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Greece’s former top statistician says his scapegoating undermines scientific integrity and democracy

“No man delights in the bearer of bad news,” noted Greek playwright Sophocles in a work from over 2,000 years ago. That has proved tragically accurate for Andreas Georgiou, Greece’s former chief statistician.

This September marked 10 years since Georgiou (pictured) first faced charges relating to work he undertook, as president of Greece’s national statistics office, to ensure that national deficit figures were correct.

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