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Greek Crisis

An Empty Free Library, North Of Athens

Gregoris Kalai | Posted 12.25.2016 | World
Gregoris Kalai

On a sunny morning, an empty free library stands alone in the center of Kifisia, a suburb north of Athens. The neighborhood, inhabited mostly by wealt...

Filotimo The Friend Of Honor

Lindy McMullin | Posted 11.18.2016 | Impact
Lindy McMullin

I looked out of the window recently and saw a woman bending down to tie her young child's shoelace. Her hair was not visible, as she wore a blue scarf...

Returning to Sanity?

David C. Wittig | Posted 10.21.2016 | World
David C. Wittig

Who would have thought that returning to Greece meant returning to sanity? But then again, who could have imagined two people more despised by the vo...

Shame On You, Greeks!

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The international torture of Greece continues. The lenders -- European and American banks, the European Commission, and America's International Monetary Fund -- demand Greece privatizes everything. This translates into selling Greece to foreigners.

The Necessary Choice

Annie Angelides | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Annie Angelides

After six years of a continuous political and economic downward spiral, Greece runs the risk of being reduced to a single narrative, the Greek Crisis, the Crisis Country; both terms are very demeaning, destructive and potentially irreversible.

Greece Has a Deal ... of Sorts

David C. Wittig | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
David C. Wittig

Greece finally passed its long awaited package of reforms, which follows the usual pattern. The Parliament was all too happy to raise taxes and social security contributions, but pension reform and the sale of NPLs is much less clear.

Two Philhellene Ambassadors, Many Children's Smiles!

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

The passion of two philhellene ambassadors for the needy children of Greece and their efforts to help this urgent cause recently landed in Canada in t...

The Debate on Greek Public Debt

Gikas Hardouvelis | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
Gikas Hardouvelis

While debt relief would be very welcome by the Greeks, it does not have priority when compared to the need for structural reforms and for a well functioning business environment.

The Greek Youth's Nightmare in the Years of the Crisis

Kelly Fanarioti | Posted 02.01.2017 | World
Kelly Fanarioti

During the last six years many media of the west world have constructed the myth of the "Lazy Greek guy" who likes working as little as he can and spending the biggest part of his day relaxing at a café.

An Optimist Sees Opportunity

David C. Wittig | Posted 01.24.2017 | World
David C. Wittig

Each New Year seems to bring about a renewed optimism (unfortunately that optimism has already disappeared on Wall Street). Even I am beginning 2016 with the Greece glass half full. The weather is beautiful.

2015 and the Struggle for Europe's Core

Cas Mudde | Posted 12.29.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

Devastating terrorist attacks, months of insecurity about the Eurozone, huge electoral victories for populist parties, an unprecedented refugees crisis... there is no doubt that 2015 was Europe's annus horribilis.

On the Ground With Volunteers in Lesbos

Sofia Kouvelaki | Posted 12.14.2016 | World
Sofia Kouvelaki

The numbers and the situation on the field indicate that we are dealing with the biggest demographic change since WWII. The term "migrant" or "refugee" crisis can't explain the complexity of this phenomenon.

Nina and the Dancing Bees

Marilyn Harding | Posted 11.30.2016 | Women
Marilyn Harding

Witnessing this robust yet intricate system brings light to the plight of the bees and ourselves unless we adjust our human-centric perspective to one of stewardship. The world does not revolve around the human being.

The Huffington Post Has Been Speaking Greek For A Year

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 11.20.2016 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

If we had these 365 days flash before our eyes, those that would remain in our memories would not be the days that burned up in political fever, but those that gave a platform to everyday heroes.

The Tipping Point?

David C. Wittig | Posted 11.06.2016 | World
David C. Wittig

If Greece continues to refuse to deal with the NPL problem, it is only a matter of time before the Europeans simply cut the Greeks off completely.

The Tipping Point?

David C. Wittig | Posted 11.06.2016 | World
David C. Wittig

Question ... "When is the tipping point?" Do you recognize it before it happens or only after? Has Greece already tipped over? The current governme...

Greece's Democratic Crisis and Fundamental Need for Change

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 09.25.2016 | World
Marco Vicenzino

The catalyst for national transformation emanates from abroad as opposed to coming from home. Considering the status quo in Greece, extending the vote to Greeks overseas is a necessary and essential step forward on a long and arduous road to recovery.

There's A Solution For Greece: But It Won't Happen Tomorrow

Nikos Agouros | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Nikos Agouros

We often forget that the Greek problem is Europe's problem. The ongoing debt crisis proves this, and the chaos that the migration and refugee flows have unleashed emphasizes it.

5 Amusing Reasons You Should Care About the Greek Crisis (and 4 Serious Ones, Too)

Quora | Posted 09.03.2016 | Politics
Quora

Apart from the enormous humanitarian impact, the Greek crisis is important far beyond Greece because the future of European democracy and the euro is being written there. The crisis is forcing us to consider important questions that have been cheerfully ignored until now.

How Global Crowdfunding Might Ease the Greek Crisis

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 09.01.2016 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

Crowdfunding could be one way forward for a more stable Greece, whether or not the current bailout deal works. We could just sit and wait and hope for Greece's policymakers, other world leaders and the troika to figure things out - or we could take control.

Prince Michael of Greece: 'Greeks Don't Like People in Power'

Alain Elkann | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
Alain Elkann

Greece is the heart of Europe. I find the existence of the euro modern and practical. Since we have had the euro the cost of life went up, but we need to be in Europe.

Germany, Greece, and the Future of Europe

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Year after year, Greece's creditors have promised that the bailout packages would bring about a meaningful rebound in output, employment, and exports. Instead, the country has experienced a depression comparable to the decline in output and employment that Germany suffered from 1930 to 1932.

Greeks, a Nation Hating Itself

Thanos Dimadis | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Thanos Dimadis

I'm traveling back to my country dominated by a feeling of sadness. There is no more depressing thing for someone than to see his nation be stagnated in misery and depression caused by the high unemployment rates and lack of any light of hope for a better future.

The Privatization Plan for Greece Should Be a Stigma on Europe's Conscience

Yanis Varoufakis | Posted 07.21.2016 | World
Yanis Varoufakis

ATHENS -- The plan is politically toxic because the fund, though domiciled in Greece, will effectively be managed by the troika. It did not have to be this way. At a turning point in European history, our innovative alternative was thrown into the dustbin.

Europe's Worst Crisis in Decades Is Also Populism's Greatest Opportunity

Julian Baggini | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Julian Baggini

BRISTOL -- Populism appeals to the "will of people" but is actually profoundly undemocratic. Democracy is about the negotiation of competing interests and the balancing of different values. Populism, in contrast, is a kind of mob rule. Where there is complexity, it offers simple solutions. Instead of seeking common ground, it looks to exaggerate the differences between them and us.