This is Athens calling! October 15th 2012

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October 15, 2012 by pavlospapathanasiou

According to the Greek mythology,Hermes had been the Twelve Gods’ messenger on the famous Olympus Mountain. As a mythological figure was later associated with Communication, Commerce and Economy. Furthermore one of the first journals published in Greek language during the early 19th century was named after Hermes (Ερμής ο Λόγιος) and it was renowned  for promoting the ideas of Εnlightenment.

Based on the above legacy, we aim to make this page a source of information and free expression on issues regarding the current situation in the Greek economy and society. The plurality of the dominant media (both in international and domestic level) have chosen to present the Greek people as corrupted, lazy etc. There is no doubt that this rhetoric has affected decision makers and the public opinion with a wide range of arguments for the austerity measures, following the Troika (EU-ECB-IMF) intervention in 2010. However various scholars and citizens across the world raise questions of great significance like; Do the so called “bailout” packages really “save” the Greek economy? Are these austerity measures justified and why? Is the plurality of the Greek people responsible for the unsustainable public debt and for the continuing deficits? Will the tremendous sacrifices of the Greek citizens be recognized and will eventually come to an end?

Greekhermes hopes to provide the answers for the above questions and encourage the free dialogue between scholars, journalists and readers who are interested in Greek economy and society issues. Hoping that our page will be useful, please keep using English and avoid populist or hate speech. Kalos orisate! (=welcome)

Pavlos Papathanasiou

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