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Professor Kevin Featherstone @ Kathimerini

Professor Kevin Featherstone wrote the article Συστημική αστοχία και απογοήτευση, Kathimerini (28 May 2024)


It is with much sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Professor George Provopoulos. 

Professor Provopoulos served as Governor of the Bank of Greece from 2008 to 2014 and, in that capacity, he was Chair of the Hellenic Observatory Advisory Board. 

The Director of the Hellenic Observatory, Professor Kevin Featherstone, commented:

‘George Provopoulos was a good friend of the Hellenic Observatory, devoting time and energy, as well as insightful advice and encouragement – my colleagues and I were very grateful for his support’. 

We offer our condolences to his family and friends.


Professor Kevin Featherstone @ Kathimerini

Professor Kevin Featherstone was interviewed by Nina Maria Paschalidou about the upcoming British elections “Κέβιν Φέδερστοουν: Τι θα άλλαζε για την Ελλάδα με μια κυβέρνηση Στάρμερ”, Kathimerini (24 May 2024 – in Greek)

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The Hellenic Observatory @ the Cyprus Forum London, 15 May 2024,  High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Kingdom

The Cyprus Forum moves to London for an exciting inaugural event that aims to bring together international expertise and policy leaders to promote public debate and creative solutions on critical issues affecting Cyprus and the wider Eastern Mediterranean region. The Hellenic Observatory participates as Content Partner with a panel dedicated on ‘Cyprus and its Geo-Economy’ chaired by Prof. Vassilis Monastiriotis, Eleftherios Venizelos Chair of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor in Political Economy.

The panel will discuss the ‘geoeconomics’ of Cyprus, looking at how current geopolitical developments in the wider East Med region affect the prospects and risks faced by the Cypriot economy. It will cover questions of energy security and energy cooperation, the impact on the Cypriot economy of the sanctions applied to Russia by the EU, supply chain problems and shifts in UK-Cyprus trade post Brexit, and developments in investor confidence and the wider investment climate in Cyprus.


Cleopatra Kitti, Founder, Mediterranean Growth Initiative, Senior Policy Adviser, ELIAMEP (online / live link)
Karim Elgendy, Associate Fellow, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House (online / live link)
Charles Grant, Center for European Reform
Dr Stelios Sakkas, Research Economist, Economics Research Centre, University of Cyprus
Louis Loizou, Partner at Loizou & Co and Chairman of the Hellenic Tech Network

Watch the video

Check out the full agenda here

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Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis @ Rebrain Greece visits London 

Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis presented the case study on 'The demand for brain repatriation by Greek employers' at the event ReBrain Greece visits London, that took place on Saturday 20 April 2024 in London.

See the event’s full agenda here.

See some photos of the event here.

ReBrain Greece is designed to provide a unique platform for Greeks residing in the United Kingdom to explore promising job opportunities that have opened up in Greece. 

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Dr Spyros Economides @ Harvard University

Our own Dr Spyros Economides, deputy director of the Hellenic Observatory is currently Visiting Scholar 2023-2024 at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

On 11 Apr he chaired an event with Kostas Bakoyannis, former Mayor of Athens (2019-2023) on Greece's Democracy and its Discontents. The discussion focused on the country's agenda for the future, and how students - on both sides of the Atlantic - can become more civically engaged.

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The Hellenic Observatory @ the Delphi Economic Forum IX

The Hellenic Observatory participated as content partner in the Delphi Economic Forum IX that took place on 10-13 April 2024.

Professor Kevin Featherstone chaired two panel sessions:

  • Must Government Be Bigger? (Thursday 11 April, 13.30 - 14.15 EET)
  • Why is the US Growing Faster than Europe? And, Must Europe Change Course? Friday 12 April, (09.00 - 09.40 EET)

Watch on demand and see the full agenda here

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Professor Kevin Featherstone’s latest article in Kathimerini: “To χρηματιστήριο του «ονόματος» της Ελλάδας” (28 March 2024)

Based on research that involved retrieving and analysing 4,789,985 statements from parliamentary databases across Europe concerning Greece, Professor Featherston discusses how Greece’s  ‘national brand’ changed from the years of crisis until today.

Read the article

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Professor Kevin Featherstone at Times Higher Education (19 March 2024)

Professor Kevin Featherstone has been quoted in a Times Higher Education article discussing the latest student protests in Greece against the new private universities law.

Read the article

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Major Conference on the 50 years from the Greek 'Metapolitefsi' (29 February - 2 March 2024, Athens, Greece)

As this year marks 50 years from the Greek ‘Metapolitefsi’,  the Hellenic Observatory partnered with Kathimerini, the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET) and the Delphi Forum in the organisation of a major conference, titled 'Metapolitefsi 50 Years Later'.

