Journalist, author, and CEO of New Europe Group
Basil A. Coronakis is a Greek publisher, journalist and author. Coronakis was educated in Italy, studying Hydraulic Engineering at University of Naples Federico II University.
After completing his university degree, Coronakis went on to work as a Scientific Researcher with the National Research Council of Italy from 1965-1970. He was recruited by the United States government, and where he worked from 1970 to 1978.
In 1978, Coronakis moved into journalism and publishing. He founded Greece’s Weekly for business and finance that year, a colour magazine in the style of The Economist, written in the English language and targeted to the diplomatic and expat community in Greece.
During the early years of his publishing career, Coronakis also worked as a journalist with Kathimerini newspaper in Greece, where he wrote a column called ‘Isidora’s Notebook’ which grew to be one of the leading political columns of the early late 1980s and early 1990s. Coronakis also worked as a correspondent for several international media, including CNN and Il Sole 24 Ore.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Coronakis organised and ran a series conferences entitled Doing Business in, which ran successfully in Greece, South Africa, Romania, and Bulgaria.
In 1993 Coronakis founded the New Europe (newspaper), and served as its Editor and CEO until 2008.
In 2002, Coronakis authored The European Handbook, a book explaining the mechanics of the European Union Institutions. The book’s foreword was written by Neil Kinnock. The book was also translated to Slovak.
From 2008 to 2012, Coronakis served as Ambassador of the Regional Cooperation Council in Brussels (politically appointed upon recommendation of the Greek New Democracy government).
Since 2012 Coronakis is the publisher of New Europe and CEO of the New Europe Group.
As a journalist, Coronakis has covered many cases of maladministration. Some of the cases, including the Athens International Airport and Dalligate (the case against, and dismissal of John Dalli were widely covered in the press.
In April 2016, Coronakis authored his second book, The Deep State of Europe, which examines the corruption and maladministration taking place in the European Union and its institutions.
Coronakis has been awarded the honour of Cavaliere Ufficiale by the government of Italy. In 2010, he was awarded the Medaille d’Or by the Crans Montana Forum.