Somebody has to go to the roots! That’s why we go to Greece, where the European economic crisis showed its ugly face for the first time.

Day 67 - 1.02.2015 - 19:46 - Crisis -

A comment by journalist Elina Makri about the situation in Greece after the elections

One thing is sure, there is more euphoria and optimism, much, much more than fear. There was a general feeling and strategy behind last vote for many young people and not only. It started like: “Let’s give the chance to a new person.” And now, some days later: “there is someone else there NEGOTIATING and not just taking orders.”

Since the beginning of the turmoil, there were some serious questions from the citizens that nobody gave clear answers: what percentage of the loans goes to the banks and what comes to the taxpayers-citizens?
A common saying, “Is there no other solution than the one Troika, the German politicians and the old government imposed? Is there really and never an alternative?”

These are serious questions from the hard core of the society. A society that the last five years is addressed in terms of numbers but when the Greek society is doing the maths (see German war reparations or when Germany was in need, Greece and other countries, agreed to cancel half of postwar Germany’s debt)  the German politicians scream foul. The new government seems determined, Alexis Tsipras formed pretty fast a cabinet which has already started to negotiate. Many Greeks feel and believe that at the place where the terrible experiment of the austerity program started, here should also end.

Two years ago, the new Finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, created a 9min documentary. Varoufakis suggests three alternatives to end the crisis in Europe. Why we don’t even discuss them?

In that context, there is also the democratic problem: When 36,3% of people (who voted for Tsipras) send a sound message and for the high priests of the austerity is just a tiny insignificant detail, it’s a matter of democracy from now on. They just don’t care about the people. « Il ne peut y avoir de choix démocratique contre les traités européens » said the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker ! This is no longer a democracy and no longer an arena for the Greeks. Are you sure that it is one for the French, the Italians or the Spanish?


Day 7 - 3.12.2014 - 13:34 - Crisis -

GenZapp Day 7: The problem of striking flight controllers


Day 7 - 3.12.2014 - 10:53 - Crisis -

GenSep in Greece: How a young Greek fights against the crisis


Day 6 - 2.12.2014 - 11:34 - Crisis -

Choices of Voices in Greece: What is better/worse in your country than in Europe?


Day 4 - 30.11.2014 - 22:41 - Crisis -

GenSep Report: The crisis’ good sides

Greece is currently experiencing a start-up boom. Among the many companies that could open up in any city worldwide, there are special start-ups that are unique to Athens. Do they exist thanks to the crisis?

Betende Haende
Was there also some blessing in the curse that came over Greece with the economic crisis in 2008? The street artists seem to think that a bit of payer won’t do any harm.

By Virginia Kirst

Vassilis Salapatas is a successful start-up founder in Athens. He started “SciFY” in April of 2012. Today, he has five full-time and two part-time employees. Now, Salapatas is searching for more investors and international collaborations. A typical start-up in Athens, one would think. But SciFY is different.

The founder to begin with, is not a young, trendy man that seeks individual fulfillment and international success with his innovative business model. Salapatas is 57 years old and a chemical engineer by profession. The only thing he has in common with the stereotypical start-up founder is his lumberjack beard.

He lost his job at the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008 and did not even bother to search for a new one. “I knew that I would not find anything because of the bad situation of the economy”, he recalls. Instead, he founded a company for household technologies based on his professional expertise two years after being laid off. Lesen Sie weiter…


Day 4 - 30.11.2014 - 17:28 - Crisis -

Our last day in #Greece comes to an end. Also today we gained many insights into the #crisis. #gensep

Our last day in #Greece comes to an end. Also today we gained many insights into the #crisis. #gensep via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/wB3QFJgutA/

Day 4 - 30.11.2014 - 16:47 - Greece -

Looking forward to my interview with startup expert @PavlosEfthymiou #gensep #greece #crisis via http://twitter.com/V_Kirst


Day 4 - 30.11.2014 - 16:47 - Greece -

Our last day in #Greece comes to an end. Also today we gained many insights into the #crisis. #gensep http://t.co/KixUyoPXUV via http://twitter.com/V_Kirst


Day 4 - 30.11.2014 - 13:37 - Greece -

Startup founder Vassilis Salapatas with a prototype that helps physically challenged people to operate PCs #gensep #greece

Startup founder Vassilis Salapatas with a prototype that helps physically challenged people to operate PCs #gensep #greece via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/wBi0VKguvr/

Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 21:22 - Crisis -

A winner of the crisis in Greece: Taxibeat


Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 20:09 - Crisis -

One more thought: Ronald Tenbusch in Greece


Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 9:27 - Greece -

Also on the plan for today: a top secret Interview releated to last weeks nationwide strike #greece #gensep #crisis
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Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 9:07 - Greece -

Team #crisis is getting ready for the second round of interviews. Today we’ll meet the new generation of Start-up-founders #greece #gensep
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Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 4:06 - Greece -

Team #Crisis somewhere between FinalCut and the Storyboards of tomorrow… #greece #gensep

Team #Crisis somewhere between FinalCut and the Storyboards of tomorrow… #greece #gensep via Instagram http://ift.tt/1FEhNRg