This Week: Economist Spiros Lavdiotis on Debt, Austerity, and what Ancient Greece Teaches Us

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lavdiotisThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature part one of a two-part interview with economist and author Spiros Lavdiotis. A former analyst for the Central Bank of Canada, Lavdiotis is the author of three books and numerous articles on the Greek economy.

In part one of our interview, Lavdiotis discusses the modern history of austerity as an economic doctrine, what ancient Greece can teach us about how to deal with a debt crisis, and what modern Greece can do today to alleviate its debt burden. This will lead to part two of our interview, on our next English-language broadcast, regarding solutions to Greece’s economic crisis, which according to Lavdiotis, involve a Greek exit from the Eurozone.

Tune in for this highly interesting and detailed interview, this week on Dialogos Radio.

May 23

Interview with Greek Whistleblower Zoe Georganta Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsHow was the Greek budget deficit falsified and worsened in order to bring Greece under the supervision of the International Monetary Fund and the “troika”? What claims have been made by whistleblowers from Greece’s Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) and what evidence have they presented? What charges is ELSTAT’s former president facing as a result of the evidence submitted by whistleblowers? Does Greece’s current large primary budget surplus actually exist, or is it a product of “creative accounting”?

Professor Zoe Georganta of the University of Macedonia in Greece and former board member of ELSTAT, discussed all of these important issues in a recent Dialogos Radio interview, featured in print this week in Mint Press News.

Find this interview here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/whistleblower-greek-debt-crisis-manufactured-unscrupulous-accounting/228076/.

May 10

This Week: Greek Whistleblower Zoe Georganta on how Greece’s Economic Statistics were Falsified and Worsened

georgantaHow was the Greek budget deficit falsified and worsened in order to bring Greece under the supervision of the International Monetary Fund and the “troika”? What claims have been made by whistleblowers from Greece’s Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) and what evidence have they presented? What charges is ELSTAT’s former president facing as a result of the evidence submitted by whistleblowers? Does Greece’s current large primary budget surplus actually exist, or is it a product of “creative accounting”?

This week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will speak with Zoe Georganta, professor of applied econometrics and productivity at the University of Macedonia in Greece, a former visiting scholar at Harvard University’s National Bureau of Economic Research, and former board member of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), who in an exclusive interview, will speak to us about all of these important issues.

Apr 26

Interview with Economist Roger Bootle Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsDialogos Radio’s interview with economist Roger Bootle of Capital Economics in London and winner of the 2012 Wolfson Prize in Economics for his plan regarding how any Eurozone member could safely depart the euro, has been published in Mint Press News. In this interview, Bootle discusses Brexit and the process which lies ahead for Britain, the prospects for Great Britain’s economy going forward, how Brexit will impact the European Union and Eurozone, and his award-winning plan for how any country can exit from the Eurozone and why he believes countries like Greece should depart.

Find this interview here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/award-winning-economist-eu-verge-breakup/227199/.

Apr 25

This Week: British Economist Roger Bootle Discusses Brexit on Dialogos Radio

rogerbootle2This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a timely interview with award-winning British economist Roger Bootle. Bootle is the founder and chairman of Capital Economics in London, a specialist adviser to the British House of Commons Treasury Committee, a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, the author of “The Trouble With Europe,” and the winner of the prestigious Wolfson Prize in Economics for his proposal titled “Leaving the Euro: A Practical Guide,” proposing how any Eurozone member could depart from the Eurozone in an orderly fashion. He will speak to us about Brexit and the process which lies ahead for Britain, the prospects for Great Britain’s economy going forward, how Brexit will impact the European Union and Eurozone, and his award-winning plan for how any country can exit from the Eurozone and why he believes countries like Greece should depart.

In addition, this week’s broadcast will feature a special interview with Leonidas Babanis, organizer of this year’s Greek Panorama exhibition, set to take place in New York City’s Grand Central Station on from May 11-13. Dialogos Radio is an international communication sponsor for this exhibition, and Babanis will talk to us about what visitors and attendees can expect to find at this year’s event.

