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Kakuriotis, Fanos

Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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Eleftherotypia - Greece | 16/03/2009

Italy's dormant Left

The intellectual Fanos Kakouriotis analyses the state of the Italian Left in the Greek daily Eleftherotypia: "After 1991 the Left in Italy followed a ... politically correct line. ... It got rid of everything that had anything to do with the word Communism, apart from a few exceptions like the Communist Refoundation Party. After that ... it also struck the word Left from party names, giving birth to the Democratic Party. ... After the resounding defeat in Sardinia ... and the resignation of Walter Veltroni as chairman ... the Democratic Party seems to be afflicted with old-age syndrome, and to have regressed to the stage of early infancy. Today ... Berlusconi appears as Italy's most believable politician (for many the 'workers' prime minister), and in view of the prolonged dormancy in which the ... apolitical, anti-Marxist centre-left finds itself, it will ultimately be the right-wing extremists and neofascists that benefit."

Eleftherotypia - Greece | 04/08/2008

Brussels, the divided capital

Fanos Kakuriotis, professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, comments on the political crisis in Belgium and the future of Brussels: "Brussels will be the point of contention if the Flemish and the Walloons decide to part. One idea was to give the city a special, independent status in the framework of the EU. ... But this was rejected by the Walloons and the Flemish alike. Maintaining the status quo in Belgium is a question of prestige for the EU, since both Belgium and the EU are experimental 'nations', representing 'unions' still under construction. ... But the Europeans firmly believe that Brussels should go on existing as it is now - a city of antipodes, multilingual, with well-dressed citizens and ragged beggars, ... with a perfect transport system ... and without the access corridor demanded by the Flemish."

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