The Greek Financial Crisis

Summer of 2015

In June of 2015, I participated in the American Hellenic Institute’s annual foreign policy trip to Greece and Cyprus. While I was there, in this country where I had spent more summers than not, where my family began, a political and financial crisis that had begun in 2009 once again reared its head. Being on the ground, in and out of meetings with Greek politicians, economists, activists, journalists, bankers, and civil servants, I realized I had a far better understanding than I would have had if I had been sitting at home. News articles only highlighted pieces of the story, and failed to properly explain what was happening. My Greek friends and family at home were confused and frightened for the future of our shared ancestral home. I began writing on Facebook in order to try and inform my Greek-American community, as well as others. By the end of the summer, I had composed 5000 words on the ongoing crisis, published photos and video of Athens in flux, been interviewed by the BBC, and written a piece for Bustle. I received dozens of messages of thanks from peers and elders, Greek-Americans and American-Americans, friends and family, for helping them understand what was going on. I have collected the products of that summer here.

 

My archived posts to my friends and family, stretching from the end of June to August, covering debt negotiations, referenda, and politics.

 
 

Photographs taken in Syntagma Square, Athens on the night of the 2015 referendum. The people celebrate their act of defiance of the EU, having voted “oxi”, no, to a proposed bailout deal conditional on strict austerity measures.

 
 

An article I wrote for Bustle, cutting through the minute-to-minute minutiae in order to relate a cohesive narrative of the crisis.

 
 

Atmospheric video footage captured in Syntagma Square in the wake of the referendum decision that seemed to reject European demands and assistance in an act of independence.