Tune in for these two exclusive interviews, plus some great Greek music, on this week’s English-language broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

Apr 23

Transcript: Interview with Turkish Journalist Gürkan Özturan

gurkanThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with journalist Gürkan Özturan of Turkey’s dokuz8news. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of April 5-11, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio for this week’s edition of the Dialogos Interview Series is Turkish journalist Gürkan Özturan, who will speak to us about all of the latest developments coming out of Turkey. Thank you for joining us once again on our program.

GO: Thank you for having me.

MN: Let’s begin by discussing the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum. What are the changes which are being placed before the electorate? Continue reading

Apr 04

This Week: Interview with Turkish Journalist Gürkan Özturan

gurkan1This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a timely interview with Turkish journalist Gürkan Özturan of Dokuz8news, who will speak to us about recent developments coming out of Turkey which are relevant to Greece and to Europe more broadly. Özturan will discuss the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey and its potential implications, Turkish relations with the European Union, the possibility of a Kurdish state and Turkey’s potential response, and crackdowns on academic and journalistic freedom in Turkey since last summer’s failed coup attempt.

Tune in for this interview, plus some great Greek music, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

Apr 04

Commentary of the Week: A Greek Perspective on Trump, Brexit, and Media Hysteria (March 22-28, 2017)

commentaryoftheweek(Originally published in TheDuran.com)

By Michael Nevradakis

It’s a typical winter’s evening in Athens. This has been a cold winter, and the air is brisk. And wherever I go, the sweet smell of “success” is in the air. By “success” I am referring to none other than the vaunted “European dream,” and the “success story” of the Greek economy, as described by Greece’s former prime minister Antonis Samaras in late 2014, and as often repeated—even if not in those exact terms—by Greece’s “first time left” prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, far more recently. That scent of success comes from the noxious fumes of the fireplaces and makeshift furnaces which newly impoverished Greeks have lit to keep warm, since well over 80 percent of households are said to be unable to afford absurdly taxed heating oil for their homes.

This piece though is not meant to be about Greece, but about the United States, the anti-Russian hysteria that has taken hold, and the attacks that the newly inaugurated Trump administration is facing from protesters, the media, and the “deep state.” What does all of this have to do with Greece though? Everything. Crisis-stricken Greece represents a microcosm of what is transpiring in the United States and much of Europe today, and offers a useful lens through which to analyze current developments. Continue reading

Mar 30

Transcript: Interview with Analyst Alexander Mercouris

mercouris1The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with analyst Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of TheDuran.com. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 8-14, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is London-based writer and geopolitical analyst Alexander Mercouris. With a long career in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where he specialized in human rights and constitutional law, Mercouris is now a frequent guests on a number of television news programs and writes for several outlets, including TheDuran.com, which he has co-founded. Mr. Mercouris, thank you very much for joining us today.

AM: Thank you very much for having me.

MN: To get us started: Recently, United States president Donald Trump gave his first speech before a joint session of Congress. Despite the intense negativity on the part of much of the mainstream media towards Trump and his administration, this speech received many positive reviews from these same journalists and commentators. What are your impressions of Trump’s speech and the reaction to it? Do you believe it signifies a change in the stance of the media towards Trump, or does it perhaps signify a change in the direction of the Trump administration itself? Continue reading

Mar 30

Transcript: Interview with Economist Dimitris Karousos

karousos3The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with economist and analyst Dimitris Karousos. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 22-28, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is economist and economic analyst Dimitris Karousos, who is a member of the political directorate of Greece’s United Popular Front, and who has enjoyed a long career working for financial institutions within and outside of Greece. Mr. Karousos, thank you very much for joining us today.

DK: Thank you for your kind invitation.

