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Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the new stability in Hellas

Balance of the first legislative period and challenges of the new government

Greeks were called to the polls twice within five weeks in May and June to elect a new parliament. In both rounds of voting, which took place on the basis of different electoral laws, the Nea Dimokratia of the new and old head of government Kyriakos Mitsotakis won over 40% of the vote. Now it can govern with an absolute majority for the next four years. What are the reasons for the high approval rating? Why was the opposition unable to score, and how will the new Greek government work in the future? - this country report provides the answers.


Parliamentary Elections in Greece

Stability or Deadlock?

On May 21, 2023, Greece is going to elect a new Parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has asked the President to dissolve the Vouli at the end of his 4-year term. There is a good chance that Mitsotakis will remain Prime Minister and be able to stay his course of stability, progress and growth; but opposition leader Tsipras is also trying to form a possible coalition of up to four parties. However, due to the changed electoral law and some uncertainties, a second ballot will very likely be necessary before a new government is formed.

REUTERS / Adnan Abidi

Energy region Greece & Eastern Mediterranean - a region arises as Europe's supplier!

Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean can play a new important role

War in Ukraine, reduction of CO2 emissions, phasing out lignite; these are all keywords in the prevailing debates when it comes to energy supply in Europe. In the last two years, the way energy was used for electricity, heat and transport has been fundamentally changed. In the future, we will have to find new ways of producing and generating energy and prepare ourselves for a new era. Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean can play an important new role in this, to the benefit of the whole of Europe.

Pressebüro Nikos Christodoulides

New start in Cyprus: Nikos Christodoulides is the island's new president

Cyprus after the election

On the last day of February 2023, Nikos Christodoulides was officially sworn in as President of the Republic of Cyprus. Two days earlier, he published the members of his government. Cyprus experienced an election campaign unprecedented in decades, which brought a surprise in the 1st round and the danger of erosion for the previously ruling party DISY.

Who will succeed Anastasiadis?

Cyprus before the election

A divided island forever? A new president is elected in Cyprus. The result could bring new momentum to the solution of the Cyprus issues. An overview.


Urlaub auf der Trauminsel: bald emissionsfrei?

Was ein Experiment auf einer abgelegenen griechischen Insel mit der Zukunft der Mobilität und unseren Urlaubsplänen zu tun hat.

Griechenland ist für viel Sonne, seine weißen Strände und das türkisblaue Wasser der Ägäis bekannt. Aber für Elektromobilität, grüne Energie und nachhaltigen Tourismus noch nicht. Astypalea, eine kleine Insel in der Ägäis, will das ändern. Sie wurde von der griechischen Regierung und vom Volkswagenkonzern für ein besonderes „Experiment" ausgewählt. Emissionsfreier Urlaub in Griechenland könnte hier bald Realität werden und die Insel könnte Jahre vor dem jetzt europaweit beschlossenen Ausstieg aus dem Verbrennungsmotor Hinweise darauf liefern, wie E-Mobilität im kleinen Maßstab funktionieren kann.

A Comparative Analysis of Brain Drain in Greece and North Macedonia

Presentation and analysis of the results of a poll

Greece and North Macedonia on the way towards normalisation

It has been three years since North Macedonia and Greece signed the so-called Prespa agreement which put an end to the name dispute that had been going on since North Macedonia gained independence. Based on the agreement, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was renamed North Macedonia. For the latter, the most important result was that Greece dropped its resistance against the country's accession to NATO and the EU. However, while North Macedonia became a NATO member about one year later, Macedonians are still waiting for progress with regard to EU accession. Nevertheless, the Prespa agreement can serve as a good example of how to find a way to balance bilateral conflicts in a region of countries that are new to statehood or have regained independence after a long period of time, where history and identity policy can still determine the politics of the day. Three years after the agreement was signed, the KAS Offices in both countries carried out a survey to find out what the citizens think about it. In the country report at hand, the directors of both offices describe the results from the viewpoint of their country of deployment.

Results of a public opinion poll in Greece and North Macedonia

On the occasion of the 3-year anniversary of the Prespa Agreement

Poll that took place simultaneously in Greece and North Macedonia

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Ein grünes Upgrade für Griechenland: Zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit

Plötzlich sprechen alle in Griechenland von „grünem Wachstum“. Was steckt dahinter?

Der Klimawandel ist in Griechenland vor der Pandemie kein Thema gewesen. Auch in Zeiten des fortwährenden Lockdowns sorgen sich die Griechen mehr um ihre persönliche Gesund-heit und ihr wirtschaftliches Überleben als um das Überleben unseres Planeten. Doch anders als in früheren Krisen sprechen heute führende Politiker und Meinungsmacher aus Wissen-schaft und Wirtschaft erstaunlich einstimmig über die Nachhaltigkeit als der Schlüssel für die Rückkehr zu Wachstum und Wohlstand. Und anders als früher haben sie offenbar sehr kon-krete Vorstellungen darüber, was zu tun ist, um Griechenland ein „grünes Wachstum“ zu ermöglichen.