The uncertain future of the historic Greek population in Turkey

Over the past few years it seems that the island of Imvros, a Turkish island in the Aegean Sea with a historic Greek population, is experiencing what's been described by some as a small Greek renaissance, as some descendants of the Greeks who were largely displaced in the 1960s have begun trickling back.

Think of Greeks as a tribe, not of Greece as a civilization state

Greece has long been perceived as a civilization state. While well-meaning, this overambitious characterization based on fallacious reasoning cannot apply to the Hellenic Republic. Given how many millennia modern Athens is removed from the apex of Hellenism, imagining Greece as a civilization state implies that its best days are behind it.

Diaspora Greeks in Greek politics

Much has been and will be written about the rather unexpected candidacy of Stefanos Kasselakis for the leadership of SYRIZA, the leftist main opposition in Greece. Whether it will resonate with the members and voters of SYRIZA will become evident very soon. But this concerns the party.

Phoenix – Agon | Thessaloniki | To September 13

Delving into this year's International Museum Day theme of sustainability and how cultural institutions are affected by climate change and can contribute to combatting its effects, the Museum of Byzantine Culture ( presents a two-part exhibition, "Phoenix - Agon," which casts artifacts beside modern works of art.

Picking up the pace

Agreeing to the term for the sake of convenience, no matter how much it may irk certain circles, Greece is a "brand" with a solid international reputation. It is important to remember that Greece emerged from the devastation of World War II to become a prosperous country in spite of all the persistent structural weaknesses and problems that we, as Greeks, know all too well.

Portraits of the Revolution | Athens | To August 13

On at the National Historical Museum ( through August 13, "Portraits of the Revolution" marks the bicentennial anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, as well as 200 years since Dionysios Solomos wrote the poem that became Greece's national anthem, "Hymn to Liberty." Curated by Iris Kritikou and Iphigenia Vogiatzi who selected pieces from the museum's collection to show beside