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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.

Dear Troika: It Is Crucial That You Tailor Your Decision

Andy Manatos | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Andy Manatos

The most consequential decision of your careers could be the pending economic assistance agreement with the Government of Greece. This letter contains important information about the Greek people that is critical to your decision but has been buried by inaccurate media reporting.

Austerity Policy or Tool ?

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Michael Radou Moussou

Any politician opting this evening for the continuation of the Greek Austerity program should be aware of these facts and try finding a more viable and less amateurish solution for the future not only of Greece but of the entire Eurozone.

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.

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.

Austerity for the Other Guy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The people of Greece rebelled last week against the perverse notion that they should continue to endure biting austerity in a vain attempt to cure a condition that they are not solely responsible for creating. Sounds familiar, right?

Barbara Geladaki MD: A New Generation of Greek Politicians

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Alexandra Symeonidou

Ineluctably, the failure to elect a president led to dissolve the government of New Democracy and proclaim new legislative elections.

Why Early Elections Aren't a Risk for Greece

Thanos Dimadis | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Thanos Dimadis

Some analysts predict that the current political instability in Greece is going to drag the country back into a new tragedy of uncertainty, economic meltdown and a Grexit potentially.

The Long Road to a Published Novel

Adam Pelzman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
Adam Pelzman

For most of my adult life, writing was my private passion. It was one that I pursued in solitude and shared with only a small group of "gentle readers." So when news of Troika's publication came out, many people in my life were stunned to learn that I'd written a novel.

Europe: The Sky's Not Falling

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The neo-Nazis and immigrant bashers will make a lot of noise, but they offer nothing but hate as an economic solution. The left has a better one, and they are back.

Economic and Social Policy and the Problems of the Eurozone and European Integration

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

While the problems of differing belief systems, cultures, and building common political institutions are real and fascinating, what really makes all these problems immensely more difficult right now is that the European elite is trying to impose very regressive and unpopular changes on their citizens.

Where Is the Rule of the Troika Leading Greece?

Constantine Tzanos | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Constantine Tzanos

Since 2010, Greece is under the rule of the Troika (IMF, European Commission [EC] , European Central Bank [ECB]), which rules under the terms of the ...

Europe's Way to Destruction (?)

Thanos Dimadis | Posted 02.03.2014 | World
Thanos Dimadis

Having recently had a most interesting interview with the European Commission's president, José Manuel Barroso, I realized how much Europe struggle...

A Negative Press

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

This separation of Europe into a "good north" and a "bad south" by the traditional European press has been instrumental in undermining feelings of solidarity on the continent and have torn at the very heart of the "European ideal."

Skip Davos, Go to Tel Aviv

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The IMF threw Greece under the bus. In particular, it ludicrously downplayed the damage its recommended austerity measures would do to the Greek economy, which is in the grips of a prolonged and deep recession.

Why Are Greek Children Going Hungry?

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Some of the Greeks I talk to on the phone tell me Greece now is reliving some of the harsh realities of WWII German occupation when hundreds of thousa...

Greece's Daily Torment

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Trapped by the relentless demands of its northern European partners, Greece has become a disturbing model of idleness and stagnation.

Hey, They Are Stretching the Truth Way Too Far

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 06.07.2013 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

I was struck by what came out of the Troika this week after it finished negotiating the program with the authorities in Cyprus. This is not the first time officials bungle an element of the Cypriot rescue.

Crafting the Cyprus Deal: A Road Filled With Blunders

David Catalan | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business
David Catalan

The role of the Troika in bailing out governments and banks is nothing new, but the solutions put forward by EU leaders to improve the Cypriot crisis seem to be founded on little foresight, and without regard for the tragic mistakes of the past few years.

Mark Gongloff

After Cyprus Bailout Deal, Europe's Problems Worse Than Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business

Cyprus may have been saved from disaster, but don't be fooled: Europe is still a hot mess. In the middle of the night on the continent, officials m...

French Kiss

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Yes, it is true, Francois Hollande went to Greece. Unfortunately, he had nothing of substance to offer the Greek people.

Looking for a Ray of Joy in Spain

Sharan Burrow | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Sharan Burrow

From Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to the king's son-in-law, Spain faces of a crisis of leadership, consumed by economic corruption and scandals born of greed.

The Greek Lesson

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Recreating feudalism is not an option, especially in Europe and America. The Greeks would fight to the death defending their country. In addition, neither civilized societies nor the Earth can afford the policies the troika is pushing in Greece.

Ricardo Caballero: "Greece Is in Rehab"

Vaios Papanagnou | Posted 01.28.2013 | World
Vaios Papanagnou

"This was clear from the beginning, and it remains clear. It is up to Greece and its Europeans partners to decide how to structure and spread over time this default."

The Hemlock Debt of Greece

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.28.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

How is Greece going to repay its debt when troika policies are shutting down the Greek economy? Forcing the Greek government to increase taxation and impose additional austerity cuts constitute nothing short of poisoning the social contract in the country.