Co-Sponsored Events

Greece and the Euro: From Crisis to Recovery, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, April 12, 2019

The Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University and the Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics organized the conference, Greece and the Euro From Crisis to Recovery, on April 12, 2019, at the Fletcher School.

The conference was co-organised by Prof. George Alogoskoufis, Karamanlis Chair, Fletcher School, and Prof. Kevin Featherstone, Venizelos Chair, London School of Economics. The conference has benefited from the  financial support of the Onassis Foundation.

The purpose of the conference was to assess the causes of the Greek crisis and the prospects for the Greek economy after the conclusion of the economic adjustment programs in 2018.

The morning plenary sessions and the two afternoon parallel sessions concentrated on the economics and politics of reform in Greece.

The conference was opened by Prof. Ian Johnstone, Dean of the Fletcher School. The keynote address was by Prof. Lucas Papademos, Member of the Academy of Athens and former Prime Minister of Greece, who was introduced by Prof. Steven Block, Academic Dean of the Fletcher School.

Two panels of speakers provided overviews of the economic, institutional, political and cultural aspects of Greece and the Euro, both before and after the crisis.

These included, in alphabetical order, George Alogoskoufis (former Minister of Economy and Finance of Greece), George Chouliarakis (Alternate Minister of Finance of Greece), Nikos Christodoulakis (former Minister of Economy and Finance of Greece), Kevin Featherstone (Head of the Hellenic Observatory at the LSE), Stathis Kalyvas (Gladstone Professor of Government, Oxford University) and Panagiotis Roilos (Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University). The two panels were chaired by Prof. Yannis Ioannides (Max and Herta Neubauer Chair and Professor of Economics, Tufts University) and Prof. Constantine Arvanitopoulos (Professor of International Politics, Panteion University).

The afternoon sessions, in which papers were presented by a number of leading economists, political scientists and other experts, concentrated on more specialized aspects of reform of both Greece and the euro area. The sessions were as follows:

The Euro Area After the Crisis
Chair: George Chouliarakis (Ministry of Finance)

Yannis Ioannides (Tufts), Reforms, Deficits and Debt: a Unifying Framework for a Fiscal and Monetary Union
Athanasios Orphanides (MIT), Overcoming the Euro Crisis.
George Alogoskoufis (Fletcher and AUEB) and Laurent Jacque(Fletcher), Economic and Financial Asymmetries in the Euro Area
George Pagoulatos (AUEB and ELIAMEP), The Euro Area after the Crisis: An Economic and Political Stocktaking

Fiscal, Financial and Labor Market Reforms
Chair: Ploutarchos Sakellaris (AUEB)

Apostolis Philippopoulos (AUEB) and George Economides (AUEB), Fiscal and Institutional Preconditions for a sustained recovery
Eleni Louri (AUEB) and Petros Migiakis (Bank of Greece), Financial Preconditions for a Sustained Recovery
Vassilis Monastiriotis (LSE), The Labor Market and Greece’s Unemployment Problem

Productivity, Income Redistribution and Growth
Chair: Nikos Christodoulakis (AUEB)

Nikolaos Leounakis and Ploutarchos Sakellaris (AUEB), Greek Economic Growth: Past and Future
Eirini Andriopoulou, Eleni Kanavitsa and Panos Tsakloglou (AUEB), Income Re-Distribution: From Crisis to Recovery

Institutional Reforms for a Sustained Recovery
Chair: Angelos-Stylianos Chryssogelos (Harvard)

Stella Ladi (Panteion, QMC) and Manto Lampropoulou, Market Regulation via Independent Agencies in Post-Crisis Greece
Calliope Spanou (UOA), Competing Frames and Domestic Discretion: Public administration reform in Greece
Georgia Kaplanoglou (UOA), Fiscal Institutions and the Monitoring Public Finances: The case of Greece

Political Reforms for a Sustained Recovery
Chair: Stathis Kalyvas (Oxford)

Spyros Kosmides (Oxford), Public attitudes towards domestic reform: Continuity and Change
Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos (UOA, Fletcher, Harvard), State-society relations and Domestic Reform Coalitions in Greece in Comparative Perspective
Kevin Featherstone (LSE) and Dimitris Papadimitriou (Manchester), External Discipline and the Greek bailouts: Process makes Politics

Greece’s Foreign Relations after the Crisis
Chair: Stratos Efthymiou (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Katerina Sokou (GWU and Kathimerini), Fast Forward: The Return of Geopolitics in US-Greece Relations
Spyros Economides (LSE), Greece’s Foreign Relations after the Crisis

Link to the full Conference Website

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Leader of the Opposition in Greece, at the Fletcher School, March 7, 2019

The leader of the opposition in Greece, and President of New Democracy (ND), Kyriakos Mitsotakis, spoke at the Fletcher School, Tufts University in Boston on March 7, 2019.

