May 14, 2007

What impact will Britain’s change of Prime Minister have on Elgin Marbles?

Posted at 12:45 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

For some time now, everyone has known that Tony Blair intends to step down as Prime Minister, to be replaced by Gordon Brown. Will this change mean any change of direction for arguments over the Parthenon Sculptures?

The Observer

Notebook: Athens
One last comeback as Greece rediscovers Callas
Helena Smith
Sunday May 13, 2007
The Observer


Game on again to win the marbles back?

Also troubling Greeks is the question over what the departure of Tony Blair would mean for the long-running battle to reclaim the Elgin – oops, Parthenon – marbles from the British Museum.

In the corridors of the Greek Culture Ministry, officials are whispering that a new broom in Downing Street may help their cause. The British PM’s departure comes only months away from the opening of the long-awaited and, may I add, resplendent, New Acropolis Museum at the foot of the holy hill. The £93m, three-storey behemoth will put ‘irresistible’ pressure on Gordon Brown to give back the marbles, campaigners say. ‘I am sure that the construction of the museum will provide a new, very powerful argument,’ said the Greek Prime Minister, Kostas Karamanlis.

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