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Former Greece PM: Greeks Won’t Tolerate A Government That Destroys Their Sacrifices

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 09.21.2015 | World

As Greece prepares to head to the polls for the third time this year, The WorldPost spoke with former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou about how...

'We Are Still Innocent.' Why To Potami Leader Wants Greece's Vote

HuffPost Greece | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.19.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece -- Before Greeks head to the polls Sunday to elect a new government and prime minister, the leader of To Potami, or "The River," Stavro...

Better Late...

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

The move by Tsipras to call for elections, despite the problems it creates and the political lapses it exposes, has an indisputably positive dimension.

A Corpse Can't Carry Out Reform in Greece. Here's What Can.

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

QUITO -- No country -- including Greece -- should expect to be offered debt relief on a silver platter; relief must be earned and justified by real reforms that restore growth, to the benefit of both debtor and creditor. And yet, a corpse cannot carry out reforms. That is why debt relief and reforms must be offered together, not reforms "first" with some vague promises that debt relief will come in some unspecified amount at some unspecified time in the future (as some in Europe have said to Greece).

No-No or No-Yes?

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 07.05.2016 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

The outcome of this Greek drama is not up to the Greeks anymore. It now depends on how European leaders will react. Whether they will view the referendum result as an opportunity for a big deal or a chance to rid themselves of the Greek issue, putting all the blame on the Greeks, remains to be seen.

Appeal to Europe's Leaders: Give Greece a Chance

George Papandreou | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
George Papandreou

The fiscal adjustment we have accomplished was done much less through reform, i.e. reorganizing the management of our country, public sector and economy, and more through cuts and taxes. However this has placed an inordinate burden on the middle class, it has created an army of young unemployed and many households are under the poverty line.

Why Greece's Call for WWII Reparations From Germany Is a Very Bad Idea

Sylvie Goulard | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Sylvie Goulard

No responsible leader worthy of the title should take the risk of threatening the peace which has reigned since the end of the Second World War.

What Is the Real Greek Morality Tale?

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Joseph E. Stiglitz

Does anyone in their right mind think that any country would willingly put itself through what Greece has gone through, just to get a free ride from its creditors? If there is a moral hazard, it is on the part of the lenders -- especially in the private sector -- who have been bailed out repeatedly.

Has the Greek Revolt Buried German Austerity?

Joschka Fischer | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Joschka Fischer

BERLIN -- Not long ago, German politicians and journalists confidently declared that the euro crisis was over; Germany and the European Union, they believed, had weathered the storm. Today, we know that this was just another mistake in an ongoing crisis that has been full of them. The latest error, as with most of the earlier ones, stemmed from wishful thinking -- and, once again, it is Greece that has broken the reverie.

Read The Daily Blog Of Greece's 'Erratic Marxist' Finance Minister

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.30.2015 | World

Yanis Varoufakis, a self-described "erratic Marxist," is the new finance minister of Greece under the just-elected Syriza-led government of Prime Mini...

Greece's Leftist Government Sparks Fears Of A Russian Beachhead In Europe

The Washington Post | Griff Witte and Karoun Demirjian | Posted 01.30.2015 | World

LONDON — Just days after shaking European economic policy to its core with a sweeping win in Greek elections, the radical leftist party Syriza is ch...

Will Spain, Italy and France Follow the Greek Revolt Against Austerity?

Xenia Kounalaki | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Xenia Kounalaki

ATHENS -- The strong mandate he got from the polls, has put a burden on Mr. Tsipras to fulfill the great expectations he produced. If he succeeds, the Spanish Podemos, the French Front National and Italy's Bepe Grillo could all follow suit and question Berlin's fiscal orthodoxy. The much feared domino effect set off by Greece at the outset of euro crisis in 2010 could now materialize in another way.

Why a Referendum on a 'Greek Plan' for Reform Is Now the Best Way Forward

George Papandreou | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
George Papandreou

The internal political situation is highly polarized between political forces playing with fear and insecurity and others capitalizing on anger and despair. This inflates extreme right and left populism. Much irresponsible and opportunistic rhetoric abounds. This polarization is squeezing out moderate left of center forces that historically have been fundamental in promoting democracy and reforms in Greece.