Alex Economou

News

Celebrations should also reflect on First Australian stories

A record 25,000 people will be coming forward to become citizens on Australia Day this year, adding to the national day’s significance. For the minister directly tasked with overseeing celebrations …

Features

Greek matriarch reaches major milestone in a long life

She turned 99 this month and Eleni Xydias  has big progeny to sing her praises: Six children, 17 grandchildren, 28 greatgrandchildren, and three great great grandchildren and a several lifetimes …

Features

She is 80 and she still nurses her vocation to help others

She is 80 and her zest for life is undimmed. The eyes are bright and miss very little and the wisdom of years tempers the energy  that sparkles from that …

Life

Church is focal point of Greek community in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

The foundation stone of Bulawayo’s Greek Orthodox church, St John the Baptist, was laid down in 1934 and was consecrated by the first Greek Orthodox archbishop for southern Africa, Archbishop …

Features

Orthodox church in Zimbabwe keeps flame alive with Greek community support

The churchgoers’ response to Fr George Glafcoss is immediate and their singing is spontaneous and continuous. The sound of the many voices rises above the rafters and seems to lift …

Features

Australian iconographers take centre stage in exhibition of their art

My first impression of an iconographer goes back to my childhood. On my way from school and through the winding, cobblestoned streets of the old castle in Yannina, past the …

News

Economic future may look rosy but Greeks are struggling now

Georgios Papandreou, the founder of the Greek political dynasty, once said: “the numbers are up but the people still suffer”. It is a quote that would fit quite easily to …

Features

Jenny Mikakos has completed a year as Victorian minister for health and 20 years as a politician on the Australian stage

This is a landmark year for Jenny Mikakos, who turned 50 in January. She has the distinction of being the first Greek Australian woman to be elected to a parliament …

News

Greece is back in the game: positive economic growth ahead

This week was a big week for the Greek economy as autumn economic reports released independently of each other by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the independent …

News

Three-year vs four-year election term: Which election cycle is best?

The governments of 90 per cent of the world work are on a four- or five-year election cycle but Australia and New Zealand are among the few that hold elections …