#MakeAthensLive Update — 1 Day Left!

From the office:

We have less than 15 hours left in our crowdfunding campaign! It’s your very last chance to back us and #MakeAthensLive so head on over to Indiegogo, and get your subscription.

The team has published some great stories, editorials, and interviews in the last couple of weeks. Read on!

From Facebook, Medium, and beyond:

We broke the 20,000 euros barrier in our campaign and reached more than 12,000 likes on Facebook this week!

We interviewed Greece’s ex finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, about his experiences with ‪SYRIZA‬’s leadership as well as the ‪‎ECB‬’s president Mario Draghi, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and finance minister Wolfgang Schauble, the‪ ‎IMF‬’s head, Christine Lagarde and its chief technocrats, Poul Thomsen and Delia Velculescu.

In the second and final part of our exclusive guerrilla interview with Yanis Varoufakis, we discussed the Greek media, the Labour Party’s strategy on the ‪‎Brexit‬ referendum and the goals of his newfound Diem25.

Our friends at Krautreporter published a German translation of the first part of the interview.

We talked with Lambros, Yanna and Kostas who host three refugee families in their houses in Thessaloniki, northern Greece. It is not a rare occurrence as many people offer their homes as a shelter for an unspecified amount of time since the borders to central Europe remain closed.

In an editorial, Yannis-Orestis examined the pension reform bill that was voted two weeks ago setting new standards both for the social security system, as well as Greece’s politics in general.

Greek News Agenda ran both an interview and a short article about our project. The European Journalism Observatory (EJO) and OpenDemocracy wrote about us too!

We presented an interactive map with all the addresses provided in the Panama Papers that are associated with Greece.

Vouliwatch published an open call for more transparency in the financial statements of members of parliament. Of course, we could not but wholeheartedly support such an initiative.

‪‎Greece is on the front-line of the ‪‎refugee crisis as the country has always been at the crossroads of migration. In our archive video from 2001 one of the first migrant boats arrives not at the Eastern-Aegean islands but in Mantoudi of Euboea, mainland Greece.

The UNHCR and Swiss organization FLUX Laboratory sponsored an outing in honor of Europe Day. Minister of Culture, Aristides Mpaltas, took around 100 refugees on a tour of the Acropolis.

Some members of our team and the creator of the Aegean Summit, Spyro Ladeas, discussed cross-border media collaborations, innovation, the role of independent media and why we need such a summit.

The Aegean Summit is a conference that will take place in Athens, with the objective of facilitating cross-border and cross-media-platform collaborations between independent publishers, journalists and media startups from the Mediterranean & MENA region: Athens, Istanbul, Izmir, Cairo, Beirut, Tehran, Tunis, Amman.

We also created a video using images from our FOS PHOTOS photographers to illustrate facts and stereotypes about Greece.

‪May‬ 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia.‪‎

One year ago this day, we followed a kiss-in protest against homo/bi/trans/phobia outside the Greek Parliament. Watch our video.

From Twitter:

Yesterday, we revealed our next interview with independent MP Harry Theoharis.

New Democracy and Syriza responded to our interview with Yanis Varoufakis.

openDemocracy called for your support to our campaign.

Thanks again all your help!

We ask that you keep sharing our project and if you would like to, check out our Indiegogo campaign. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and keep checking back on Medium for more campaign updates. You can check out our website too.

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