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In London and Athens, protesters are rekindling the true European spirit

by Costas Douzinas from The Guardian Dual identities create tensions. I was born in Greece but have lived most of my life in Britain. When I arrived in London, after the fall of the Greek dictatorship in 1974, I was told in no uncertain terms by an elderly gentleman walking his bulldog that Britain does not belong [...]
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The Greek Crisis – Politics-Economics-Ethics

Listen here to the debate at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, held on May 5th. Speakers: • Stathis Kouvelakis, Kings College, London • Kevin Featherstone, Director, Hellenic Observatory, LSE • Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS • Peter Bratsis, Politics, Salford University • Costas Douzinas (Chair) Birkbeck Introduction by speakers: [audio http://bedeutung.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/2010_05_05_greekcrisis_speakers.mp3] Open debate: [audio http://bedeutung.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/2010_05_05_greekcrisis_audience_comments.mp3]
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The End of Politics (2): Europe

by Costas Douzinas How different does Europe look today from ten years ago. In 2000, influential commentators hailed the dawn of the ‘new European century’ to replace the atrocious ‘American’ 20th century. Europe was on the way to becoming the model polity for the new world. The re-unification of Germany, the successful introduction of the Euro [...]
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The end of politics and the defence of democracy

In this month of the ‘Greek passion’ one thing is certain. The country will never be the same again. But while the commentators, academics and ‘experts’ discuss endlessly the economic crisis, the deep political malaise has gone unnoticed. The three ‘waves’ of ‘stability’ measures have befallen Greece like an evil tsunami which will turn the current recession into a depression with no clear end. But they also attack the foundations of democracy. The unfolding events offer a panorama of the symptoms of ‘the end of politics’.
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In the next decade, I hope to become more radical

by Costas Douzinas from The Guardian How different things looked in 1900 and 2000. The end of the 19th century was drowned in fin de siècle gloom. The end of the 20th century was, on the contrary, exuberant. President Bush Sr triumphantly announced in 1991 that a “new world order” was coming into view in which “the [...]
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Jerry Springer Politics in Greece

by Costas Douzinasfrom THE GUARDIAN A sense of deja vu has dominated the Greek election campaign. The protagonists, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and leader of the opposition George Papandreou, have been repeating earlier skirmishes between Costas Karamanlis senior (uncle of the prime minister), the rightwing leader of postwar Greece, and George Papandreou senior in the 50s [...]
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