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Stefanos Kasselakis at LSE (19 February 2024)

Stefanos Kasselakis, leader of SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance - the main opposition party in Greece, spoke at an LSE public event hosted by the Hellenic Observatory.

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Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis member of the Scientific Council for Social Sciences of the Greek NCRTI (January 2024) 

Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis was appointed to the Scientific Council for Social Sciences of the Greek National Council for Research, Technology and Innovation (NCRTI).

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Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis at the University of Macedonia

On Monday 11 Demember, Professor Monastiriotis gave a seminar on 'EU conditionality and commitment to reforms: a theoretical model and implications for policy' presenting a paper on the endogeneity of incomplete compliance to EU conditionality. The seminar was hosted by the Department of Economics, University of Macedonia.

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LSE honours one of its most high-profile Greek alumni, former Greek PM Costas Simitis

On 8 December, London School of Economics honoured one of its most distinguished Greek alumni, former Greek PM Costas Simitis. In a special celebration event that took place at Hotel Grande Bretagne, in Athens, Professor Simitis was awarded an LSE Honorary Fellowship - a prestigious award bestowed by LSE to members of its alumni community in recognition of outstanding contribution above and beyond reasonable expectations and over a sustained period of time. The conferral ceremony was opened with a welcome by LSE’s Global Director of Development, Ms Helen Jones, and the award was conferred by the Director of the Hellenic Observatory and honorary Greek citizen, Professor Kevin Featherstone.

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Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis member of the ETERON Advisory Board (20 Nov 2023)

Professor Monastiriotis was appointed to the advisory board of ETERON - Institute for Research and Social Change.

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Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis at the Thessaloniki Summit (19 Nov 2023)

Professor Monastiriotis spoke at the Thessaloniki Summit 2023 at the panel 'Western Balkans: Old problems – New challenges'.

You can watch the video here.

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Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis gave an interview to Rethinking Greece (20 Oct 2023)

Vassilis Monastiriotis spoke to Rethinking Greece* on the priorities of research on contemporary Greece for the Hellenic Observatory, on the effects of the prolonged ‘pre-accession’ process in the Balkans and the role Greece can play as a provider of political and geo-political support to democratic consolidation, on the state of the Greek labour market almost 15 years after the crisis and finally, on the ability of the Greek economy to follow the ‘twin transition’ towards a green and digital future. 

You can read the interview here.

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Dr Theodoros Arvanitopoulos at the 4th Cyprus Forum

Dr Theodoros Arvanitopoulos, Hellenic Observatory Research Officer,  participated in the panel "Energy security and decarbonisation in East-Med: is it an 'either/or' scenario?" at the 4th Cyprus Forum, on 30 September 2023.

You can watch the video here.

*The Hellenic Observatory was a Knowledge partner of the 4th Cyprus Forum.


Dr Spyros Economides at the 'Greek Current' a podcast on Greece, Cyprus and the region by the Hellenic American Leadership Council and Kathimerini

Dr Spyros Economides and Thanos Davelis discuss the ambitious economic corridor announced that would link Europe with the Middle East and India, Greece's important role in it, and its growing ties with India in the episode 'Greece: A gateway linking India and Europe' released on 27 September 2023. 

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Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis at the 18th Conference of the Greek section of the European Regional Science Association

On 22 September Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis gave the keynote lecture at the 18th Conference of the Greek section of the European Regional Science Association, speaking on the future of EU’s Cohesion Policy post-2027 and its implications for regional development in Greece.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone’s interview on the recent British Museum debacle (28 August 2023)

In his recent interview on ERT news, Professor Featherstone argues that the recent theft incident has clearly damaged the almost neo-colonial stance of the British Museum on the return of national treasures and its allegations about the questionable safety of artefacts in their countries of origin. But despite the damage caused to the British Museum’s image and overall argument, the incident does not impact on the domestic prospects for an imminent return which will be influenced more by the parliamentary election results of 2024. The present government will not feel confident enough to strike a deal with Athens during the pre-election period and better chances will come after the elections between the new elected British government and Athens.  

Watch the interview

Read the related articles in KathimeriniProto ThemaIn.griefimerida

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Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis participated in the 1st official Consultation event on the “Future of Cohesion Policy after 2027” that was hosted by the General Secretariat of Public Investments and ERDF on 12 July at Zappeion Megaro. You can watch his talk here (at 1:00:08).

