20 Years of Mobile Telecommunication

by Christina Carabela, MSc

qed has conducted a survey on behalf of the Greek Mobile Operators Association (EEKT). Mobile telecommunication in Greece has completed 20 years of presence and this survey investigated the changes that this development has brought to the Greek society, the state and the economy in general. More precisely the survey has focused on:

• The effect of the mobile telecommunication upon Greek people and their every day life.
• The impact on the Greek companies, the use that they make of it and the benefits they received.
• The contribution of the telecommunication sector in the Greek economy.
• The role that this sector will play in the future.

The results of this survey were presented by Mrs. Christina Carabela, Managing Partner of qed in a press conference conducted by EEKT. This survey received a lot of publicity and many newspapers, news sites and blogs all over the country referred to the relative publication. Below you may find some of the relative links:

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7 Deadly Breaks

by Vassilis Kokiopoulos

Breaks in Greece are less task and more self related.
The Greek word for break is “dialemma” which is very close to Plato’s meaning of a musical pause. The “dialemma” in Greece is defined by an individual urge to cover, in the most cases, the need to be with others.
It is not organized around a task, which is let to rest in order to be picked up later. Breaks in Greece are interludes and not interruptions.

A 20 year old child with a “Kalashnikov”

by Anna Askaridou

The “18-24” favorite age group picked up the Kalashnikov and shoots famous branded shop windows, which until yesterday used to be admired and adored. The “18-24” age group abandons the huge venues of big clubs and hangs out in alternative, tiny and cozy bars in the city center.

The “18-24” age group, so suddenly shifts from a total extroversion, vividness, brightness and carelessness into an introvert and dark way of life. It seeks its lost insecurity, it sighs for the years of childish recklessness, it explores paths of diversity and it looks for ways out from the imprisonment of the image. But most certainly, it surprises with its unexpected transformation. Who knows what a 20 year old child has in its mind the moment he/she raises a Kalashnikov to shoot?

The new-bar

by Malvina Corpi

Walls made of concrete and some dusty LP covers from the 70’s, probably recently bought from the 7+7 store on Ifestou str., decorative new-antics, retro rusty metal chairs (I saw them packed in hundreds in a store on Varis-Koropiou avenue the other day), working benches and coffee tables, a self made stage made of old-fashioned wood that could host a live amateur rock band, imported beer and cocktails, served in a jar of Bon Mamma marmalade and a down town attitude, even in the suburbs. It looks as if this bar has been here for ages and has experienced a lot, but it just opened a couple of months ago.

Hipster advertisers and social media experts with iBook, iPad, iPod and iPhone after work are brainstorming in the working bench, which they share with a couple of 45 year-old girlfriends drinking white wine and discussing about something out loud. A student couple is one allover the other and a guy shows devotion to his book for hours.

Two pretty girls, dressed in white, offer you to try a rare kind of gin with a difficult name in a shot glass made of cucumber. If you order it in a drink, you win something. The 3 bartenders and some locals are cultivating a mustache supporting the Movember movement. Tom Selleck is the new fashion icon – but so is Kolokotronis.

The celebration of the new-retro, the new hip authentic hang out bar that spreads as fast as frozen yogurt in a city which just demonized the glamorous lifestyle and quickly discovers the all sharing community in a place made out of borrowed experiences.

I liked it. In this place I felt good, warm, familiar, myself.

New – homeless

by Katerina Ioannidou

According to EU data, 3 out of 4 European citizens consider that homeless people have been radically increased in their home countries within the last 3 years. This perception is especially intense in the countries of central and Eastern Europe as well as in Greece and Spain. Even the EU, which tends to keep track of everything, cannot give accurate data for not just Greece, but for the total of the EU as well.

Eurostat refers to 20.000 homeless for Greece in 2011 (raised by 25% since 2009). EU Parliamentarians mention about 30.000, while even more are reported by NGO’s. This phenomenon, which was an issue for the capital alone, is currently intense in urban areas as well (Trikala, Irakleio, Chania).

Moreover, the demographic characteristics of the homeless are changing: They used to be drug addicts, mentally sick and generally people with socially deviant behavior. Today they are ex employees of the middle class, with higher education and with an increasing tendency younger.

The economic development is being postponed and the conditions of economic enhancement require the adoption of further austerity measures.

In the end not only the body remains homeless but one’s dignity as well…

«Blind is someone who pretends not to know
that he is drinking from the dark well,
who makes a need out of anything that eats him alive
or hides it in the back yard to be forgotten»

Lyrics: Thanasis Papakonstantinou

EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review – June 2012 (2012)

Reading makes people happier

by Christina Carabela, MSc

The intellectuality of people is directly connected to their sense of happiness. A research conducted by qed on behalf of Public came to the conclusion that Greek people who read books tend to feel happier. More precisely, readers’ well being, which concerns their satisfaction from life, emotional prosperity and psychosocial integration is significantly higher compared to those who do not read books.

The survey has been published in many newspapers, news sites and blogs across the country. Below you may find some of the relevant links:

Τα Νέα, Έθνος, Καθημερινή, Ελεύθερος Τύπος, Δημοκρατία, Η Εφημερίδα Των Συντακτών, Athens Voice

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newingreece.blogspot.gr , sofiazgi.wordpress.com , eviatop.blogspot.grkrasodad.blogspot.gr , troktiko-blog.blogspot.gr , 24wro.blogspot.gr , stavrou-vasilis.blogspot.gr , himaira.blogspot.com , blogs.sch.gr , makinganoteof.blogspot.gr , epirus-tv-news.blogspot.gr , keratsinilibrary.blogspot.gr ,teleytaiothranio.blogspot.gr , modest.wordpress.com , kali-mas-mera.blogspot.gr , pestanea.blogspot.gr , kinisipolitongeraka.blogspot.gr ,iseenews.blogspot.gr , diadrastiko.blogspot.grarmoniaart.blogspot.gr

The fear of unemployment in Greece

by Vassilis Kokiopoulos

According to the latest report of the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate in Greece reaches 25% of the economically active population, with about 1.200.000 unemployed. These figures seem terrifying if we consider the “soft” definition of the employed, according to which the survey is conducted. Unemployment is now something that concerns the total of the population as, according to recent research, 1 out of 2 households states that it has at least one member looking for a job. This means that over 2.000.000 Greeks are seeking employment and almost half of the Greek people have a member of their family (if it’s not themselves) looking for work.

Moreover, the fear of unemployment is visible in the total of the employed people. To be more precise, dismissals of civil servants are always on the agenda. People with their own business seem to shut down their businesses one by one. Finally, regarding private employees, research shows that less than 1 out of 10 people consider as unlikely to lose their job within the next 12 months, while 6 out of 10 think of this possibility as very probable.