How Greece's Economic Crisis Produced an Emerging Civil Society in Athens

ATHENS, Greece -The Greek economic crisis has hit this historic capital city hard. But if there is a bright spot, it is the grassroots social initiatives mushrooming all over the city. Designers, chefs, architects, writers, educators and other professionals — many of them unemployed — have channeled their energies into finding ways to feed, house, and maintain the dignity of the thousands of people suffering from deep cuts in social services. In a society drenched with politics, people from different political backgrounds are joining forces to try and somehow build something positive. By one count, the number of these initiatives grew from 238 in 2013 to 415 last year …READ MORE

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