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The Hellenic Observatory hosted its 10th PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus on Friday 26 May 2023. The Symposium, an initiative that dates back in 2003, aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between young researchers and to promote innovative and cutting-edge research on political, social and economic issues in Greece and Cyprus.

In this Symposium we welcomed over 60 PhD students from across Europe who presented their work and received feedback from an interdisciplinary audience comprising peers and experts. The presentations covered a wide variety of research questions, exploring topical issues in Greece and Cyprus, from several social science field perspectives. The papers and presentations, along with photos of the day and other information are available on the Symposium webpage.

The programme also included two plenary sessions: the landmark Symposium lecture on “How to write a PhD on Greece & Cyprus” by our very own Professor Kevin Featherstone and the Keynote Lecture by Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford, on 'The Paradox of Trust in a “Low Trust” Society'.

*The 10th Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium became possible with the generous support or the A.G. Leventis Foundation.


The Hellenic Observatory is very pleased to announce that Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis has been appointed to the Eleftherios Venizelos Chair in Contemporary Greek Studies in the LSE’s European Institute. Dr Monastiriotis will take up the Eleftherios Venizelos Chair appointment as of 1 September 2023 and he will become Director of the Hellenic Observatory as of September 2024. Dr Monastiriotis, who is currently Associate Professor in Political Economy and Director of LSE Research Unit on Southeast Europe  has been a core member of the Observatory’s staff for many years, contributing significantly to its success. We look forward to welcoming Dr Monastiriotis to his new role and to working with him in continuing the successful journey of the Hellenic Observatory.

Professor Kevin Featherstone will continue leading the Hellenic Observatory as its Director until September 2024 and will remain an active member of the Hellenic Observatory’s core staff in the years to follow. Professor Featherstone welcomed Vassilis in his new role and commented:

“I am very pleased Vassilis Monastiriotis has been appointed to the Eleftherios Venizelos Chair.  He has shown tremendous commitment to the Observatory for many years and I look forward to continuing to work with him.  I am very confident about the future of the Hellenic Observatory and its ongoing contribution to research and public debate on contemporary Greece. It has a unique role to play and it is well-placed to perform at the highest level.”


Professor Kevin Featherstone commented on the Greek elections in the article Εκλογές 2023: Η Ελλάδα που ξέραμε και η Ελλάδα του σήμερα, Kathimerini (21 May 2023)

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Professor Kevin Featherstone at the Delfi Economic Forum VIII

Professor Kevin Featherstone chaired several highly topical discussions during the Delfi Economic Forum VIII (26-29/4/2023). You can watch on demand here:

Can Europe Meet Its Illiberal Challenge? 
7 Years of Brexit: How Does UK Fit Into Europe
The Political Oversight of Intelligence Services: Sharing the European Experience

*The Hellenic Observatory was a programme partner of the Delphi Economic Forum VIII.

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From a Philhellene, a Hellene: Professor Kevin Featherstone awarded honorary Greek citizenship

Professor Kevin Featherstone was granted honorary Greek citizenship for his academic work on Greece and for his significant contribution to the promotion of research and debate on contemporary Greece and Cyprus.

In a special ceremony held at Maximos Mansion, on Tuesday 21 February 2023, he took the Greek Citizen oath before the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Secretary General of Citizenship, Athanasios Balerbas.

Speaking in Greek, Professor Featherstone thanked everyone who helped him on his ‘journey’ and noted:

“Γεννήθηκα, Άγγλος - σίγουρα ένα λάθος – αλλά σήμερα έγινα Έλληνας. Είναι μεγάλη μου τιμή που είμαι Έλληνας τώρα, σημαίνει πολλά για μένα και είμαι πολύ περήφανος. Ευχαριστώ όλους όσους με βοήθησαν στο ταξίδι μου. Η Ελλάδα είναι μία χώρα, ένας λαός, μία ιδέα που έχω μάθει να αγαπάω πολύ. Μου έχει δώσει τόσα πολλά. Ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ»

“I was born English - surely some mistake - but today I became Greek, and it is a great honour for me to be Greek now; it means a lot to me, and I am very proud. Thanks to everyone who helped me on my journey. Greece is a country, a people, an idea that I have learned to love very much. It has given me so much. Thank you very much.”

The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his joy that a friend of Greece, a scholar of modern political history, who, through his writing and interventions has assisted in improving the overall quality of the Greek Republic, became officially a Greek citizen.

