-This debt is unsustainable. What do you mean? -We have to get more loans just to pay the interest! We will never manage to pay it off! So what do you propose? -Write all the debt off so we can recover. But that would mean other Europeans having to pay for it. -Yes, but you… Continue reading A conversation with your average Greek about debt
This is not a political statement. A lot of friends and business associates are calling me these days and I thought I should put together the kind of reassuring statement our government is not. From a communications point of view the country is in chaos. Nobody is controlling the agenda and -though improved – Greeks… Continue reading Playing the Eurovillage idiot
I am often accused of taking “extreme” positions just for the heck of it. Well, sorry, this isn’t one of those cases. I truly believe that Greece is better off if the parts of the Parthenon frieze stay where they are. Here are my arguments, numbered for reference. If you have a counter argument, give… Continue reading Why I think the “Elgin” marbles should stay in London
Whether we like it or not, those of us who live in Europe or in places influenced by European ideas remain the children of Lausanne; that is to say, of the convention signed on a Swiss lakeside after the First World War which decreed a massive, forced population movement between Turkey and Greece. A bold opening, to what is… Continue reading Twice a stranger: the children of Lausanne
It could almost be a travel guide but it has a story as well. “Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens” by Sofka Zinovieff is a great answer to all those Greeks which get over excited about anything in international media even remotely negative about this country. Athenian friends had told us we were mad to… Continue reading A great introduction to modern Greece
I love political communication. It appeals to the idealist in me. The social engineering part of me thrives on twisting messages to fit into mediums that will best influence people. And right now, Greece is the place to be. The old media is crumbling. Based on funding from business people that… Continue reading Surprise developments in the 2012 Greek elections
It is fashionable (and easy) to target family run businesses as the source of a country’s problems. Whether it is the Economist’s view of a region or the complaints of a middle manager who “just couldn’t get a promotion in there”. I have studied family businesses as clients, as numbers and statistics. I… Continue reading How GrecoGerman family businesses will rule the world
The Business Software Alliance does a really bad job at getting accurate software piracy figures, but it doesn’t seem to curb their enthusiasm, nor everyone else’s in peddling their made up numbers!
Greece doesn’t need aid right now, it needs a serious shock to a society spoilt to the core from having it too good on borrowed money for too long.