He gave the annual Behrakis Family Lecture. The Behrakis Family Endowed Lecture Series, within the Constantine G. Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies, is presented annually to promote the understanding of Greece’s domestic and international affairs.

He was introduced by Professor Ian Johnstone, Dean ad interim of The Fletcher School, while  Professor George Alogoskoufis moderated the conversation.

Athens News Agency

March 7, 2019

Describing the economy as the issue that will determine the outcome of the forthcoming elections, main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday estimated that 2019 will be a decisive year for the country’s path to recovery.

During his speech at Tufts University, the leader of the main opposition party argued that the country needs a “political change” to achieve stronger growth that would be sufficient to actually improve the daily lives of Greek citizens.

Mitsotakis said that he hopes that 2019 will be a year of significant and substantial political change. “I am not saying this because it is my obligation to do so as opposition leader but because I fundamentally believe that political change is now a prerequisite for Greece to face the future with sustainable optimism,” he added.

Mitsotakis estimated that for the first time markets view the possibility of elections as a positive development that will help consolidate stability.

Moreover, he analysed the main pillars of his economic programme, which, he said, focuses on investment and aims at growth.

“I am very worried about inequality,” he said and added: When I proposed the development plan for the next day, I was always talking about growth without exclusions. Therefore, growth in Greece today must be driven by investment. It can no longer be driven by consumption, as was the case in the past. And in order to promote growth through investment, some basic conditions must be created.

Regarding how Greece will become an attractive investment destination, Mitsotakis noted that he will “aggressively” move to improve the business environment through the methodical implementation of targeted reforms that will correct the systemic causes of corruption and bureaucracy.

Link to the Fletcher Invitation to the Lecture

Link to Athens News Agency Report

A Seminar with President Hollande at the Harvard Kennedy School, March 10, 2019

Professor George Alogoskoufis chaired a seminar with Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic 2012-2017, on the European Union and the transatlantic relation, at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

The seminar was organised in the context of the annual Europe Conference of students from Harvard and the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and was attended by both faculty and students from the two institutions.

President Hollande made an opening speech, and there was an extensive Q&A session coordinated by Professor Alogoskoufis. The discussion revolved around issues such as migration, enlargement, the economy, trade, and the governance of the European Union and the Euro Area.

Past Co-sponsored Events


The Constantine Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University in collaboration with the International Security Studies Program at The Fletcher School, co-sponsored and hosted the following events at The Fletcher School. The events were organized by Ms Renee Haferkamp I under the auspices of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and in collaboration with the Weatherhead Center for International affairs, the Kokkalis Program and the Nicolas Janssen Family Fund in Brussels.



  • 10/11/12 Thomas Mayr-Harting, Ambassador of the European Union in the United Nations, “The EU in the UN: One voice or many voices?”
  • 9/26/12 Olli Rehn, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, “The way forward for European Integration”
    • 10/12/11 Pierre Vilmont, Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service, “Europe and the Challenges of today s global world”


    • 10/26/10 Joao Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States, “In search for European Foreign and security diplomacy”
    • 9/27/10 Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, “Europe s global role after Lisbon”


    • 9/18/09 Javier Solana, European Union High representative for the Common Foreign and Security policy, “Europe s role in confronting global security challenges”


    • 10/29/08 Alain Lamassoure, Member of the European Parliament, Member of the EPP Bureau, “Transatlantic Relations after the US elections: What does Europe expect”
    • 10/8/08 Stavros Dimas, Commissioner of the European Union: Environment, “Environmental policy making in the European Union”


    • 10/18/07 Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Chairman of the Commission of Foreign Relations: European Parliament, “Enlargement of the European Union: past and future”
    • 12/7/07 Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner of the European Union: Energy, “The European energy policy: challenges and responses”


    • 12/4/06 Jamie Shea,Director-General for External and Politico-Military Affairs, Council of the European Union, “Global NATO: overdue or overstretch?
    • 11/1/06 Robert Cooper, Director General for External and Politico-Military Affairs, Council of the European Union, “Europe as a foreign policy actor. What it isn’t .What it is. How it (really) functions. Why it is good for the USA”
    • 10/10/06 Hans-Gert Poettering, MEP, Chairman of the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament, “EU and US- Common responsibility in the world”