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Athanassios Boudalis: Financial Times: what’s their beef with Greece?

It’s true, the Greek economy has several problems. Low productivity, shrinking exports, extended public sector, diminishing primary and secondary sectors.   On top of that, Greece has had two LSE graduates as its most recent Finance Ministers: Prof. Giorgos Alogoskoufis of the New Democracy government (2004-2009) and Mr. Giorgos Papakonstantinou of the current PASOK government. Read more…

Athanassios Boudalis: Sustainability, growth, degrowth and debt-based money

In a previous article (The (un?) sustainability of growth) I had concluded that "sustainable growth" is a contradiction in terms. The argument, very succinctly, went as follows: 1) Growth is defined as the increase of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of a given country or economic zone (or as Arthur Lewis put it "the growth Read more…

Athanassios Boudalis: Foreign intervention and conflict in the Balkans

I had previously commented ("FYROM’s Slavomacedonism" Part I, Part II, and Part III) on the Greece-FYROM conflict, concerning the objections of the former to the constitutional name chosen by the latter ("Republic of Macedonia"). My personal conclusion was that ever since Balkan peoples acquired a distinct national self-identification, during and after the fall of the Read more…

Athanassios Boudalis: FYROM’s Slavomacedonism, Part III: some final conclusions on the Greece-FYROM conflict

In Part I we saw the historical background of the "Macedonian question" focusing on the period from the Crimean War to the dismemberment of Yugoslavia. In Part II we examined its more recent developments, particularly after 1991. In particular, we examined the US intervention in the matter after 1991. Concerning the Greece-FYROM conflict, a recurring Read more…

Athanassios Boudalis: FYROM’s Slavomacedonism, Part II: recent developments and geopolitical context

The period after 1991 After the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, Greek public opinion came face to face with a bitter reality. The "Socialist Republic of Macedonia", one of the Federated States of the former Yugoslav Federative Republic, sought international recognition under the name "Republic of Macedonia". Since its creation in 1945, when it was Read more…

Athanassios Boudalis: FYROM’s Slavomacedonism, Part I: a Historical overview

FYROM’s Slavomacedonism, Part I: a Historical overview The Russian reemergence as a global power after years of absence following the end of the Cold War, has had many repercussions and has therefore provided the incentive for US foreign policy to accelerate certain processes and tie up loose ends. One of these has been the military Read more…

Athanassios Boudalis: Greek political forum “You become the change”: some thoughts

  Greek political forum "You become the change": some thoughts  I recently got around to watching the interview of Michael Albert to the Greek political forum "You become the change". Up to the 8th video I was thinking how great these interviews were, and how I enjoyed them. However, alarm bells began ringing during the Read more…

Athanassios Boudalis: Shame on Greece? Shame on who?

Shame on Greece? Shame on who? On the NATO summit in Bucharest (April 3rd, 2008), Greece vetoed FYROM’s accession under their constitutional name "Republic of Macedonia". For the record, the conflict between Greece and FYROM concerns the name of the latter, which wish to be officially recognized as "Republic of Macedonia" after their secession from Read more…

Athanassios Boudalis: The (un?) sustainability of growth

Modern market economy has taken an almost religious worship to certain indicators. If those indicators were gods, then "Growth" might probably be their Zeus. On the other hand, the deterioration of the environment by human activities, and the depletion of natural resources has evoked the concept of "sustainability", i.e. the attribute of an activity that Read more…

Athanassios Boudalis: Scientific Research in the Era of Managers

This article examines the introduction of business and marketplace aims and practices in Scientific Research. On one hand, such practices are examined as to how relevant they are with Scientific methodology, and in particular with assessment of Research proposals and administration of Research projects. Apart from methodology, this paper also examines the introduction of marketplace Read more…

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