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Greek Debt Crisis

As Another Economic Crisis Approaches, Greece and Euro Should Consider a Divorce

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.21.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

ATHENS, GREECE--Constitution Square has been uncommonly quiet. When looking at the parliament building from my hotel window last month all I could see...

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...

To fix Greece, get your figures straight

Michael G. Jacobides | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics
Michael G. Jacobides

Greece has been making headlines again - and for all the wrong reasons. Egged on by government propaganda, the judicial system has allowed a rather gr...

Getting Real About Greece: It's The Figures, Stupid!

Michael G. Jacobides | Posted 09.23.2016 | World
Michael G. Jacobides

This month the Greek supreme court has allowed public prosecutors to bring the former president of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), Andreas Georgiou, to court to face charges of damaging the national interest for a second time - he was acquitted at the first attempt.

Leavers' Remorse: Why Brexit May Never Happen

Terry Connelly | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Terry Connelly

The Brexit referendum need not become a suicide pact. As a legal matter, the Brexit vote is not binding on Parliament, which will need to authorize and set the terms for the negotiation of Britain's exit from the EU under Article 50 process.

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.

The Abhorrent and Detestable International Treatment of Greece

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Modern Greece is not a model of virtue. No country is. But to understand the current Greek tragedy brought about largely by the European Union and Ame...

This Debt Relief Plan Could Be A Game-Changer For Ailing Greece

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.18.2016 | World

The International Monetary Fund is asking Europe to approve an ambitious debt relief plan for Greece, its most substantial move yet to ease the terms ...

There Is No Settlement -- Part ?

David C. Wittig | Posted 05.04.2016 | World
David C. Wittig

There was no settlement between the EU and Greece before Greek Easter as promised. I wonder how many more times that headline will appear.

What Democracy Really Means, According To One Of Its Most Outspoken Champions

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 04.30.2016 | World

WASHINGTON -- When Greece’s European creditors cut off emergency assistance to the beleaguered country’s banks last summer, bringing its financial...

U.S. Foreign Policy Got In The Way Of Helping Greece, Greek Ex-Official Says

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States did not pressure Germany more heavily to give Greece debt relief because it needed Germany’s cooperation in higher-p...

Why This Top European Progressive Is Excited About Bernie Sanders

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While it looks increasingly likely that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will not be the Democratic presidential nominee, his impact is alrea...

Along With a Group of Desperate Greeks on a Saturday Night

Kelly Fanarioti | Posted 04.28.2017 | World
Kelly Fanarioti

I noticed that I was surrounded by people who were at their most productive age, and who had no dreams for their future at all, not because they had chosen that, but because some people decided so for them, without them.

Greece Demands IMF Explain 'Disaster' Remarks In Explosive Leak

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 04.02.2016 | World

The leaked remarks of International Monetary Fund officials suggesting the lender may threaten to pull out of Greece's bailout are eliciting anger in ...

The Debate on Greek Public Debt

Gikas Hardouvelis | Posted 03.01.2017 | 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.

Freedom in the Neoliberal Eden

The Alternative Banking Group of OWS | Posted 02.22.2017 | Black Voices
The Alternative Banking Group of OWS

The notion that all lives really do matter--and are never, if brutalized and commodified, actually free--has some growing currency. So there is still perhaps time to grasp what it might really be like to be free, and allow that idea to change us.

Greece's Economy Crushed Between Austerity And The Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 03.22.2017 | World

The refugee crisis is testing the limits of Greece’s flagging economy, jeopardizing its ability to handle a flow of refugees that shows no signs of ...

How The IMF Could Blow Up Greece’s Debt Agreement

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 01.27.2016 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Greek government, and the businesses accustomed to tussling with it, have finally agreed on a way to meet the budget targets insiste...

After One Year in Government, Syriza and Greece Are More Isolated Than Ever

Prof. Cas Mudde | Posted 01.25.2017 | World
Prof. Cas Mudde

While Syriza created neither the economic crisis nor the refugee crisis, its incompetence and opportunism have worsened their impacts on Greece and have undermined the country's position within Europe.

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.

You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind ...

David C. Wittig | Posted 12.29.2016 | World
David C. Wittig

To understand what is going on in Greece, imagine Bernie Sanders fighting to pass a significant reduction in social security payments in the U.S. in order to continue to prop up a host of insolvent banks.

Sex for a Souvlaki?

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Make no mistake, souvlakis and cheese pies can not buy this young generation of Greek women, no matter how hard the financial crisis has hit their proud country!

Greece and the European Project: Canary in the Coal Mine?

Daniel Speckhard | Posted 10.30.2016 | World
Daniel Speckhard

After serving for two challenging years in the chaos of a war zone as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq, I received word that I would become the next Ambassador to Greece. To be quite honest, I had mixed feelings.

In Greece, a Little Goes a Long Way

Marilyn Harding | Posted 09.28.2016 | Small Business
Marilyn Harding

"A little goes a long way" is usually the mantra of the travel companies encouraging clients to take advantage of Greece, this economically-beleaguere...

Greece: Caught Between an Economic Rock and a Political Hard Place

Michael G. Jacobides | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Michael G. Jacobides

Yesterday's elections gave Alexis Tsipras an unexpectedly large lead, confounding both the pollsters and most observers' expectations. This was an election won on feelings, not facts. Sven among SYRIZA's own voters, negative views of its handling of the economy failed to dent its lead.