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About Othon Anastasakis

Othon Anastasakis is the Director of South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), Senior Research Fellow and former Director of the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford. He has written extensively on authoritarian regimes, extreme right, EU-Balkan relations, Greek politics, democratisation in the Balkans and Turkey's accession into the European Union. His latest books include Reforming Greece: Sisyphean task or Herculean challenge? (with Dorian Singh), SEESOX 2012 and Balkan Legacies of the Great War: The Past is Never Dead (with Madden and Roberts) Palgrave 2015.

Articles by Othon Anastasakis

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The five 'infections' of the social democratic 'family' in the Western Balkans

Social democracy is failing all across Europe; but it's impotence in the Balkans especially is having serious consequences for the region.

Grexit to Brexit: “Be careful what you wish for!”

There is an ironic parallel in the methodology of emotion and national dignity employed by both the left-wing Syriza in Greece and the right wing leave camp in Britain.

The good, the bad and the ugly: when SYRIZA meets Europe

The EU has shown three simultaneous faces to Greece: ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’, to use a cinematic metaphor, all of them with the same message but with a different delivery package

The balkanisation of Greece’s centre-left politics

Greece’s centre-left Pasok, one of the most prominent parties in post-1980 Europe, is now a pale shadow of itself and a marginal presence in the continent’s social democracy. 

The far right in Greece and the theory of the two extremes

The far right in Greece has become completely independent from the right, and is turning into a loose canon against New Democracy rather than SYRIZA or the other parties of the centre-left.

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