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Greek Elections

The Political Party of Abstention

Christos Terzides | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Christos Terzides

Examining the results of Greece's September 20 parliamentary elections, we observe the worrying phenomenon that the biggest winner was abstention. In record number, almost one in two registered voters decided not to cast a ballot for any of the parties.

The New "Syriza" Unmasked!

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

For the country, the triumph of Alexis Tsipras is the optimum scenario. The people have given him a clear mandate to remain within Europe and to honor the new memorandum even though they will be subject to even bigger austerity and taxes.

Tsipras 2.0

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

Alexis Tsipras is now alone, without the power of magic, he must prove that, apart from a risk-taking gambler and charismatic claimant of elections, he can also be an effective manager of a government that has 10 months to perform a miracle.

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

Nikos Agouros | Posted 09.21.2015 | 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.

Meet TINA, Greece's New Prime Minister

Sotiris Mitralexis | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Sotiris Mitralexis

After his humiliating capitulation in July, PM Alexis Tsipras didn't resort to merely admitting a defeat, but turned his profound U-turn into an ideology.

Tsipras' Syriza Party Wins Greek Election

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.21.2015 | World

Greece's Syriza party is set to win a convincing victory in the national election, as the last of the votes are still being tallied. The projected re...

Greece's Election in the Time of Consent

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 09.17.2015 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

Whatever the electoral result, one may hope that the next government will at least be able to converse with the opposition, whoever ends up being in the former or latter position.

I Do Not Wish to See Greece Return to the Clutches of Conservative Forces

Gianni Pittella | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Gianni Pittella

Let's pay close attention to what happens in Europe in the wake of two events of major importance: the Greek crisis, with the attendant risk of failure of the Euro area, and the refugee tragedy, which has reached massive proportions against a backdrop of growing populist, demagogic, xenophobic, and racist tendencies.

Helping Greece Forward

Nicos E. Devletoglou | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Nicos E. Devletoglou

The way things now stand, Europe's impending "support" for Greece beginning in October merely means tolerating the same genre of defiant yet deeper cuts in public expenditure than before.

Golden Dawn Is Running In Greece's Elections Again. Here's Why That's Scary.

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.10.2015 | World

ATHENS -- Golden Dawn, Greece's extremist far-right party, appeared on the political scene almost 30 years ago, but has thrived during the past ...

To Watch the Debate or Go for a Walk?

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 09.09.2015 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

Now we witness the return of the medium in Greece, after six whole years. Will it influence something this time? It would be difficult, but it is not impossible. While voters remain reluctant and morose, and political leaders fail, it may play a role.

Greece's Syriza Party Projects Election Confidence Despite Split

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.25.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Greece's radical left Syriza party can win re-election with an outright majority, a senior member said on Tuesday, and gov...

Why We Have New Greek Elections, Why Tsipras Will Win, and Why It All Doesn't Matter Too Much.

Cas Mudde | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Cas Mudde

Just like the GReferendum, the new elections are not about democracy or the voice of the Greek people, they are about increasing the power of Tsipras within his own party, the increasingly misnamed Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), and within Greece.

I Apologize to the Greek People for Collaborating in This Illusion

Μανώλης Γλέζος | Posted 04.26.2015 | World
Μανώλης Γλέζος

BRUSSELS -- Some people say that in an agreement you also have to make some concessions. But as a matter of principle, between the oppressor and the oppressed there can be no compromise, as there can be no compromise between the slave and the tyrant. Freedom is the only solution.

Defiance, Greek Style

Anastasia Rubis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Anastasia Rubis

Reading and watching news of Syriza party's attempts to renegotiate a bailout agreement with the EU and ease austerity in what they term a humanitarian crisis for the Greek people, I've traded doubt and discomfort for a new feeling: respect.

IOU 240 Euros, It's My Problem; IOU 240 Billion Euros, It's Your Problem!

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

The first thing to know is that nobody should sell or buy a lot of US stocks or bonds because of the unfolding late-inning melodrama between the new g...

13 Questions: About Greece, Europe, Austerity -- And Us

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Every day brings more headlines in the European debt drama: "Greece elects anti-austerity government." "Greek Finance Minister says he won't negotiate with the 'Troika.'" "Anti-austerity movements gain ground across Europe." What's behind these stories? What does the future hold? Are there any implications for the U.S.? Here's an overview of the situation as it currently stands.

The Greek Elections and European Absurdity

Kostas Vergopoulos | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Kostas Vergopoulos

If there is one thing that has poisoned the European economy after the 2008 crisis, it is the German idea that a purge comes before a recovery.

France Offers Support For Greece Amid Bailout Tensions

AP | SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) — France's Socialist government offered support Sunday for Greece's efforts to renegotiate debt for its huge bailout plan, amid renewed f...

Greece Strikes a Blow to Austerity. What Happens Now?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Lynn Parramore

In the following interview, Mario Seccareccia, a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, talks about why what happened to Greece was entirely predictable, why the Greeks were right to reject austerity in the recent election, and what challenges the country faces in forging a sustainable path forward with the left-wing Syriza party at the helm.

Greek Elections: An Impressive Albeit Pyrrhic Victory for SYRIZA If It Can't Garner Broader EU Support

Harris Ikonomopoulos | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Harris Ikonomopoulos

Greece's and Europe's long-term best interests require the kind of reform that Greek governments have failed to pursue. And neither Mr. Tsipras nor any other individual leader or single country can be expected to contribute to such a policy shift without quick, clear and strong EU and social alliances.

The History Of Syriza: How A Small Party Came To Power

HuffPost Greece | Katerina Prifti | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

To understand the historic magnitude of the victory of Syriza, the far-left party that won Greece's election on Sunday, take a look at their slogan: ...

What You Need To Know About Alexis Tsipras

HuffPost Greece | Katerina Prifti | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Greek Coalition of the Radical Left -- best known by its acronym, Syriza -- is the focus of attention in Europe afte...

Did the Greeks Just Re-Invent Democracy?

Sam Husseini | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Sam Husseini

The Greeks, by joining together from the left and right, have befittingly cut the Gregorian Knot that ties up voters and turns them into prisoners of the political parties that are supposed to serve them.

Tsipras Promises A New Greece

Sophia Papaioannou | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Sophia Papaioannou

We are a proud and hard-working people who saw our lives change abruptly, with the introduction of strict austerity measures. The new Prime Minister is promising to change all that.