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The Greek Crisis and the Elections of 2012: The end of chimaerae?

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A wine reception will follow the lecture

Tuesday 12 June 2012 5:15 for 5:30pm

The Peter Richards Room, Hughes Hall, Cambridge, CB1 2EW

  • Since 2010, Hughes Hall has hosted a series of annual public lectures, reviewing the evolution of the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis.
  • Demetrius Floudas, revisits the topic, which has been at the top of the agenda of political and economic analysts in previous months

On 17 June 2012, Greece will face its most important general election of the last decades. Elections in this small country have acquired an unexpected world-wide significance that is very rare in comparable situations.

As it happens, some analysts predict that the whole future of the European idea depends on the outcome of this vote. The previous, inconclusive polls of May 2012 demonstrated that predictions of increasing political instability which might eventually derail the Greek bail-out process were unfortunately all too correct.

This lecture intends to present an understandable overview of the Greek and Eurozone crisis, for everyone who may have felt overwhelmed by the masses of information disseminated so far. At the same time, it will follow with deeper analysis of a number of issues, based on analytical prediction models as well as the speaker’s own experience from his observations of the political undercurrents in Greece.

  • How likely is it that Greece will default? What will really happen if it does?
  • How will a Greek collapse affect the UK, Europe and the rest of the world?
  • Why did Greek voters reject the European bail-out in May 2012?
  • What are the predictions for the June 2012 Greek polls? Is instability/riots/civil war a possible danger for the country?
  • What are the myths propagated on the European sovereign debt crisis and where can we find explanations closer to the truth?
  • What are the scenarios for the ‘day after’?

Demetrius Andreas Floudas is a Special Adviser to the ‘Forum for Greece’ political think tank. He has worked for the past year as Of Counsel to the Greek Government on a project related to the bail-out agreement. In addition, he has provided commentary on the unfolding crisis in the country to Greek and international media (BBC, VoA, Russia Today) on numerous occasions . Demetrius Floudas is a Senior Associate of Hughes Hall, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Hellenic Institute of International and Foreign Law.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception

All are warmly invited to attend.

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University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB1 2EW

Email: events@hughes.cam.ac.uk

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