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The 2007 HO Annual Lecture

                Is Democracy in Crisis? Lessons from the Greek Experience

Dr Costas Simitis
Former Prime Minister of Greece  


Date  Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Time 18:30 - 20:00
Venue Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Chair Professor Kevin Featherstone, Hellenic Observatory Director

Dr Costas Simitis, former Prime Minister of Greece, gave the Annual Lecture of the Hellenic Observatory for 2007. Dr Simitis, an alumnus of the School since he graduated in Economics in 1963, chose as his theme: 'Is Democracy in Crisis? Lessons from the Greek Experience'. Reviewing the evidence of increased public disenchantment with the contemporary political process in Europe, Dr. Simitis argued that voters could be re-engaged in political life by serious and honest debate on policy alternatives.

Moreover, the European Union's position could be enhanced, for example, by it being seen as natural that national leaders from one country might support the electoral campaigns of their peers in another member state. The lecture, which was held in the Old Theatre, was attended by some 450 guests. The lecture was followed by a public reception and a private dinner.

In introducing the former Prime Minister, Professor Kevin Featherstone noted that the establishment at the LSE of the Eleftherios Venizelos Chair in Contemporary Greek Studies had occurred during Dr Simitis' Government. He thanked Dr Simitis for the support he had given to this initiative.

Dr Simitis was accompanied by his daughter, Marilena, who obtained her PhD from the School in 2002.  

Related articles - Greek press and media
Given the current developments in PASOK, Dr Simitis's lecture received great publicity in the Greek media:, Eleytherotypia, Kathimerini, Naftemporiki, Ethnos


                                                               EVENT PHOTOS 

From left to right:
Professor Kevin Featherstone; LSE Pro-Director George Gaskell;
Dr Costas Simitis, Ms Marilena Simitis & Dr Spyros Economides


From left to right: Professor Kevin Featherstone;
Dr Kostas Simitis & Dr Spyros Economides




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