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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 and Cyprus. Read more about the HO



Monday 12 October 2015
Public Lecture: The current economic developments in Greece and Cyprus: when and how crisis exits are feasible
Speakers: Michalis SARRIS, Former Minister of Finance of Cyprus; Former Department Director at the World Bank and Yiannis KITROMILIDES, Associate Member of the Cambridge Centre of Economic and Public Policy, University of Cambridge
Time: 18.30-20.00
Venue: CLM 2.02, Clement House, LSE
A free event open to all. Admission on a first come, first served basis.


Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Evaluating the structural reform of central government departments in Greece
by Panagiotis ZERVOPOULOS, Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods, Bursa Orhangazi University
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room COW 1.11 Cowdray House,LSE 
Time: 18.00-19.30
We are grateful to the National Bank of Greece for funding this research project.

Bettina Davou

Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Exploring the psychological effects of the Greek financial crisis
by Bettina DAVOU, Professor of Psychology, Department of Communication & Media Studies, Director of Laboratory for Psychological Applications & Communication Planning, University of Athens
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room COW 1.11 Cowdray House,LSE 
Time: 18:00-19:30

MIchael Herzfeld

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The Hypocrisy of European Moralism: Greece and the Politics of Cultural Aggression
Speaker: Michael HERZFELD, Professor of the Social Sciences and Curator of European Ethnology in the Peabody Museum, Harvard University
Time: 18.30-20.00
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
A free event open to all. Admission on a first come, first served basis.


Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Pension Poor and Housing Rich:  A generational perspective of the Greek crisis, its aftermath and possible ways out
by Platon TINIOS, Assistant Professor at Piraeus University; Visiting Senior Fellow, Hellenic Observatory
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room COW 1.11, Cowdray House,LSE


Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Political development and the rise of the Golden Dawn in Greece
by Antonis ELLINAS, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Cyprus
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room COW 1.11 Cowdray House,LSE 
Time: 18:00-19:30


Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Of Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions
by Margot SALOMON,  Associate Professor; Law Department and at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE; Director Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, LSE
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room COW 1.11 Cowdray House,LSE
Time: 18.00-19.30


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

Maps of the LSE Campus can be found here


  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay and Dr Rebecca Bryant were cited in the article 'Playing the long game – but for how long?', examining the current state of the Cyprus reunification talks, Cyprus Mail (21 September 2015)
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone  was interviewed on Sky TV, BBC World and News TV on the outcome of the Greek elections (20 September 2015) 
  • Dr Vasslis Monastiriotis  was quoted in an article by Benjamin Dodman, profiling the leader of New Democracy party in Greece, France 24 (18 September 2015)
  • Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis  gave a live studio interview for the programme European Closing Bell (anchoring, Louisa Bojesen) about the Greek elections and the state of the economy, CNBC Europeon (17 September 2015)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was interviewed on the Worldview programme about the Cyprus reunification talks, WBEZ Radio, Chicago (15 September 2015)
  • Professor Kevin Feathertone was quoted in the article 'Tsipras waagt het er niet zomaar op' ("Tsipras does not dare go there"), Trouw (22 August 2015)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was quoted in the article "Expats in Cyprus could lose out if UK exits EU", Cyprus Mail (2 August 2015)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was quoted in the article "As Talks Progress, Optimism Grows for Elusive Cyprus Peace", World Politics Review (30 July 2015)
  • 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)
 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.94
Kostas Ifantis
, Dimitrios Triantaphyllou and Andreas Kotelis
National Role and Foreign Policy: An Exploratory Study of Greek Elites’ Perceptions towards Turkey
August 2015

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

 The Europeanisation of Statehood

The Europeanisation of Statehood: The EU in northern Cyprus
Kyris, George
Ashgate, 2015
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'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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