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Are European Officials Pushing for Regime Change in Greece?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

While the Greek government cannot do anything to replace its negotiating partners with people more to their liking, the European officials on the other side seem to believe they can do exactly that. And it is becoming increasingly clear that this is their current strategy.

Ryan Grim

Greek Finance Minister: Syriza Party Would Sweep If Elections Were Held Today

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is confident his leftist Syriza party would sweep if an election were held today. "We would walk these elec...

Why Reform Will Fail in Greece

Theodoros Arapis | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Theodoros Arapis

Five years into Greece's fiscal emergency, the Troika is justifiably skeptical about this week's make-or-break negotiations with Athens. Its leaders have heard these commitments before. For Syriza, this will be its most important test.

A "Great Fear" in Kosovo

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In this carnage, both the Damascus dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad, which is supported by the Iranian regime, and the ultra-Wahhabi "Islamic State" that opposes the civil resistance to Bashar, are guilty.

Are the European Authorities Destroying the Greek Economy in Order to 'Save' It?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

There is a tense standoff right now between the Greek government and the European authorities -- sometimes known as the Troika because it includes the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Why Podemos Is Good for Spain, and Europe

Ryan Rappa | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Ryan Rappa

In short, the EU is facing a moment of truth. Its response to Podemos could validate or vitiate it for years to come.

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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 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.

Socialism or Barbarism? Syriza, Economics, and Democracy

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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.