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Русофилията като елемент от националния популизъм в Гърция
Russophilia as Component of National Populism in Greece

Author(s): Vassilis Petsinis
Subject(s): Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Civil Society, Governance, Comparative history, Political history
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: political culture; populism; nationalism; Greece; Russia

Summary/Abstract: This article concentrates on the phenomenon of Russophilia in Greece and situates it within the context of national populism. Numerous political analysts and journalists have not examined Russophilia in Greece as a component of a national populism which cuts across the traditional ‘left-right’ spectrum. This research is very topical at a time when Russia is emerging as a competitor to the EU and the Kremlin is searching for political allies throughout Central and Southeast Europe. This study demonstrates that the foundations of public Russophilia in Greece are feebler than many external commentators tend to estimate. A rather ahistorical and almost ‘Messianic’ notion of Russophilia interweaves with national populism in the light of the dispute with the EU and Germany over the management of the economic crisis.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 45
  • Page Range: 171-190
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian