New Mayors, New Cities?

Paremvassi yesterday issued an announcement congratulating the victories of the new mayors of Athens and Thessaloniki, highlighting their civil society activism. George Kaminis, the new mayor of Athens, is a former citizen’s ombudsman (a mediator between citizens and public administration). Yiannis Boutaris is the new mayor of Thessaloniki.  In addition to being the former Head of the Association of Greek Wine Producers, he is the founder of Arcturos and one of TIME Europe’s Heroes in 2003.

Will they help set a new example for the future?  A new direction for Greece? It will be interesting to see if they draw from their experience with civil society to build relationships with the people in their communities and invite them to help guide local policy. I’m sure their supporters are anxious to see not only new policies, but new interactions.

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