The Greek Financial and Political Crisis: The View from Australia

Co-presented with the Divsion of Humanities and Social Sciences

91:10 minutes Download video (mp4, 254.49 Mb)

7 June 2012

As the Greek fiscal situation threatens to envelop the whole country in political crisis, Australians with a connection to Greece watch the unfolding events with a mixture of anxiety and despair. Financial crisis followed by political instability, the rise of right-wing extremism and the collapse of the traditional system of governance create an explosive mixture of circumstances that could lead the country out of the European Union and the Euro. An isolated Greece in a state of bankruptcy looks like more than a possibility on the horizon today.

The University of Sydney brings together a panel of Australian commentators with a spectrum of views and opinions on the way forward for the country of their ancestors.

Introduction by Professor Jeff Riegel, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney


  • Associate Professor Vras Karalis, Department of Modern Greek, School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Moderator)
  • Professor Tony Aspromourgos, School of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • The Hon. Sophie Cotsis MLC, NSW Parliament
  • Mr Vassileios M. Tolios, The Consul General for Greece, Sydney Consulate General
  • The Hon. Maria Vamvakinos MP, Federal Member for Calwell, Victoria

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