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Welcome to the Hellenic Observatory (HO), part of the European Institute at the LSE. Established in 1996, it is internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece.  Read more about the Hellenic Observatory

Statement on the Situation in Greece by the Hellenic Observatory Staff

On Thursday 2nd July 2015 we posted a statement on the impending Greek referendum. This was a text on behalf of the individual staff members of the Hellenic Observatory. Unfortunately, in the title as it was posted this was not made clear; indeed, it might have implied a commitment by the LSE or at least part of it. The LSE, of course, does not adopt a position on any political matter.

I accept full responsibility for this oversight and wish this statement to correct any misunderstanding.

Kevin Featherstone
Director of the Hellenic Observatory

  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was quoted in the article "Pourquoi la réunification de Chypre semble plus proche que jamais" [Why the Reunification of Cyprus seems closer than ever], L’Orient Le Jour (Lebanon) (22 July 2015)
  • Dr Spyros Economides gave evidence  on the current situation in Greece to the House of Lords  EU Sub Committee on Financial Affairs.
  • Dr Spyros Economides was interviewed on the consequences of  Greece’s bail out agreement on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme (14 July 2015). He was also interviewed on the developments in the Greek crisis by the Japanese daily newspaper Yomiuiri Shimbun (13 July 2015).
  • Dr Spyros Economides appeared on Newshour on BBC World Service Radio commenting on the political implications of the latest Greek bail out agreement (14 July 2015)
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone was interviewed by Thomas Aagaard in the article 'Professor: Græsk regering står over for kollaps' ("Professor: Greek government faces collapse"), Finans (13 July 2015)
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone was interviewed by ABC News Australia on the Greek crisis (13 July 2015)
  • Dr Spyros Economides commented on the Greek crisis for the BBC World Service US programme The World (13 July 2015)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was quoted in the article 'Atény môžu byť odstrašujúcim príkladom pre radikálov, tvrdí politológ' ("Athens can be a deterrent against radicalism, says political scientist"), Pravda (Slovakia) (13 July 2015)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was quoted in the article 'Busting the Myth of Russian Aid to Greece', Wall Street Journal (12 July 2015)
  • Dr Athanasia Chalari gave a live interview on BBC News on the Greek Crisis
    (9 July 2015)
  • Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis was cited in the following articles: IMF warns Greece needs debt extension, by Mike Dooley, LidTime.com ( 7 July 2015)
  • Dr James Ker Lindsay gave an interview at Monocle 24 about Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias's trip to Israel and Palestine (7 July 2015)
  • Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis was cited in the  article "Greek finance minister resigns" Armen Press ( 6 July 2015)
  • Dr Monastiriotis gave a live radio interview at BBC London Radio on the Greek crisis (6 July 2015)
  • Dr Monastiriotis gave a live TV interview on the Greek crisis at Sky News
    (6 July 2015)
  • Dr Monastiriotis discussed the events following the Greek referendum on BBC World News (6 July 2015)
  • Dr Monastiriotis gave a live radio interview to Monocle 24 Radio on 29/6, talking about the referendum in Greece (6 July 2015)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was interviewed live on the likely reaction of the European Union to the Greek referendum, LBC Radio (6 July 2015)
  • Professor Kevin Feathertsone gave a live interview on the Greek referendum,  BBC News (6 July 2015)
  • Professor Kevin Feathertsone gave an interview on the Greek referendum on BBC World (6 July 2015)

The Hellenic Observatory Team will be busy over the summer putting together an exciting programme of public events for the next academic year. More details will be announced nearer the time.

Have a nice summer and see you in October! 


For more information on the Hellenic Observatory Past Events please visit the Events section.

Maps of the LSE Campus can be found here


 Kevin Featherstone-Prime Ministers in Greece

Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power
Featherstone, Kevin and Papadimitriou, Dimitris
Oxford University Press, June 2015

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NEW GreeSE cover

GreeSE Paper No.93
Yannis Tsirbas
and Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos
What do Greek political elites think about Europe and the crisis? An exploratory analysis
July 2015

NEW GreeSE cover

GreeSE Paper No.92
Charalambos Tsekeris, Nikos Kaberis and Maria Pinguli
The Self in Crisis: The Experience of Personal and Social Suffering in Contemporary Greece
June 2015

 The Europeanisation of Statehood

The Europeanisation of Statehood: The EU in northern Cyprus
Kyris, George
Ashgate, 2015
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 The Politics of Extreme Austerity

'Re-organising Everyday Greek Social Reality: Subjective Experiences of the Greek Crisis'
Chalari, Anastasia
In Karyotis G and Gerodimos R. (Eds) The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece beyond the Crisis
London: Routledge, 2015


'Wit and Greece's economic crisis: Ironic slogans, food, and anti-austerity sentiments'
Knight, Daniel M.
American Ethnologist, Volume 42, Issue 2,  pages 230–246, May 2015

Daniel-Knight - History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece

History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece
Knight, Daniel M., Visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory and Foreword by Robert Layton
May 2015, Palgrave Macmillan


For more details on the Hellenic Observatory publications click here

Timelines of the crisis

The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/business/ng-interactive/2014/oct/17/eurozone-crisis-interactive-timeline

Bruegel: http://www.bruegel.org/blog/eurocrisistimeline/

Athens Centre for International Political Economy (ACIPE): http://www.idis.gr/acipe/timeline/

CNN­­ International News: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/06/23/greece.crisis.timeline/

BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13856580

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_debt_crisis_timeline

Britannica: http://www.britannica.com/topic/euro-zone-debt-crisis

Blogs, analysis and monitoring

Hellenic Observatory (Greece@LSE): http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/greeceatlse/category/the_greek-debt-crisis/

Crisis Observatory, ELIAMEP: http://crisisobs.gr/en/the-observatory/

Policy Analysis Research Unit (Athens University of Economics and Business): http://www.paru.gr/

The Greek Crisis blog: http://www.greekcrisis.net/

Greek Economists for Reform: http://greekeconomistsforreform.com/

Greek Public Policy Forum: http://www.greekpublicpolicyforum.org/

Protagon: http://www.protagon.gr

Greek Ministry of Finance: http://www.minfin.gr/portal/en

European Commission, Economic and Financial Affairs: http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/index_en.htm 

Euro Crisis in the Press: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/eurocrisispress/

Stratfor: https://www.stratfor.com/topics/economics-and-finance/europes-economic-crisis?older=1436773273








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