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Greek Social Issues 2-2013: “Social perceptions about the number of immigrants in Greece today: Visibility and Co-existence, 2012”

Thursday, 31 Jan 2013

The phenomenon of immigration is preoccupying public opinion in Greece. Discussion focuses mainly on the number of immigrants living in the country, their nationality and the possibility of their co-existence with Greek citizens.

Greek Social Issues 1-2013: “The use of the bicycle in Greece, 2012”

Friday, 11 Jan 2013

In 2012, the 3.1% of Greek people stated that they use the bicycle for their daily transportation, to and from work or school, for shopping or entertainment. Cyclists are mostly men (4%), especially unmarried and in general, young people of 18 and 24 years old (7%), but significant percentage of use is also observed in the middle age groups, e.g. in the category of 45-54 years old (5%).

Public opinion polls and elections 2012

Thursday, 06 Sep 2012

 The parliamentary election in May 2012 and the repeat election in June provided a challenge for Greek public opinion polls. Apart from the impressions created, the problems that arose are numerous. It is more than likely that these problems will continue and perhaps even intensify. The phenomenon of the growing and largely unforeseen rate of abstention, along with “spiral of silence” effect, in various forms will in the future limit the predictive power of Greek public opinion polls.

Elections of 17 June – the right and the wrong

Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012

The result of the 17 June election was in no way certain from the outset. On the contrary, the outcome of the contest remained open until the last moment. Indeed, as it turned out, the most recent pre-election period showed the greatest historically observed momentum ever and was clearly stronger than the corresponding impetus seen in May.

SYRIZA takes lead and Left gains momentum

Sunday, 03 Jun 2012

It appears that the parliamentary elections of 17 June will serve as a continuation of and follow-up to the momentum of the polls held in May.

The momentum of the new electoral contest

Monday, 21 May 2012

The forthcoming electoral contest will undoubtedly be characterized by the element of polarization, with left-wing SYRIZA and conservative New Democracy (ND) emerging as its leading players.

Elections of 17 June: The decisive turning point of the confrontation

Monday, 21 May 2012

The forthcoming electoral contest is even more important than the recent poll. The elections scheduled for 17 June may prove to be the ‘main quake’ rather than an ‘aftershock’.

The elections of 6 May 2012 and the end of the Greek two-party system

Monday, 14 May 2012

Without a doubt, the parliamentary elections of 6 May signal a radical change in the contemporary political and electoral history of Greece. The popular verdict formalizes the collapse of the party system that was formed during the Third Hellenic Republic. The consolidation of the institutional operation of two-partyism resulted in the alternation in power of the dominant two parties five times since the restoration of democracy (1981, 1990, 1993, 2004 and 2009).

The new Greek government

Friday, 02 Dec 2011

The new coalition government of premier Loukas Papademos obtained 255 votes out of a total of 300. This majority is probably not as strong as it looks. It is a well established fact that the power of a government does not primarily depend on its numerical majority. Greece’s only previous coalition government (under PM Tzanetakis) lasted only 102 days, while the “all party” government under PM Zolotas only 139 days. This axiom still applies today.

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The multiple impacts of the change of government

Monday, 14 Nov 2011

There is no doubt that the appointment of Lucas Papademos as leader of Greece’s interim government will accelerate the process of deconstruction/transformation of the domestic party system.

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