Watch the video of the ceremony here
Read the Press Release  
Read some related news clippings: Ert

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Dr Spyros Economides wrote the article 'Ασκήσεις Γεωστρατηγικής Ισορροπίας', on Greece's foreign policy towards Turkey, To Vima (12 February 2023)

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Professor Kevin Featherstone wrote the article "Χρειάζεται ισχυρό Μαξίμου", Kathimerini (15 January 2023)



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Professor Kevin Featherstone in the Greek news programme "Sto Kentro"

Professor Kevin Featherstone gave an interview to the reporter George Kouvaras for the news programme "Sto Kentro" (aired on 6 December 2022) and focused on the Observatory, populism, Greece's institutional weaknesses and economy and Britain’s involvement in the war in Ukraine. You can watch the interview here (after 00:21:00).


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Our 25th Anniversary event 'Greece – the Way Forward: in conversation with Kyriakos Mitsotakis' in the news

Celebrating 25 years of the Hellenic Observatory, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Professor Kevin Featherstone discussed the challenges facing Greece and Europe in a packed auditorium on 28 November 2022. The event  also attracted a large audience online, as it was livestreamed.

The event was attended by international media and a detailed video was featured on ERT news. Among others, and also covered the event. Last but not least, the event was also featured at LSE news. You can also read the transcript in Greek here.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone noted that 'to suggest that they are politically naive, is an insult for Greeks ' in an interview he gave to Dimitris Doulgeridis 

Kevin Featherstone in an interview for Ta Nea Weekend Edition (5-6 November 2022) talked about the honorary Greek citizenship, the 2010 decade, Greek politics and Prime Ministers, and Kavafis.


Professor Kevin Featherstone on the Question of Decline in the Western World in Kathimerini's Sunday Edition

Kevin Featherstone writes in the Sunday Edition of Kathimerini (30 October 2022) reflecting on the question of the decline of the western world. “Do we really live through the decline of the West?  Can the Western world stand up to the challenges of internal corruption, inadequate leaderships, military provocations by authoritarian regimes? Is the West really declining? Or is the world of liberal democracies more resilient than it seems?”



Professor Kevin Featherstone presented with HAALSE award  

At a special event on 20 October 2022, at the Residence of the British Ambassador in Athens, organised by HAALSE (Hellenic Alumni Association of LSE) [], the Director of the Hellenic Observatory, Professor Kevin Featherstone, was offered the “Academic Excellence & Philhellenism Award” for his great contribution to the study of contemporary Greece, the LSE Community and the deepening of the British-Hellenic relations. The award was presented by the Chairman of HAALSE and Hellenic Observatory Advisory Board member, Dr Vassili G. Apostolopoulos. Other distinguished LSE alumni who were presented with awards on this special occasion included the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, Marianna Latsis, Chloe Laskaridis and Hellenic Observatory Advisory Board member Evangelos Mytilineos.


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The Hellenic Observatory at the Cyprus Forum

The Hellenic Observatory participated in the 2022 Cyprus Forum on 30 Septemper 2022 with a joint HO/ELIAMEP panel. Professor Spyros Spyrou and Dr Eleni Theodorou presented completed research from their project ‘There is No Plan(et) B: youth activism in the fight against climate change in Cyprus’, funded by the Hellenic Observatory. This event was chaired by Professor Kevin Featherstone.

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Simon Glendinning on Kevin Featherstone's retirement

Head of the European Institute, Professor Simon Glendinning, shares his thoughts on Professor Kevin Featherstone’s retirement from his Chair in the European Institute in August this year. Professor Featherstone will become a Professorial Research Fellow in the European Institute and will remain Director of the Hellenic Observatory. More details available here.


7th Annual Delphi Economic Forum

Professor Kevin Featherstone attended the Annual Meeting of the Delphi Economic Forum VII:  New Realities, which took place between April 6-9,  2022. Professor Featherstone acted as chair during the 'Defending Democracy in Challenging Times' fireside chat, and the panel discussion; 'Universities after Brexit: What Future for UK - Greek ties?'. More details available here.


In memory of Professor Theodore Couloumbis

It is with much sadness that we learn that Professor Theodoros Couloumbis of the University of Athens has died. Professor Couloumbis was a noted scholar of International Relations and of Greek foreign policy.  He made a number of notable contributions to public life in Greece, including his leadership of the ELIAMEP think-tank. He was encouraging to many scholars, especially young academics. He will be much missed. We send our condolences to his family and friends.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone has been bestowed the title ‘Doctor Honoris Causa’ by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 3 March 2022

The Hellenic Observatory is pleased to announce that its director, Professor Kevin Featherstone, has been conferred the title ‘Doctor Honoris Causa’ by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The ceremony took place at the University on Thursday 3rd March 2022. The title is the highest honour bestowed by the University and is in recognition of his ‘outstanding work’ in political science and political economy. More details are available here.



