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Next Up, Podemos in Spain: European Officials Will Have to Change Course

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Greece's Syriza party has put its foot down to demand an end to the troika's agenda, and now Spain's Podemos party has risen even more quickly than Syriza to join them. This is what democracy looks like -- even the rigid, unaccountable structure of the eurozone will not be able to stop it from spreading.

Greece Proposes Using Tourist Spies To Crack Down On Tax Evasion

AP | By DEMETRIS NELLAS | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Of all seven reform proposals submitted by Greece to eurozone finance ministers, Reform No. 3 has been most talked about since...

Looking Back at Tsipras's Lost Opportunities and Forward to Greece's Future

Kyriakos Mitskotakis | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Kyriakos Mitskotakis

Europe, now more than ever, needs a persuasive alternative to counter the German insistence on austerity. Instead, Tsipras decided to partake in some shadowboxing for the viewing pleasure of the Greek public.

The Buck Stops Here: Greece Is Fighting to Save Europe

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Citizens of the eurozone countries didn't know when they formed the monetary union that they were not only losing their sovereign and democratic rights to control their most important macroeconomic policies. They had also ceded this power to people with an anti-social-Europe agenda. Now Greece is trying to get some of that democracy back.

Greek Protesters Clash With Police In First Backlash Against Syriza

Reuters | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

ATHENS, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Dozens of black-clad protesters clashed with riot police in central Athens on Thursday, smashing shop windows, throwing p...

Greek Leader Hit With Acrimony At Home Over Bailout Deal

AP | ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 02.25.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister held a marathon meeting with his party's lawmakers Wednesday, briefing them on pledges made to Europea...

Syriza's First 'Defeat' -- What Does It Mean?

Thanos Dimadis | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Thanos Dimadis

For the moment what matters for the vast majority of Greek people is that for the first time they feel they have a government which, despite its compromises, has proved that it made its best effort to bring Europe back to the table for a fair and equal negotiation about the terms of the Greek bailout program.

I Apologize to the Greek People for Collaborating in This Illusion

Manolis Glezos | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Manolis Glezos

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 02.20.2015 | 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.

Socialism or Barbarism? Syriza, Economics, and Democracy

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Restated for the 21st century, "socialism" simply means that a people's judgments about its own economic life come before the supposedly iron rules of the international economy. It would be fair to call it "economic democracy." The condescending view of the Greeks as somehow not understanding economic reason and the direction of history writes off this kind of economic democracy as infeasible, archaic, and probably senseless. Syriza's government has a chance to reverse the lens. Economic democracy (or, as Syriza calls it, socialism) is politics that puts human needs first and accepts that market-based destabilization, impoverishment, and humiliation are not natural disasters or comeuppance for bad behavior but forms of political violence.

The Fate of Europe and the World May Rest in Greece

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The new Greek government needs support in establishing pro-growth policies which create jobs, expand their economy and enable them to pay down their debts. Demanding that creditors are paid before any of that is allowed to happen may come at a very heavy price for more than just the people of Greece.

Who's Extorting Whom? It's All About Coercion

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The Economist's Feb. 6 cover displayed the Venus de Milo statue pointing a revolver, with the headline "Go ahead, Angela, make my day." In the editors' upside-down world, Greece is threatening Europe, or at least Germany. Really?

Greece Confident Of Agreement Ahead Of Eurozone Negotiations

Reuters | Posted 02.15.2015 | World

By Jeremy Gaunt and Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Greece said on Sunday it was confident of reaching agreement in negoti...

Greek PM Tsipras Lays Out His Case As The Clock Ticks On An EU Bailout

Reuters | Posted 02.12.2015 | World

By Alastair Macdonald and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Greece's radical new prime minister Alexis Tsipras was in Brussels...

Angry Greeks Threaten to Halt European Juggernaut

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A breakdown of the European bailout program might make a Greek exit from the euro ("Grexit") the only feasible option. And the popular revolt against outsiders dictating economic policy creates a huge new roadblock to attempts to expand Brussels' power over EU members.

The Meek vs The Massive: A Tale of Greek Tourism

Maria Paravantes | Posted 02.09.2015 | Travel
Maria Paravantes

The word "diakopes" (holidays) in Greek means "to stop" -- to leave the quick paced, oblivious-to-everything lifestyle behind and take in the aromas, the air, the sounds, the feeling... to really experience.

Syriza in Athens and Putin in Moscow: An Unholy Alliance?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Islam is by no means the only faith in which evil intentions are covered by pious phrases. The fantasy of a new Christian Orthodox empire should alarm the world no less than the tremors of the financial markets or the status of the euro.

Greece and the U.S. Senate: Economics for the 99 Percent

Mike Sandler | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Mike Sandler

The re-shuffle of the last U.S. election that put austerity-minded Republicans in power has ironically resulted in a new anti-austerity economist being hired by Senator Bernie Sanders in the Senate Budget Committee.

Greece: ECB Kicks Syriza in the Face; Syriza Turns the Other Cheek

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 02.05.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

On Wednesday the European Central Bank announced it would no longer accept Greek government bonds and government-guaranteed debt as collateral. But Syriza's leadership are playing it smart. They responded to the ECB's assault without animosity or denunciations. They want the world to know who is the aggressor here and who is being reasonable.

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

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.05.2015 | 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.

Putin Congratulates New Greek Prime Minister Tsipras, Invites Him To Moscow

AP | Posted 02.05.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Greece's new prime minister to Moscow in May, as Athens and Berlin publicly trade...

Greek Finance Minister's Debt Diplomacy Hits A Wall In Germany

AP | By GEIR MOULSON and NICHOLAS PAPHITIS | Posted 02.05.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A whistle-stop tour of European capitals netted Greece's finance minister few, if any, concessions over the country's debt — but the...

Alexis Tsipras: A Fresh, New Air in Europe?

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

In claiming a huge victory for his radical left-wing Syriza party on January 25th, Alexis Tsipras was able to provoke a stunning response from the Greek electorate to his country's economic collapse that continued unabated through five long years of austerity.

Syriza Victory: A Glimmer of Hope for Greece?

Gregoris Kalai | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Gregoris Kalai

These past two weeks mark a new start for Greece. The country is now, for the first time since joining the Eurozone, beginning to negotiate a new debt agreement as it rolls back austerity measures.

Greece and the Unlearned Lesson of 1990

John Feffer | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
John Feffer

Greece has been suffering from high levels of unemployment, and the standard of living has dropped precipitously, as a direct result of the cuts in government programs mandated by the EU and the IMF. The EU should have predicted this result: This was the great unlearned lesson from the experience of East-Central Europe over the last 25 years.