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2010: 34.000 Foreign Media News Items on Greek Crisis

The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) together with the Association of Greek Press Attaches hosted a conference on Foreign Media and Greece’s country image in the economic crisis on May 31. 
According to statistical figures presented, in 2010 only, foreign media from 28 countries reported on the Greek economic crisis publishing 34,000 news items, which represents 60% of the total amount of news items on Greece altogether for the year.
Britain was the country with the most copious reports on Greece in general and the London Financial Times was the newspaper, which covered the economic crisis more frequently and extensively, at a global level.
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Foreign Media and Greece`s Country Image in the Economic Crisis

On May 31, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) together with the Association of Greek Press Attaches is hosting a conference on Foreign Media and Greece’s country image in the economic crisis.
The event will be held at the premises of the Secretariat General of Information in Athens. The conference will be addressed by the General Director of the Greek Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) Yannis Stournaras, the General Director of the Greek-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Martin Knapp, journalist Maria Houkli, French media correspondent, Alexia Kefalas and Bodossakis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, George Tzogopoulos.
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Greece: Think Tanks

delfoixrismos3GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  As part of its European seminars, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) organized an international high-level conference entitled: “The Delphic Oracle on Europe: Politics and Policies.”  A group of approximately 40 leading academics, practitioners, and journalists analysed and evaluated the outcome of the 2009 European elections and debated the re-definition of economic governance in the EU in light of the current global crisis. Moreover, they focused on Europe’s global role in a rapidly changing international environment, the perspectives for a “Green Europe,” and the future of the Lisbon Treaty. The conference took place from June 25 until June 28, in Delphi, Greece.

Diplomacy on Migration

Greek PM: Address at EPP Group Study
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The government’s priorities are to accelerate reforms and tackle illegal immigration, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis said on June 29, in his opening address to the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) Group Study Days taking place in Athens.  The premier also referred to the worsening problem of illegal migration, pointing out that Greece was currently shouldering a large portion of the burden that is actually shared by all of Europe, since illegal migrants eventually make their way into other EU countries. “Active solidarity and a fair distribution of the burden are needed,” he stressed, adding that the issue was a top priority for Athens. He also pointed to the progress made in setting up a European coast guard, adding that joint European exercises had taken place in the framework of EU’s FRONTEX agency.
Visit to Migrant Centres
oast1European Commission Vice-president Jacques Barrot, responsible for justice, freedom and security, who is in Athens to attend the EPP meeting, paid a visit on June 29 to reception facilities for illegal migrants on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, accompanied by Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos. In statements afterwards, he acknowledged that Greek  authorities faced a difficult task but also stressed Greece’s obligation to provide refuge for migrants arriving on its shores.  Barrot accompanied by Pavlopoulos also visited the migrant centre in Evros, north-eastern Greece, near the Greek-Turkish border.  The Commissioner called for a strong stance to be adopted by Europe vis-a-vis migrant traffickers, adding that all countries of Europe should demonstrate their solidarity to countries which are more exposed to illegal immigration, such as Greece. Hellenic Migration Policy Institute: Statistical Data on Immigrants in Greece; European Commission: Towards a Common Immigration Policy  ELIAMEP- Clandestino: Stocks of Irregular Migrants: Estimates for Greece

Greek Think Tanks

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   ELIAMEP Thesis 1/2009: Attempting the Impossible? The Prospects and Limits of Mobility Partnerships and Circular Migration  In ELIAMEP Thesis 1/2009 Anna Triandafyllidou, Senior Research Fellow at ELIAMEP, argues that mobility partnerships and circular migration as proposed by the Commission in its respective Communication are not likely to work. The author holds that many if not most neighbouring countries will be unable to comply and implement the conditions set by the EU. At the same time, it is questionable whether one should tie schemes of legal migration to the efficiency of the source country in combating irregular migration, as this is both economically irrational and politically questionable. ELIAMEP: Books, joint & team publications 

Greek Think Tanks

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   In an ELIAMEP (www.eliamep.gr) paper titled “Governance in EU Social and Employment Policy – A Survey,”  G. Pagoulatos, M. Stasinopoulou and D. Sotiropoulos examine social and employment policy governance in the European Union since the launching of the European Employment Strategy (EES) and the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). The paper focuses on this new mode of governance’s role of in achieving social cohesion and competitiveness, as set by the Lisbon Agenda. For this purpose, the overview includes, first, a brief introduction to new modes of governance; second, an outline of the OMC and EES; third, an estimate of the strong points and weaknesses of these modes of governance; and fourth an overall assessment of the impact of the OMC and EES, which reveals potential reform directions to be followed by an enlarged EU in the face of future challenges. Read the whole paper; More Hellenic Opinion Articles, Papers and Sources: Greece – Media Info: Major Think Tanks

The Current Financial Crisis: Fall of the Berlin Wall 2.0?

