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The Greeks, the Pope, and the Euro’s Soul

What do the Pope’s visit to South America and the almost TV-series-worthy developments in Greece have in common? Even though the Pope claims to have no political intentions, with his passionate critique of economic injustice and environmental degradation, he would make a formidable politician. Visiting Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, he is set to address the incredibly sore and widespread income ... Read More »

Dire Detention: Private Security Firms and EU Immigration

For years, the detention of immigrants in the European Union has been delegated to private security contractors by some member states. Usually governments choose this option because it brings instant expertise to the detention centers at a lower cost. However, delegating practicalities in a sensitive field such as immigration to the business agenda can lead to a poignant situation where ... Read More »

Vita Activa

There is an inscription on Athens’s ancient city wall which claims that ‘The man with no public business has no business’. Greek ancient philosophy asserts that someone who is ignorant towards public affairs can be considered as being an idiot – an uneducated and self-centered person. However, it is comforting to know that in the same Athenian democracy, idiots were ... Read More »

Studying Abroad: Greece

While studying the history of Greece in the 19th Century in the last month I realized that the past may tell us more about the present than I thought. A little summary of my déjà-vu backwards, meeting austerity, speculation and European crisis in 1898. To understand the background of the past, I will start out with a little summary of ... Read More »

Studying Abroad: Greece 3

Greece is one of the gateways of many refugees routes to Europe. This is a fact, which does not go unnoticed on the streets of Athens. It is an afternoon in March. I am on my way to a self-organized refugee assembly. The meeting is about to begin. It takes place in a lecture room of a university building. In ... Read More »

Studying Abroad: GREECE

Checks&Balances is, as of this moment, starting a series of blogs from IRIO students studying abroad. Leonie Jegen is currently studying in Athens, Greece. First Impressions of Athens „So you guys think we are like Pakistani?,” asks me a friend’s friend in a bar. In front of us: a Greek life band, young guys with beards and long hair, enjoying ... Read More »