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Greece Nears Election As Far-Left Leader Gives Up Coalition Bid

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.27.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 27 (Reuters) -- Greece's top Supreme Court judge was sworn in as caretaker prime minister on Thursday to lead the country to elections ne...

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.

Anti-Bailout Greek Leftist Party Gets Mandate To Form Government

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 24 (Reuters) - A radical leftist opposed to Greece's new bailout deal won a presidential mandate on Monday to try to form a new governmen...

Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

David Miles | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
David Miles

The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.

Syriza Rebels Split From Tsipras As Greece Heads To New Election

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.21.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 21 (Reuters) -- Rebels angered by Greece's international bailout walked out of the leftist Syriza party on Friday, formalizing a...

Greek PM Tsipras Resigns, Calls Early Elections

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.21.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 20 (Reuters) -- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections aft...

Greece's Tsipras Looks Undecided On Early Elections Amid Party Rebellion

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has yet to make up his mind on calling early elections, a government minister said on ...

Greek PM Tsipras Likely To Call Confidence Vote After Party Rebellion

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.17.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The Greek government appears likely to call a confidence vote following a rebellion among lawmakers from the ruling Syriza...

Greek Lawmakers Approve Bailout Despite Syriza Rebellion

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.14.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek lawmakers approved their country's draft third bailout on Friday after a nearly 24-hour marathon parliamentary procedure...

Greece's Ruling Syriza Party Edges Towards A Split

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's Syriza party looked set to split after the leader of its far-left faction called on ...

Greece And Creditors Clinch Bailout Deal After Marathon Talks

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.11.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Greece and its international lenders reached an 85 billion euro bailout agreement on Tuesday after nailing down the terms ...

Tsipras and Hamlet

Elias Kulukundis | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
Elias Kulukundis

Tsipras now talks of a party-wide referendum on the Eurozone's demands which may be a prelude to elections in September. We will see what the results will be, but it appears that whatever the pulse of the public may be at any given time, the long-range judgment of history should be hard on the Prime Minister.

Greek Stocks Plummet After Five-Week Shutdown

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.03.2015 | World

ATHENS, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Greece's stock market closed with heavy losses on Monday after a five-week shutdown brought on by fears the countr...

Greece's Current High-Wire Act

Evangelos Venizelos | Posted 08.02.2015 | World
Evangelos Venizelos

SYRIZA, which holds the government and first party of this House, must finally say, as soon as is it possible, what its clear and definitive position is as to the identity and future of the country.

Wars of Attrition

Kostas Kostis | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Kostas Kostis

The circumstances we have experienced in these past several years in Greece are not unprecedented. We can find such situations in many other countries as well, and as examples I could quickly mention the former socialist countries, Europe's periphery countries, and countries in Latin America and Northeast Asia.

Greece's Prime Minister Tries To Quell Party Rebellion

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.30.2015 | World

Greece's ruling Syriza movement backed a call on Thursday from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to hold an emergency party congress as he seeks to asser...

Greece's Tspiras Says Won't Go Beyond Agreed Reforms

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.29.2015 | World

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, struggling to contain a revolt in his left-wing Syriza party, said on Wednesday that his government would not im...

Greece, Iran, And The Rules Of The Game

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's no surprise that the powerful both set the rules and break the rules with impunity. The world system isn't presided over by Miss Manners. For small countries like Greece, there's not much room for maneuver between the regulations of the EU and the general parameters established by globalization. There isn't much room for democracy either, as Greek citizens discovered when they voted in Syriza and attempted to vote out austerity in the more recent referendum. Iran, a larger country that plays a strategic role in the Middle East, has considerably more room for maneuver than does Greece. But it too cannot unilaterally remake the rules of the game. It can only negotiate the best deal it can. In the end, it must open itself up to the kind of inspection regime that more powerful countries would never tolerate.

Senator: Germany Has 'Damaged' Europe To Help Big Banks At Greece's Expense

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says the German government has refused to take responsibility for its biggest banks, whose reckless lending ...

Greek Bailout Vote To Test Syriza Party Rebellion

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.23.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek lawmakers launched a late-night debate Wednesday on further reforms demanded by international creditors in retu...

Greek Crisis: Why Tsipras Remains in Power

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

After three weeks on the brink of collapse, Greek banks have finally reopened marking the return of some form of normality. However, strict capital controls remain in place for the foreseeable future, as does the general state of political and economic uncertainty.

Greek Debt Crisis Spotlights Syriza's Growing Pains

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.21.2015 | World

ATHENS -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' reshuffling of his cabinet on Friday after several ministers rejected a bill outlining new auster...

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

Julian Baggini | Posted 07.20.2015 | 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.

Greece -- Capitalism's Latest War on Democracy

Alexandros Orphanides | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Alexandros Orphanides

Faced with continued despair, the people in Greece will continue to do as people have done all over the world when faced with such inhumane treatment: they will live, they will organize, they will protest, they will survive and carry the burden of humanity.