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   ELIAMEP Blogs: Janis Emmanouilidis, Fall of the Berlin Wall 2.0 – Part 1 Key Political Effects of the Financial-Economic Crisis The former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has publicly speculated that the effects of the current financial crisis will be similar to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This time, however, the consequences would not affect the East but rather the West. In times of severe crisis, like the one we are undisputedly experiencing at present, apocalyptic predictions come as no surprise. But is Joschka Fischer right or is his prognosis rather exaggerated? Janis A. Emmanouilidis is a political analyst, policy consultant, political scientist and currently Stavros Costopoulos Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

Greece: Democracy & Human Rights

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  With the opportunity of the publication of its second round of reports, JURISTRAS research project has launched its own webpage at: www.juristras.eliamep.gr. JURISTRAS, a Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy project, comparatively explores processes of human rights litigation in the European Court of Human Rights judgments, and its effects in national legislative reform and policy making in a number of EU member states and Associate Candidate States. Nine countries are selected as case studies: eight EU Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, and the UK) and one EU candidate country (Turkey). Gateway of the European Union: europa.eu 

Greek Think Tanks

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)                     The Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary today (October 22) at the Amphitheatre of the Benaki Museum. Professor Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University in Milan and former European Commissioner will deliver the annual lecture on “The Challenges Facing Europe and the Role of Think Tanks.” The programme also includes a short documentary on the Foundation’s 20th anniversary and a speech by the President of the Board of Directors Professor Loukas Tsoukalis on “The War of Ideas and the Role of ELIAMEP.” A music performance with songs from the Balkans to the World will follow.  There will be a live streaming of the celebration for the 20th Anniversary of ELIAMEP and the 2008 Annual lecture from a web tv channel

Think Global – Act European

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Notre Europe and the Fondation pour l’ Innovation politique (Fondapol) brought together a group of European think tanks with the aim of making recommendations to the EU’s next trio presidency including France, the Czech Republic and Sweden (July 2008 – December 2009): The “Think Global – Act European” (www.tgae.eu) project brings together 13 renowned think tanks including the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (www.eliamep.gr), which has contributed five papers to the final report. The other think tanks participating in the TGAE project are Bruegel, CEPS, CER, demosEUROPA, DIIS, ECFR, EPC, EUROPEUM, SIEPS, SWP.   Continue reading

Greek Think Tanks

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (www.eliamep.gr) is involved in a wide range of activities and research programmes, which cover different aspects of European and foreign policy and other related fields.  ELIAMEP launches a new publication series, ELIAMEP Thesis. It will cover issues related to EU integration, to Europe’s role in global affairs and to important developments in international affairs. The new series will complement ELIAMEP’s Policy Papers, in an effort to produce short and timely analyses and recommendations on topical issues and current developments. In the first issue of ELIAMEP Thesis Janis A. Emmanouilidis, discusses the prospects for differentiated integration in an EU 27+. The author argues that the EU will require different paces, if the enlarged and politically, economically and geopolitically more heterogeneous EU wants to remain effective. Emmanouilidis is currently a  Stavros Costopoulos Fellow at ELIAMEP.

Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy: ELIAMEP Thesis No.1

Halki International Seminars 2008

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The central theme for the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy’s (www.eliamep.gr) 2008 Halki International Seminars will be “Regional Flashpoints and Transatlantic Policies.” Discussions will concentrate on assessing current transatlantic strategies and drafting future policies for the stabilization of turbulent regions and the resolution of conflicts. Applications are welcome from policy-makers, academics, journalists, diplomats, members of parliament and young researchers. Deadline for applications: 18 April 2008   The Halki International Seminars have been held annually since 1990 on the Aegean island of Halki. The Seminars promote the exchange of ideas among “young leaders” from the EU, the US, SE Europe, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean and Middle East.

Education and Cultural diversity in Poland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, the United Kingdom and Germany

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Within the framework of the research project EMILIE (A European approach to multicultural citizenship: Legal, political and educational challenges), new reports have been published by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) on education and cultural diversity in Poland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, the United Kingdom and Germany. ELIAMEP Reseach Fellows Anna Triandafyllidou and Ruby Gropas focus on: ‘Greek Education Policy and the Challenge of Migration, ‘An Intercultural View of Assimilation’