Greeks turn to comedy to make light of their economic tragedies

By , December 27, 2013 12:29 PM

Helena Smith in Athens
The Guardian, Friday 27 December 2013 15.24 EST

“Athens witnesses surge in number of comedy sketch shows and musicals as Greeks seek solace from their economic turmoil.
Five nights a week, every week, the worn velvet seats of the Bretania theatre heave to the sound of thunderous applause.

The man provoking the clapping and peals of laughter is Lakis Lazopoulos, a stocky figure who spends the best part of three hours prancing across the stage in flamboyant costumes and wigs.

Greece’s most famous comedian, Lazopoulos is said to be the funniest man in the country, a modern reincarnation of the ancient satirist Aristophanes.

There is nothing that the comic will not lampoon. In this, his latest show, corrupt politicians, treasured customs – from evading the taxman to pocketing “ta mavra” [black money] – Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and the Greeks themselves are all in the line of fire. Audiences can’t get enough”…

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Greece wins Erasmus award

By , December 19, 2013 11:07 PM

Finland, Greece and Spain win Erasmus awards for investing in staff exchanges and teaching quality

Brussels, 21 November 2013

Three higher education institutions which receive funding through the Erasmus programme are named today as winners of the 2013 European Erasmus Awards. The gold prize winner is JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä, Finland, where 70% of the staff take part in Erasmus training abroad each year. The university regards staff exchanges as key to its efforts to improve teaching and learning quality. The Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece, and the Universitat Politècnica in Valencia, Spain, also receive awards (see below). The Erasmus Awards will be presented at the Tour & Taxis exhibition centre in Brussels this evening.
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Τεχνολογικό Εκπαιδευτικό Ίδρυμα Κρήτης (Technological Educational Institute of Crete), Heraklion, Greece

The Technological Educational Institute has over 15 000 students who are taught in six cities throughout Crete. Since 2005, the Institute’s 22 intensive programmes have provided a platform for internationalisation by creating links with local industry as well as world-leading institutions such as the University of Oxford and Imperial College in the UK. This has led to an international dimension of the degree programmes and helped academics from across Europe get to know the Institute’s work and staff members.

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Source: European Commission

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