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Youth Narratives of the Greek Crisis
In a changing political and social environment Greek youth face the consequences of the debt crisis and at the same time re-examine their identity and values.
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Launched July 2, 2012
Speculation about Greece exiting the Eurozone has exacerbated feelings of uncertainty among the Greek people who suffer the day-to-day impact of harsh austerity measures. The deep levels of corruption and unsustainable lifestyles, maintained by both the government and Greek citizens, render the Greek economic downturn a “crisis of values.” Greek youth are perhaps the greatest victims of this dismal situation as they face the consequences of a debt crisis that has been created by the older generations. Facing a record unemployment rate of 51.5 percent many young Greeks today feel that migrating to other E.U. countries and the U.S. is their only viable option.
Amid the changing political and social environment, how does this new era of austerity affect Greek identity and values? How does the younger generation define the crisis since, ultimately, it will be the one called upon to solve it in the years to come?
Edith Ismene Nicolaou-Griffin
Student Fellow
Edith Ismene Nicolaou-Griffin is a rising sophomore at Davidson College, in North Carolina, a prospective neuroscience major and film and media studies concentrator. Her interest in journalism began...
Region
Europe
Country
Greece
Topics
Economy, Politics, Youth
Subjects
Economics, Europe, Globalization, The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
Campus Consortium
Davidson College
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September 27, 2012 / Untold Stories
Can the Greek Film Industry Set an Example for Recovery?
EDITH ISMENE NICOLAOU-GRIFFIN
As the world focuses on Greece's financial bailout, Greek films have also made their way into international headlines. Amid a period of austerity, how do filmmakers sustain themselves and their work?
August 27, 2012 / Huffington Post
Greece: Time for a Peaceful Revolution
EDITH ISMENE NICOLAOU-GRIFFIN
While some Greek youth look to escape a climate of uncertainty, others choose to stay behind and fight against the pessimism of the times.
August 20, 2012 / Untold Stories
Higher Education in Greece: A Personal Crisis
EDITH ISMENE NICOLAOU-GRIFFIN
The Greek secondary school system is feeding into an already rigid job market. Students study hard, but rarely pursue their real passion.
July 3, 2012 / Untold Stories
Greece: The Youth Vote for Change
EDITH ISMENE NICOLAOU-GRIFFIN
For Greek youth the economic crisis is a wake-up call for change. Most side with SYRIZA, the anti-bailout party; others, wary of risking Greece's position in the Eurozone, favor the New Democracy.
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