Jun 27, 2012

Fredrick Erixon

Interview with Fredrick Erixon - 25.06.12

European leaders will discuss specific steps towards a cross-border banking union, closer fiscal integration and the possibility of a debt redemption fund at a summit on June 28-29, according to a document prepared for the meeting.

Meanwhile, Germany will confront an increasingly united bloc of euro area nations demanding more ambitious policies to fight the financial crisis this week.

Fredrick Erixson the Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy spoke to Helen Skopis who began by asking him what can be expected from this summit, taking into consideration the division within the EU on how to tackle the crisis...

May 22, 2012

And on a different note we proudly present an interview with the mighty Daedelus, LA’s premium dandy and beats craftsman extraordinaire from the Black Athena Radio Show. 
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Apr 10, 2012

Movement of the Unemployed 04.03.2012


Although it is too early to make valid predictions about the outcome of the parliamentary elections expected to take place in Greece, the fragmentation of the political scene will most probably result in a coalition government. The outcome of the elections will have fundamental impact on the reform process in Greece and in a path-dependent manner will define the fate of the €130 billion EU/IMF financial assistance programme as well as the purposefulness of the debt-exchange programme set in motion in March this year.

In this view, the outcome of the elections in Greece will weigh heavily on the developments concerning Spain and Portugal as well as on the EU-level discourse surrounding these developments. Currently there are thirteen political groups that will seek a pass into the Greek Parliament. One of these groups is the Movement for the Unemployed.

To find out more about this movement, Helen Skopis (Athens International Radio) spoke to their spokesman Socrates Akritidis...

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Creation Again 06.04.2012

 Government spokeman Pantelis Kapsis has said that the date that general elections will be held in Greece will be announced this week (during Orthodox Holy Week). As right now the prevailing sentiments among voters are anger and desire to punish, it is difficult to predict which way the elections will go. Right now, the pro-memorandum camp does not appear to be even sniffing at a victory, according to recent opinion polls. In contrast, it is the forces of protest that seem to be gaining momentum. 
 Currently there are at least thirteen political groups that will seek a pass into the Greek Parliament. One of these groups is called Creation Again. Helen Skopis (Athens International Radio) spoke to Agis Veroutis, one of the founding members of the party and began by asking him about the main positions of his party's election platform...


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Mar 6, 2012

Tony Benn 17.02.2012

Tony Benn, a British Labour Party politician who served as a Member of parliament for fifty years spoke to Helen Skopis and Athens International Radio about his decision to support the call for a European Front to defend the people of Greece and all those facing austerity. He wants to work with trade unions, campaigns and parties across Europe to establish a European Solidarity Campaign to defend the people of Greece who cannot be made to pay for a crisis for which they are not responsible.

Feb 27, 2012

Nigel Farage 06.02.2012


Journalist Helen Skopis spoke to member of European Parliament and leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage about the effort to keep Greece from tumbling into default ...


Dec 11, 2011

Fredrik Erixon 21.11.2011


Fredrik Erixon, director for the European Centre for International Political Economy spoke to journalist Helen Skopis and Athens International Radio 104.4




Gilles Thieffry 09.12.2011


Gilles Thieffry, a Partner at GTLaw, Geneva, has studied the legal consequences of the break-up of the European monetary union since 1998. To discuss what his research has shown, Helen Skopis spoke to Mr. Thieffry about his analysis of the "redomination risk" confronting markets.

Dec 8, 2011

Nigel Farage 07.12.2011


The EU summit tomorrow and Friday is being billed as one of the most crucial in the EU's history. Europe is desperate to avoid a re-run of the 2007-2008 credit crunch.
Helen Skopis and Athens International Radio spoke to Nigel Farage a member of European Parliament and the leader UK independence party.

Mark Mazower 17.11.2011


Mark Mazower is a historian and writer, specializing in modern Greece, 20th century Europe and international history. He is the director of the Center for International History at Columbia University and his articles and reviews on history and current affairs appear regularly in the Financial Times and The Guardian. 
Journalist and chief editor at the Athens International Radio, Athina Korlira, spoke to him about the current financial situation in Greece.