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Arcade Fire @ Earl’s Court

June 6, 2014

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Plato’s Symposium @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

May 31, 2014

What is Love?  An eternal question and quest…

Modern adaptation by James Runchie brought Love and Eros at Southbank Centre.

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Flash Mobs @ Peacock Theatre

May 27, 2014

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Volume One: Not For Turning

April 28, 2013

Charles Moore discussed his authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher at LSE on 25th April.

This eagearly anticipated authorised biography, Not For Turning, is a ‘notable landmark’ according to the FT (27th April).

And, yes, Charles Moore, said on Thursday that he Iron Lady ‘did actually care about society’!!!!

Mies Julie @ Riverside Studios

April 28, 2013

I watched Mies Julie written and directed by Yael  Farber at Riverside Studios.

I still think that the strongest element of the play is not the new adaptation of classic Strindberg’s play, but its loose relation to the original play itself.

JULIE: oh, I am so tired. I can’t do anything; can’t repent, can’t run away, can’t stay, can’t live–can’t die!

China and Internet censorship: far from over

June 11, 2012

China appears restless in systematising Internet censorship. The old story goes on

To ask ..or not to ask..

June 6, 2012

Questions among -not only- Greeks these days:

  • Will a stable government stem from the elections on June 17th?
  • Are the Greeks ready for making an alternative (radical left) choice?
  • Is the above choice a rational one?
  • Is there really an alternative choice in Greece? …….Greece?…..Which Greece?
  • Could a disorderly Greek exit cause a contagion and destabilisation in EU? ………EU? …….Which EU?

 

 

When Democracy, Sovereignty and ‘well-being’ collide

June 1, 2012

Daniel Gros at Project Syndicate raises the point of the ‘sovereign debt’ vs. the ‘sovereignty of the people’.

 

The broader message from the Greek and French elections is that the attempt to impose a benevolent creditors’ dictatorship is now being met by a debtors’ revolt. Financial markets have reacted as strongly as they have because investors recognize that the “sovereign” in sovereign debt is an electorate that can simply decide not to pay.

This is already the case in Greece, but the fate of the euro will be decided in the larger, systemically important countries like Italy and Spain. Only determined action by their governments, supported by their citizens, will show that they merit unreserved support from the rest of the eurozone. At this point, nothing less can save the common currency.

Far Right in Europe

June 1, 2012

An interesting discussion debate yesterday evening at BISC. Me and two colleagues tried to define the reasons behind the rise of the Far Right in Europe today and to identify common principles among the European far right movements/parties/groups.

Interesting questions that were raised (not necessarily followed by answers though). I have to further think about the following and more…

 

  • Can we compare the inter-war conditions (social/economic/political) with the ones in Europe today?
  • Is the economic/social/political crisis in Europe also a crisis of representation?
  • Has the rise of Far Right in Europe –and particularly its expression through electoral results -become the triumph of Pluralism- central principle of democratic politics-?
  • Does Fascism express the very pathogenesis of democratic politics?
  • Is demagogic populism the product of a failed liberalism?
  • What does the constant effort of the Far Right movements/parties to label themselves as non-fascist suggest for their epistemological categorization?

….and many others……and last but not least

Is the present European crisis providing the greatest devices for the development of the Far Right’s tactics and strategies?

Our discussion goes on…

Much ado about Nothing

February 16, 2012

During the last months I am contemplating -me and the rest of the Greeks alike – the default of the Greek economy as a pragmatic scenario. And, instantly I become more European, thus even more sceptical about the whole European project, I realise its fragile character and its only certain dimension: its uncertainty.

Martin Wolf in today’s FT

..’The Eurozone is in a form of limbo: it is neither so deeply integrated that break-up is unconceivable, nor so lightly integrated that break-up is tolerable’…