January 27, 2015
Over the years since I started taking an interest in the Parthenon Marbles, while Greek governments have come and gone, the Culture Ministry (under a variety of name changes) has changed leadership more than most departments. Ministers have come and gone, although only a few have made a real impact, perhaps for me, the most notable being Venizelos (who spearheaded campaigning in London in the lead up to the 2004 Olympics) and Samaras (who oversaw the opening of the New Acropolis Museum, although its construction started well before that). Both of these understood that it was an international issue & needed to be dealt with on an international level, if there was to be any traction.
Following Sunday’s poll, a coalition dominated by Syriza is now leading Greece. Its charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras hass already made his views on the Parthenon Marbles known a few weeks ago.
Today, the re-organisation of various government departments was announced, along with the naming of the new Culture Minister – Nikos Xydakis, who is already relatively well known to many in Greece as a political commentator in Kathimerini.
It will be interesting to see in the coming weeks how he feels that the Parthenon Marbles issue should be handled by Greece.
- Parthenon Marbles litigation still under consideration by Greece : May 20, 2015
- Greece considers raising archaeological site admission charges : May 21, 2015
- Greece is not ruling out Parthenon Marbles legal action : May 19, 2015
- SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras, Greece and the Parthenon Marbles : January 8, 2015
- Greek government to pursue new Parthenon Marbles strategy? : February 13, 2015
- Does Greece claim ownership of the Elgin Marbles? : August 13, 2003
- Greece drops plans for litigating over Parthenon Marbles : May 18, 2015
- Greece responds to UNESCO marbles mediation rejection : April 7, 2015