Professor Kevin Featherstone at the 7th annual E.EN.E Economic Forum, 'Entrepreneurship 2.0 for Greece 2.0'

Professor Kevin Featherstone delivered a keynote address at the 7th annual E.EN.E Economic Forum, that took place on Wednesday 15 December. The event was hybrid and you can watch it here. More details are available here.


Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis in an online discussion on: "Youth Employment and Gender Equality”

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis will participate as discussant at an event for the research project "Youth Employment and Gender Equality: Mobilizing human capital for sustainable growth in Greece", funded by the EEA Grants and implemented by ELIAMEP in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Labor and Social Research (Fafo). The event was held Tuesday 14 December 2021.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone was in conversation with Dr Thanos Veremis, at an event organised by the Greek Archaeological Committee (UK)

Professor Kevn Featherstone was in conversation with Dr Thanos Veremis, Professor Emeritus of Political History, University of Athens, at the event “From a Pre-Modern Society to the Modern Greek Nation-State”, on 3 December 2021. 

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Dr Spyros Economides in a roundtable discussion with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Nikos Dendias

Dr Spyros Economides participated in a roundtable discussion with Mr Nikos Dendias, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic. The event focusing on "Enhancing Security and Stability in Europe and the Mediterranean", was organised by the Royal United Services Institute on 25 October 2021.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone was the moderator of the Workshop 'Boosting Migrant Integration Reforms: from inclusion to resilience'.

Professor Kevin Featherstone was the moderator of the Workshop organised by the Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM), European Commission, on 13 October 2021, at 16:30-18:00 (CEST).

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Professor Kevin Featherstone talked about ‘Europe in Modern Greece: The constant Navarino’, 1 June 2021

Professor Kevin Featherstone was the main speaker of the event ‘Europe in Modern Greece: The constant Navarino’. This online event organised on Tuesday 1 June by the Athens University of Economics and Business in the context of the bicentennial of the 1821 Greek Revolution. An interesting discussion with Professor George Pagoulatos followed.


Professor Kevin Featherstone at the Delphi Economic Forum 2021, 12 May 2021

Professor Featherstone was panellist at the Delphi Economic Forum panel 'Going forwards or being held back? Can the EU manage both solidarity and the turn towards illiberalism?'. Along with Iain Begg, Danuta Hübner, Ivan Krastev and Loukas Tsoukalis, he discussed conflicting pressures in the EU’s recovery programme.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone has been bestowed the award of Grand Commander, Order of the Phoenix of the Hellenic Republic, 19 April 2021

The award was presented to Professor Featherstone by H.E. Mr Ioannis Raptakis, Ambassador of Greece. Professor Featherstone was among the six distinguished philhellenes to be awarded honorary distinctions in recognition and reward of their contribution to the strengthening of Greek-British relations and the promotion of Greece in the United Kingdom. April 19th, day of Philhellenism and International Solidarity, was chosen for its symbolic meaning as Greece celebrates the 200 years since the outbreak of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the Greek War of Independence. Professor Featherstone is one of the few that holds two insignia, since in 2013 he had been conferred Commander, Order of the Phoenix.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone at the Conference 'Greece: 200 years of economic survival'

Professor Kevin Featherstone was a keynote speaker at the conference ‘Greece: 200 years of economic survival’, organised by The Economist on 8 April 2021. The event focused on the interesting aspects of Greece’s contemporary economic and banking history, with useful comparisons and parallelisms between the past and the present during a period of contemplation, especially now in the vortex of the covid-19 pandemic.

You can watch the video here.


The Embassy of Greece in the United Kingdom celebrated the bicentennial of the 1821 Greek Revolution, 25 March 2021

The Embassy of Greece in the United Kingdom celebrated the bicentennial of the 1821 Greek Revolution and the Greek War of Independence with an original audio-visual project. Professor Kevin Featherstone and Dr Spyros Economides were amongst the British and Greek scholars and distinguished personalities of the Greek diaspora who participated in this commemorative production aiming to honour the Bicentenary.

You can watch the video on the Embassy's Facebook page or YouTube channel.

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'Professor Kevin Featherstone at the round table '40 years of Greece's EU membership: An historical perspective on accession four decades on'

Professor Kevin Featherstone participated in this EU history roundtable, organised jointly between the EPRS and EP Former Members Association on Tuesday 23 March 2021. The speakers looked back at the process of Greece's accession, starting with the country's democratisation in 1974, reflected on some of the key moments of membership over the last four decades, and examined how both Greece and the EU have changed over that period.

