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Questions for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

December 15, 2011

I'll be speaking tomorrow with a couple of program officers at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, a private philanthropy founded by Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos before his death in 1996. While I'm with them, I hope to gain some fresh insights, informed by a non-U.S. perspective, into the Greek sovereign debt crisis, its impact on the lives of ordinary Greeks, and its effect (if any) on philanthropy in Greece.

Here are a few questions I plan to ask:

  • Greece is at the epicenter of the European sovereign debt crisis. How did it get into the mess it finds itself in?
  • Can you give us a sense of what the crisis has meant for the average person in Greece?
  • Has it undermined their support for the eurozone? Has it undermined their faith in democracy?
  • Has the crisis affected the way the Greek people view their wealthy compatriots, in general, and philanthropy specifically?
  • What are your best guesses as to how the crisis will be resolved? Are the Greek people in a frame of mind to embrace years of austerity? What are the chances that Greece will end up leaving the eurozone?
  • Will philanthropy in Greece come out of this crisis stronger or will it be diminished in the eyes of the Greek people?

What else should I ask? Share your thoughts in the comments section below...

-- Mitch Nauffts

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It would be interesting know would Greeks join the EU if they knew what would joining lead towards? With this knowledge of political and economical impact, is the EU good choice?

Nenad, thanks so much for the suggestion. I'm adding it to my list.

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