Welcome to the Friends of Greece

The mission of The Friends of Greece is to promote the common good and general welfare of citizens of the United States and Greece (see mission statement here).  We believe that confidence in the rule of law and the integrity of economic statistics are important foundations for a healthy, prosperous, and productive society.  If you have found your way to this blog, you are likely to feel the same way.

These pages contain a repository of information about the ongoing public criticism, civil and criminal charges that have been levied against Andreas Georgiou and others who produced official Greek government statistics from 2010 to 2015.  For a comprehensive introduction, the International Statistics Institute maintains a document that provides a chronological summary of the court proceedings from 2011 to 2018.  Editorials in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and The Economist provide brief introductions to the saga.  This blog page contains our catalogued and searchable repository.

We hope that this compilation illuminates the truth of these matters, and that it helps you to be an informed and effective advocate for the value of international statistical standards and an impartial and effective judicial system in Greece.



ISI – background on the Georgiou case (July 2018)

The International Statistical Institute (ISI) has a background document including a chronology of the court proceedings against Andreas Georgiou and a summary of the position. The document is available online on the ISI website.

FT – Brussels must assess Greek judicial reform efforts

The Friends of Greece encourage the new European Commission to pursue the EU commitment to closely monitor Greek judicial reform and the defamation lawsuit against Greece’s former chief statistician, Andreas Georgiou. See the English language article here (subscription required).

Süddeutsche Zeitung – Keine Angst mehr vor dem finanziellen Nichts [No more fear of financial oblivion]

This German review of the Spring elections in Greece closed with thoughts about the Georgiou persecution.  “One of the burdens of the Tsipras government is the political instrumentalization of the judiciary. This became clear, for example, in the Kafkaesque prosecution of former statistics chief Andreas Georgiou, who was alleged to have “artificially” increased Greece’s deficit. Such obsessions should end the new government. It no longer has to fear that Greece will fall out of the Eurozone or into financial futility. That is a good condition for a new beginning.”  Read the original article in German here.

EC – European Commission: Enhanced Surveillance Report on Greece

The European Commission issues an enhanced surveillance report monitoring the commitments of the Greek Government at the Eurogroup of June 2018.  The developments in relation to the legal proceedings against the members of the Committee of Experts of TAIPED and the former President and senior staff of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) are discussed on page 13.  Access the report through this link.

In.Gr – Η υπόθεση Γεωργίου, τα Greek Statistics και το «γραμμάτιο» που ήθελε να ξοφλήσει ο Τσίπρας στον Καραμανλή [The case of Georgiou, Greek Statistics and the “promissory note” that Tsipras wanted to repay to Karamanlis]

In.Gr reports on the case, read the article (in Greek) here.  A translation of the introductory sentences is below.

This case was set up in such a way so as to serve two poles. On the one hand, SYRIZA who had to take power by accusing the former [governments] of the deficit. On the other hand, the “Karamanlis faction”, i.e., the government which was in power from 2004 to 2009, which left a deficit of over 15% due to the incredible waste that increased public spending.