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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Greek Politics
An interview with the editors 

Ahead of the book launch on 25 May 2021, editors Kevin Featherstone and Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos gave an interview on this volume that provides an overview of modern Greek politics, from the restoration of democracy in 1974 to the present day.

You can read the interview here.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone will be bestowed the award of Grand Commander, Order of the Phoenix of the Hellenic Republic, 22 March 2021

Professor Featherstone is one of the 23 philhellenes around the world who will be awarded the medal, to celebrate the bicentenary of the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence. The list includes Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Kittmer, former UK Ambassador to Greece, Professor Paul Cartledge, Robin Lane Fox, renowned historian & author and Stephen Fry, famous British actor.

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Dr Spyros Economides was in conversation with Nikos Dendias, Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dr Spyros Economides was in conversation with Nikos Dendias, Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs at the LSESU Hellenic Society Conference 'Greece 2021: Reflecting On Yesterday, Shaping Tomorrow', on 6 March 2021









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Dr Spyros Economides at the 16th Cyprus Summit Europe: Putting solidarity to the test – Cyprus: In need of a new growth model?, 10 December 2020

Dr Spyros Economides participated in the panel discussion 'Efforts for Peace and Stability at the Crossroads of Three Continents' with Charalambos Petrides, Minister of Defence, Cyprus and Thanos Dokos, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Greece.

You can watch the Panel Discussion here.

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Letter to the Editor of The Times, 17 August 2020

Professor Kevin Featherstone and another 24 prominent academics and authors calling for Erdogan to respect international law (UNCLOS) with respect to energy explorations in the Eastern Mediterranean and urging European Governments, including Britain's to offer ‘clear message of support’ to Greece and Cyprus.

Full text available at The Times and Kathimerini.  


Professor Kevin Featherstone joined the Council of the Anglo-Hellenic League, 29 May 2020

Professor Kevin Featherstone has been appointed a member of the Council of the Anglo-Hellenic League, under the Council's co-option procedure. The League is dedicated to promoting Anglo-Greek understanding and friendship, the League has a long history of charitable and cultural work.

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Dame Minouche Shafik, LSE Director in Cyprus, 28 February 2020

Following her Athens Lecture, Dame Minouche Shafik, travelled to Cyprus where the Cyprus LSE Alumni Association hosted a conversation with the LSE Director and the former Minister of Finance and LSE alumnus, Michalis Sarris.

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The Hellenic Alumni Association of LSE reception with Dame Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

The Hellenic Alumni Association hosted an alumni reception in honour of Dame Minouche Shafik on Thursday 27 February 2020 in Athens. The LSE Director gave a  small speech and then had the opportunity to meet and talk with the alumni. The reception took place before the Athens lecture in which Dame Minouche Shafik was 'in conversation' with Mr Costas P. Michaelides.  

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Dame Minouche Shafik, LSE Director, in Athens for the event 'Dame Minouche Shafik in Conversation with Mr Costas P. Michaelides: Where is the world economy going and what can we do about it?', 27 February 2020

Dame Minouche Shafik visited Athens as she was the main speaker at the Athens Lecture 'Dame Minouche Shafik in Conversation with Mr Costas P. Michaelides: Where is the world economy going and what can we do about it?' on Thursday 27 February 2020. The event was organised by the Hellenic Observatory in collaboration with the National Bank of Greece and with the support of the LSE Hellenic Alumni Association.

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Dame Minouche Shafik, LSE Director and Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens signed an MoU between LSE and the Municipality of Athens, 26 February 2020 

The collaboration of the Municipality of Athens with the London School of Economics and Political Science, that was supported and facilitated by the Hellenic Observatory was officially launched with Dame Minouche Shafik, LSE Director and Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens signing the MoU that initiates the 'Athens Urban-Age Task Force'.
This is part of a series of such task-forces focused on major cities around the globe, helping city governments to deliver sustainable urban change ‘on the ground’. The Athens Urban-Age Task Force will run for 18 months and Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies & Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age will act as technical manager.

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Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis at the Conference ‘Greece: A New Paradigm?’, 22 February 2020

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, Associate Professor of Political Economy, LSE spoke at the Conference ‘Greece: A New Paradigm?’ organised by the  LSE SU Hellenic Society on Saturday 22 February 2020.


Dr Spyros Economides at the Eurobank Private Bank Luxembourg 3rd Thought Leadership Event on “Britain’s post-Brexit identity” in London, 4 February 2020

Dr Spyros Economides, Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics, LSE and Hellenic Observatory Deputy Director was invited as the main speaker at the Eurobank Private Bank Luxembourg 3rd Thought Leadership Event on “Britain’s post-Brexit identity” in London, hosted by EPBL’s CEO Konstantinos(Kostas) Tsiveriotis. In his conversation with Η ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ - KATHIMERINI EU correspondent Yannis Palaiologos, Dr Economides noted: “Brexit has resulted not only in the departure of the UK from the EU, but also in a significant change in the British political landscape and the UK’s position in the international arena.”

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Dr Spyros Economides at Avenir Suisse's The Future of Transnational Security on the European Continent, 16-17 January 2020

Dr Spyros Economides, Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics, LSE and Hellenic Observatory Deputy Director delivered a presentation on 'The Culture of European Security' at Avenir Suisse's Fourth annual Think Tank Summit The Future of Transnational Security on the European Continent.



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Dr Spyros Economides at The Economist’s Second Eastmed-London Investment Summit, 3 December 2019

Dr Spyros Economides, Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics, LSE and Hellenic Observatory Deputy Director spoke at The Economist’s Second Eastmed-London Investment Summit on 'Brexit and Britain's Foreign Policy in the Eastern Mediterranean'.


The Hellenic Observatory at the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation in London, 13 November 2019 

Sir Stelios Haji-ioannou and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation  hosted this year's  London School of Economics and Political Science - Stelios Scholars Reunion with guests from the Hellenic Observatory, LSE. Inspiring speeches from Sir Stelios Haji-ioannou, LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik, Professor Kevin Featherstone & alumni Slava Polonski. 

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Report: Feminization of occupations and its effect on gender wage gap in South Mediterranean Countries

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis has collaborated on a report under the EU-FEMISE project, exploring how traditional cultural-economic roles played by women in the MENA region impact gender equality in the labour market, and the implications of this.


Kevin Featherstone at the 8th Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs, 20 October 2019

Kevin Featherstone delivered a speech on the 'Governing amidst ungovernability: the case of BREXIT’ at the 8th Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs on 20 October 2019. 

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Kevin Featherstone at the Hippocratic Oration and Dinner, 12 October 2019

Kevin Featherstone gave the after-dinner speech at the annual dinner of the Hellenic Medical Society UK, on 12 October 2019. Here he is receiving an award for ‘his lifetime commitment to Hellenism’. 

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Kevin Featherstone at the KPMG 18 CFO Forum, 13 June 2019

Kevin Featherstone delivered a keynote speech at the KPMG 18th CEO Forum in Athens on 13 June 2019 titled 'Opportunities & Challenges for Greece in a Changing European Union'.

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Vassilis Monastiriotis at the University of Macedonia, 9 May 2019

Vassilis Monastiriotis gave a seminar at the University of Macedonia, Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies on 9 May 2019, presenting his recent paper (with Fatmir Besimi) titled “The role of EU integration in accelerating structural reforms in the Western Balkans: evidence, theory and policy”.


Vassilis Monastiriotis at the 3rd International Conference of the Economic Chamber of Greece, 9 May 2019

Vassilis Monastiriotis participated at the 3rd International Conference of the Economic Chamber of Greece, moderating a panel on “Implementation of reforms as a precursor to facilitate market access” with Chris Allen (European Commission), Peter Dohlman (IMF), Michael Haliassos (Frankfurt) and Zsolt Darvas (Bruegel). The conference was held at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens on 9 May 2019 and hosted high-level participants including the Deputy Prime Minister Mr Yiannis Dragasakis, the leader of the opposition Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic Mr Geoffrey Pyatt, and others. 

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Greece and the Euro: From Crisis to Recovery, 12 April 2019

On 12 April 2019, The Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts and the Hellenic Observatory organised a conference on 'Greece and the Euro: From Crisis to Recovery'. The purpose of the conference was to assess the causes of the Gree crisis and the prospects for the Greek Economy after the conclusion of the economic adjustment programmes in 2018.

The papers presented in the conference, and the discussions around them, will be published in a special volume of the conference proceedings in both English and Greek.


Dr Ioannis Laliotis' new publication, 27 March 2019

On 27 March 2019 , Dr Ioannis Laliotis & Dr Nicholas Giannakopoulos published a paper on Industrial Relations Reform, Firm‐Level Bargaining and Nominal Wage Floors where they investigate the impact of the 2011 industrial relations reform in Greece that made firms with less than 50 employees eligible to participate to firm‐level bargaining. 

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Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis' new appointment, March 2019

On March 2019 Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis has been appointed in the Editorial Board of Investigaciones Regionales – Journal of Regional Research, published by the Spanish Association of Regional Science.


