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.

iefemerida – Παπανδρέου σε ημερίδα του Economist: Τα χρήματα του Ταμείου Ανάκαμψης να μην αξιοποιηθούν με πελατειακό τρόπο [Papandreou at Economist conference: Recovery Fund money not to be used in a clientele way]

The Greek language press organization iefemerida reports on a speech delivered by former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreau. Read the Greek language article here.

Newsbomb – Οι ελεγκτές της Jumbo, το μέλλον της Άκτωρ και το ρεζιλίκι των «Greek Statistics» [Jumbo controllers, the future of Aktor and the resilience of “Greek Statistics”]

The Georgiou slander ruling is described in this Newsbomb article covering significant events in the newscycle. Read the Greek language article here.

ASA – Greek Statistician found liable for slander – continues to face persecution.

The American Statistical Association reacts to the news that Andreas Georgiou’s appeal of his conviction for slander has been denied by an appeals court in Greece. Read the statement here.

The Brussels Times – The Eurozone has a criminal justice problem

The Georgiou saga is mentioned in an opinion article from Matthew Richards. The article specifically calls for leadership in the European Commission to proactively prevent misuse of justice against those who “shine a spotlight on harsh realities”. Read the full English language article here.

ASA – ASA Reissues Georgiou Statement on Mitsotakis’s One Year Anniversary

To mark the first anniversary of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s time in office, the American Statistical Association renewed its attention on the continuing persecution of Andreas Georgiou by re-issuing their previous statement by the Board of Directors. Read the English language statement here.