MN: Let’s begin by discussing the recent deal that was reached between the Greek government and its European lenders. The Greek government has engaged in a big PR show, portraying this new agreement as one that will not deliver even one euro’s worth of new austerity measures, as a result of the so-called “equivalent measures” that will be adopted. This begs the question, if the net sum of these new measures is zero, then why enact them? And continuing along this line of thinking, what does the new agreement actually entail and mean for Greece? Continue reading

Mar 28

Two New Interviews Featured in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsTwo of Dialogos Radio’s recent interviews have been featured in print, in Mint Press News.

In “The Duran’s Alexander Mercouris On “Fake News,” Russia Allegations And Change In Europe,” Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of The Duran, spoke to us about a wide gamut of issues, providing his analysis of Trump’s foreign and defense policies, Russia, the Ukraine, Syria, Brexit, Grexit, and so-called “fake news.” This interview can be found at http://www.mintpressnews.com/the-durans-alexander-mercouris-on-fake-news-russia-allegations-and-change-in-europe/226294/.

In “Greece’s New Deal From European Lenders Delivers More Neoliberalism,” Greek economist and analyst Dimitris Karousos spoke to us about the Greek government’s recent agreement with the troika and what it actually entails for Greece, about the difference between a parallel/dual currency and a national domestic currency, and about the steps Greece could follow in order to depart from the Eurozone in an orderly fashion. This interview is available at http://www.mintpressnews.com/greeces-new-deal-from-european-lenders-delivers-more-neoliberalism/226337/.

Mar 24

Our Latest Commentary Featured in TheDuran.com

duranCheck out the recent analysis by Michael Nevradakis, producer and host of Dialogos Radio, titled “A Greek Perspective on Donald Trump, Brexit, and Media Hysteria,” featured this week in TheDuran.com. This piece looks at international developments, including the new presidency of Donald Trump in the United States, Brexit in Great Britain, war and conflict in the Middle East, and anti-Russian hysteria in the mass media, from an “on the ground” perspective in Greece.

Find this piece (in English) here: http://theduran.com/greek-crisis-eu-trump-brexit/.

Mar 22

This Week: Interview with Economist Dimitris Karousos

karousosThis week, Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with economist and financial analyst Dimitris Karousos, who will speak to us about the Greek government’s recent agreement with the troika, the current state of the Greek economy and the Greek banking sector, and about the differences between a dual/parallel currency and a national domestic currency, and the need for Greece to return to the latter.

In addition, Dialogos Radio’s commentary of the week returns this week after a momentary hiatus.

Tune in for this exclusive interview, our commentary, plus some great Greek music, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

Mar 08

This Week: Interview with Analyst Alexander Mercouris + Spoken Word Artist Dylan Wolfram

mercouris2This week on Dialogos Radio, we will be featuring, as part of the Dialogos Interview Seriestwo special interviews!

First, we will have the opportunity to speak with journalist, analyst, and longtime lawyer in the Royal Court of the United Kingdom Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of TheDuran.com. Joining us from London, Mercouris will provide his insights for us on a number of current issues, including the latest actions of the Trump administration, the path towards Brexit in Great Britain, anti-Russia hysteria and the establishment media’s agenda, developments in the Ukraine and Syria, and a view on the Greek government’s latest deal with its creditors and what continued austerity means for Greece.bellows

This interview will be followed up by a special feature with young Greek spoken word artist Dylan Wolfram, who will speak to us about his latest spoken word release, titled “Bellows.” In addition to this interview, we will hear two cuts from Wolfram’s recent spoken word project.

Two great interviews, all this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!

Mar 03

Transcript: Interview with Professor of Political Economy Mark Blyth

markblyth4The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Brown University professor of international political economy Mark Blyth. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of February 10-17, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is political scientist and Brown University professor of international political economy Mark Blyth, author of such books as “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Mark, welcome back to our program and thank you for joining us today.

MB: Always a pleasure, Michael.

MN: We’ve spoken in past interviews about austerity, and of course, about your book, “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Looking at the past couple of years and at the present in Europe, is there any sign, any indication at all, that the policies of economic austerity that are being pursued have had any sort of positive outcome? Continue reading