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Dimou, Nikos

Protagon, Greece

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2 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far. - Greece | 04/09/2015

The Greeks' rude awakening

Three weeks after the parliament in Athens approved new austerity measures and the creditors' terms the liberal website Protagon describes the mood in the country: "For some months, perhaps even more than a year, the Greek people were drunk with the promises and visions of a gifted demagogue. … At the height of their rapture more than 62 percent of them voted for Greece's independence and sovereignty, for its independence from the evil foreigners. … And then all of a sudden we had a rude awakening. The world was not what the talented orator had promised. The country was in an even worse economic situation than before (our proud negotiations cost us another 60 billion euros), the banks were closed, there was no magician to bring us gifts and the austerity programme turned out to be the only solution." - Greece | 28/07/2015

Greek crisis: Nikos Dimou on anti-EU sentiment among Greeks

The critical attitude towards the EU prevalent in the government and among large swaths of the population will only hurt Greece in the long term, fears writer Nikos Dimou on the liberal website Protagon: "Europe is certainly no paradise, but it's the best thing we have right now. … Do you know another place on the planet that better respects the dignity of its citizens, which is more peaceful, more civilised and more progressive? Would you prefer Africa, South America or the Far East? I fear that the anti-European venom which is currently coursing through the veins of most of the Greeks will do us more damage than our debts or the deficit. We have always had a problem with our identity: is it Balkan, Oriental or European? Now we have talked up this problem so much that we are in danger of becoming a national non-entity. No one - not even the world's greatest superpower - is autonomous. Every person works within the framework of traditions, a cultural environment and rules. If we reject Europe, where do we belong?"

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