The Greek Professor of Byzantine and Neohellenic Studies at the University of Vienna, Mrs. Maria A. Stassinopoulou, gave a long interview to Austrian newspaper “Der Standard” commenting on recent developments in Greece.
“Greece is a characteristic example of economics superseding politics. This axiom as well as the general anxiety of the European leaders to realize who has the power control οf current circumstances are the main reasons why Greece is being portrayed in such a popularized and generalizing way by the international media.” said Mrs. Stassinopoulou.
According to the Greek Professor, the fear over the formation of new power relations is sidelined and transferred to the outskirts of the EU. The southeast country (Greece) is bearing the burden of this fear with all of its weaknesses and peculiarities as a country in terms of its tax collection system and several other issues. “But young people in Greece present themselves as Europeans and citizens of the EU” added Mrs. Stassinopoulou.
In her interview, Mrs. Stassinopoulou referred both to Modern Greek history and culture and the Byzantine era, which constitute two fields of research for the department of the University of Vienna, whose Chair is held by the Greek academic.
When asked about the new waves of migrants in Europe, Mrs. Stassinopoulou made a trip down memory lane referring to the Greek migrants moving to Austria, Germany, Belgium and Australia after the end of World War II and their return to their home country after the collapse of the dictatorship regime in 1974 and the EU membership access.
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