Papandreou

Giorgos Papandreou (Γιώργος Παπανδρέου) was prime minister of Greece between September 2009 and November 2011, leader of PASOK from February 2004 to March 2012, and president of the Socialist International from 2006 to the present. Under his premiership Greece entered officially the crisis. He was the third Papandreou to become prime-minister of Greece. His grandfather … Continue reading

// De-Democratisation / Απο-Δημοκρατικοποιηση

Democracy has been one of the main victims of the crisis. In parliament the law-making process is consistently bypassed and ridiculed. Hard-won articles of the constitution are erased in an instant on the Troika’s whim. In everyday life long-held basic principles seem to have been forgotten. In the streets, the freedom to move and protest … Continue reading

Κλειστοί Δρόμοι, Απαγορευμένες Πόλεις και η Απο-Δημοκρατικοποίηση του Δημόσιου Χώρου: Πώς, Πότε και Γιατί

Απαγορεύσεις διαδηλώσεων, κλειστοί σταθμοί του μετρό, αποκλεισμένες  λεωφόροι, άδειες πλατείες σε αστυνομικό κλοιό, ειναι πλέον μιά σύνηθης εικόνα από τις πόλεις της ελληνικής κρίσης. Στην άκρη των δημοσιογραφικών εικόμνων, πέρα από τα μπλόκα, ίσα ίσα που διακρίνονται λίγοι απτόητοι διαδηλωτές, στριμωγμένοι όπου κανείς δεν υπάρχει να τους ακούσει ή να τους δεί. Αυτή είναι η … Continue reading

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

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