New publication by Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, 14 March 2019

On 14 March 2019 Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis published a paper with Corrado Macchiarelli and Nikolitsa Lampropoulou on Comparative Economic Studies titled 'Transition Dynamics in European Labour Markets During Crisis and Recovery'. The piece is offering a detailed examination of the transitional dynamics underpinning changes in employment, unemployment and inactivity across the EU member states during the long period from before the crisis until the recent recovery (2004–2016). 


Dr Philipp Katsinas published a new paper, 3 March 2019

On 3 March 2019 Dr Philipp Katsinas published a paper on 'The international face of Thessaloniki: The “Greek crisis,” the entrepreneurial mayor, and mainstream media discourses'. In this piece he argues that the serial repetition of positive images contributed to Thessaloniki being perceived as an example to be followed by other Greek local governments and the central state, acting as a best practice example for transformations envisioned on wider scales. The paper contributes to place‐branding debates by illustrating the important role of international media in the dissemination of place brands, and by analysing how media representations of place may serve the legitimation of processes of neoliberalisation on scales wider than the concrete urban setting where they occur. 


HO Staff at the Delphi Economic Forum, 28/2-3/3 2019

On 28 February –3 March 2019 Professor Kevin Featherstone, Dr Spyros Economides and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis participated in the Delphi Economic Forum IV that took place in Delphi, Greece. During the four-day international conference, Professor Kevin Featherstone chaired two sessions: ‘Brexit’ and ‘What’s next for the Eurozone’ and was a key speaker at ‘ Greece and the European Union: Renewing the vows’ and ‘The road to Sibiu and beyond’. Dr Spyros Economides was a key speaker at the session ‘Defence and Economy’ and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis was a speaker at the session ‘A national plan for economic recovery’.

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Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis and the New Minimum Wage in Greece, February 2019

On February 2019 Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis was appointed to the Committee of Experts advising the Greek government on the setting of the new minimum wage in Greece. The Committee, studied a number of aspects of wage setting and employment dynamics in the Greek labour market and submitted its report to the government in late December 2018, recommending a sizeable increase in the minimum wage, partly reversing the reduction implemented in 2012 under Greece's Adjustment Programme. The recommendations were taking into account by the Ministry and the new level (which saw an 11% increase) became effective in February 2019. 


New publication by Professor Kevin Featherstone and Michael Cottakis, 4 February 2019

Kevin Featherstone & Michael Cottakis, published a piece on Capacity or Culture? Assessing their significance for the divergence in the fulfilment of common EU obligations by member states, Dahrendorf Forum, 4 February 2019.  




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Dr Ioannis Laliotis co-investigator in research programme

Dr Ioannis Laliotis became the co-investigator in a research programme entitled as “Retention of the clinical and ambulance workforce in English NHS hospitals: Variations, trends and effects on patient outcomes”. It is part of the prestigious Efficiency Research Progamme of The Health Foundation that recently offered £1.8 million to innovative research ideas on health and social care provision in the UK. After an immensely competitive process, three experienced research teams were chosen to complete their work within the next 3-5 years.

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Professor Featherstone at the LSE Continental Breakfast

On 6th November 2018 Professor Featherstone was in Madrid to take part in the LSE Continental Breakfast discussion over The Brexit outcome, and why the EU will insist that ‘Brexit means Brexit’. 

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Dr Ioannis Laliotis publishe a new piece

On October 2018 Dr Ioannis Laliotis & Dr Charitini Stavropoulou published a piece on Crises and mortality: Does the level of unemployment matter? reviewing whether mortality responds non-linearly and asymmetrically to unemployment in the context of national economic crises. 

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Professor Featherstone at the LSE Alumni Association in Brussels

Professor Featherstone spoke to the LSE Alumni Association in Brussels on 9th October, updating them on developments at LSE and giving his assessment of the Brexit negotiations so far. His co-speaker was Margaritis Schinas, Chief Spokesman of the EU Commission. On 19th October he commented on the future of Anglo-Greek relations after ‘Brexit’ to an audience of policy-makers and officials at Ditchley Park, UK. 

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Professor Kevin Featherstone in the 2nd International Conference on Europe in Discourse: Agendas of Reform

Professor Kevin Featherstone participated in the 2nd International Conference on Europe in Discourse: Agendas of Reform, September 21st - 23rd, 2018 in Athens. He spoke on ‘Completing the EMU’ proposing that a new agenda of the European Union could perhaps involve a shift towards a more federalist model that would further deepen the integration. He also acted as a discussant at a panel on 'Greece and the EU' sharing his views with the panellists George Katrougalos, Alternate Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kostis Hatzidakis, Vice President, New Democracy party and Anna Diamantopoulou, President of DIKTIO" Network for Reform in Greece and Europe.