Posts Tagged ‘Greece’

When (economic) drama attacks Drama

June 29, 2010

Epidaurus -the classic venue of Greek Tragedy- is supposed to epitomise the locum of Theatre – not only Greek but also universal. The Bridge Project last year ended at Epidaurus. I had seen the Cherry Orchard -part of last year’s Bridge Project – at the Old Vic last summer ( Sam Mendes with a transantlantic theatre company -Ethan Hawke amongst them) and I felt a great joy when I learnt that the same play was about to be presented in the theatre of Epidaurus later in the same summer. ‘This is where they can all meet up’ , I thought, ‘Old venue, classic plays, universal theatre, modern times, enthousiastic audience, universal theatrical language….the birthplace of theatre can still matter’. I don’t think that I stand alone on that. Caro Newling (producer with whom Sam Mendes has been working since 2003) found last year’s experience at Epidaurus quite moving:

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The Greek party that doesn’t know how to party….

May 10, 2010

Without ‘structural change’ and ‘substantial reforms’ not only the future of Greece but also the future of Eurozone is at risk. And scepticism of Wolfgang Muenchau goes on…..

How can we make sense of the recent (lack) of action of the Greek opposition party? The triumph of opportunism once more is what marks the behaviour of a party that opposes a plan that is not matter of choice but of absolute need. The oppositions party opposes pragmatism through a non-pragmatic rhetoric…..

Bail-out for Greece but still no hope?

April 14, 2010

I am just repeating what Wolfgang Muenchau writes in FT this week: ‘…..(Greece) has a weak fiscal infrastructure; a low consensus in society in favour of deep reforms; and a fragile financial system’. His scepticism insists and  is spead over his view about an effective European resolution regime.  I do not want to deal with economics but only with the point on the ‘low consensus’. The absolute lack of an effective Greek civil society is the main obstacle, I think, what makes the consensus impossible, what drives the hope backwards. No hope, no sense of purpose…….

Some reading today

March 30, 2010

– From the Economist (latest issue): ‘Forget core against periphery in Europe: the true divide is north against south’.  And it goes on: ‘…no economy, north or south, can be considered peripheral’. My question: Is probably the term ‘semi-peripheral EU’, more applicable and/or more pragmatic?

– Wolfgang Muenchau in FT today (29/03) seems to be very sceptical over the ’emergency funding agreement’ of Greece. He stresses the existing lack of an effective EU mechanism -powerful enough to resolve the problems deriving from the eurozone’s imbalances. My comment: Too late for optimism, too early for pessimism…Hmmm What I would like to think about is whether such ‘agreements’ can have a positive impact upon the minds of the people. Being European is not only about ‘think European  but also about ‘feel European’. Can such agreements boost the European feeling? Only time can tell.

Greece’s ‘death’ and EU’s ‘rebirth’

March 27, 2010

 

Following the news on Greece’s current crisis I am wondering what kind of lesson can be learnt. Is Greece becoming the driving force for deeper European integration? After all:                                                                                                                  

 1. the suggestion about the initiation of the European Monetary Fund -no matter how realistic – seems to attract some interest ( and opposition of course)

2. Van Rompuy is offered the chance for an enhanced status and reputation (so….does the Lisbon Treaty matter?)

3. antieuropean voices get the chance to be justified (oh yes, they have a good case study now)

4. proeuropean voices get the chance to raise the old arguments on ‘common destiny’ (EMU  ‘was far more than a monetary arrangement….was a community that shares a common destiny’ Mr Trichet said on Thursday night)

5. Germany and France redirect their roles (or stabilise them) in the continent (and not only?)

6. limits in EU are openly recognised (but recognition is about autognosis and therefore the beginning point of systematic re-orientation of aims etc) 

7. defense mechanisms for saving the traumatised economies, designing common strategies and  taking collective action are studied on daily basis. The question ‘to be or not to be European?’ is a real one and so challenging

8. Finally the weakest of all Piigs states (Greece) has an unmissable opportunity (quite late of course): to open a deep dialogue with itself and answer the long awaiting questions such as: ‘where to?, ‘why?, ‘How did we get here?’.