European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen is visiting Greece (23-24.4) as part of a roadshow to promote the Investment Plan for Europe, which will utilise public & private investments of about €315 billion over the next 3 years (2015-2017).

During a press conference yesterday (video), Katainen stressed that Greece could benefit from (European Fund for Strategic Investment) EFSI-SME financing. He also added that public & private Partnership projects could also apply some risk sharing financing.

He also dismissed concerns about Greece’s access to the new NSRF funds in order to
...

On April 21, 1967, a group of right-wing army officers seized power in a coup d'etat establishing the Greek military junta of 1967-74.

Kostis Kornetis' book, Children of the Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the "long 1960s" in Greece traces the dissent and activism of anti-regime students that period, illustrating how they re-appropriated indigenous folk tradition for their progressive purposes and how their transnational exchange molded a particular local protest culture, culminating in the Athens’ polytechnic uprising in 1973. 

The book fills a gap in
...

Athens University of Economic and Business (AUEB) and the University of Kent, UK, offer a unique intensive MA in Heritage Management (HERMA), taught exclusively in English. They combine archaeology and business and are taught at Elefsina in Athens, an area of world-class archaeological significance.

HERMA focuses on teaching the skills required for the management of heritage sites across the world and on methods of effective collaboration with archaeologists, architects, conservators, stakeholders, marketing and education specialists, while fundraising and supervising specific projects.
...

The Green Cola Company from the town of Orestiada in the region of Thrace is a relatively young company with a remarkable sales and exports record. For decades, the company worked as bottler for the Greek chapter of Coca cola, before being hit by the financial crisis in 2008. 

In 2011, it began producing its own labels, becoming successful under its green cola label. In less than four years, the company managed a twelve fold increase in earnings (€12 million) and raised its exports share to 25% of its overall production (Israel, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus). The secret of Green Cola is nothing but
...

European Council President Donald Tusk has called EU leaders together for an extraordinary summit today to discuss a joint response to the crisis migrant flow from North Africa and to the unprecedented death toll as a result of increased human trafficking activity in the Mediterranean. "The objective of the summit is to discuss what member states and the EU institutions together can and must do to alleviate the situation now," he added. One of the topics to be discussed is targeted intervention against human traffickers in Libya.

...

In the Social Europe forum for analysis & opinion, Andrew Watt, Head of the Department of Macroeconomic Policy Institute within the German Hans-Böckler Foundation, argues that in many cases, recent world media reports on Greece aim to influence the outcome of ongoing negotiations between the Greek government and its European partners.

Andrew Watt notes that while it is a no-brainer to provide funding to support spending and investment in unraveling of the currency union as a whole." Watt goes on to argue that what’s needed "is simply a deal that gets Greece back on its feet again. The costs
...

A documentary series hosted by Alastair Sooke, titled Treasures of Ancient Greece, is running on BBC Four as of April 8, celebrating the unique legacy of Greek art, sculpture, philosophy, poetry and theatre, examining the extraordinary afterlife of the Greek masterpieces that changed the course of western culture.

The series consists of three episodes: the origins of Greek art, its riches and unique legacy are explored in the first episode, The Age of Heroes (video); the second episode, The Classical Revolution, focuses on the reasons behind the revolution that gave birth to classical Greek
...

Dance Festival @Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

The 14th Dance Festival of the Association of Greek Choreographers will be held at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, from April 24 until May 6. Choreographers will showcase their most recent creations. Spectators, with a single day ticket, will have the opportunity, to attend as many as five short works that cover the full spectrum of modern Greek dance.


Youth Theatre Festival @ Onassis Cultural Centre

The 5th Teenage Theatre Festival, co-organised by the Onassis Cultural Centre and the Grasshopper-Youth company, will be held on April 23-26. The
...

Speaking at a Banking Forum in Athens yesterday (April 21), Greek FinMin Yianis Varoufakis expressed certainty that an agreement between Greece and its international lenders would be reached and the situation stabilized. He added that "the convergence is clear and the institutions acknowledge it," although this may not happen at the upcoming Eurogroup in Riga, Latvia.

Varoufakis noted that both sides have invested in an agreement and will not allow the opportunity to go to waste. He explained that the government’s goal was to avoid older growth models and reject measures which simply serve to
...

Count Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776 – 1831) was a Greek Foreign Minister of the Russian Empire and one of the most distinguished politicians and diplomats of Europe, credited with founding the neutrality of Switzerland and the formation of the Modern Greek State.

His life and European contribution will be the topic of a joint film production between Russia, Greece and Switzerland. The initiative forms part of a broader campaign which will culminate in 2016, year of Greek-Russian Friendship. In this context, the two countries are working on a series of events, highlighting bilateral cooperation
...