Greece

Ελληνική Δημοκρατία

Greece and the Politics of Arrears

R. Kahn, Council on Foreign Relations

A Greek Surprise

Wall Street Journal

The European Union's Dying Days

Dirk Schumer, Die Welt

Putin's Come-Hither Smile to Greece

Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

How Greece's Problems Always Go Global

David Patrikarakos, Daily Beast

Greece is running out of money. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's meeting this week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken some of the toxicity out of the conversation ...(full article)

Creditors no longer fear that Greece might leave the euro....(full article)

BERLIN - Greece vs. Germany: What a drama! Any Hollywood screenwriter would delight at the brutality of this particular marriage. One launching accusations of fraud and theft, the ...(full article)

It is not hard to understand why the Greek prime minister’s office might have chosen the eve of Alexis Tsipras’s meetings in Berlin to remind Europe of his standing inv...(full article)

Last year I took a trip with my father to Messolonghi, in western Greece, to visit the monument to Lord Byron in the city’s Garden of Heroes. The 19th-century English poet ha...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Giving Germany the Middle Finger - Noah Gordon, The Atlantic

A video of the Greek finance minister flipping off Germany has started a controversy, which says a lot about the country's relationship to its creditors....

Brinksmanship in the Eurozone - New York Times

Nobody expected that the discussions between Greece and the rest of the eurozone about a new loan agreement would go smoothly. But things seem to be going even worse than expected,...

German Couple Cuts Greek Town Check for "Reparations" - AFP

A German couple visiting Greece walked into a town hall and handed over €875 (£630) in what they said were second world war reparations....

Europe Should Give Greece a Chance - Yannis Dragasakis, Financial Times

We risk condemning an entire generation to a future without hope...

Europe's Great Greek Chasm - Nikos Konstandaras, New York Times

When voters elected Syriza on Jan. 25, they were expressing hope for the impossible mission that it promised: loosening austerity and slashing the country’s debt while maintainin...

Greece, Compensation Nation - Independent

Greek demands over wartime atrocities do not remove the obligation to fix its economy...

A Talk with Piketty: The Eurozone Is a Monster - Heyer & Pauly, Spiegel

We may have a common currency for 19 countries, but each of these countries has a different tax system, and fiscal policy was never harmonized in Europe. It can't work. In creating...

Greece Leads, Spain Follows, Europe Trembles - P. Smith, Fiscal Times

It took a mere six days for the election victory of the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece to start ricocheting around Europe like a stray bullet in a concrete bunker. And alrea...

Greece, Russia, and the Politics of Humiliation - Gideon Rachman, FT

Solving international conflicts may involve thinking as much about emotions as interests....

Greece's Fiscal Odyssey - Maria Petrakis, Bloomberg View

Greece has finally emerged from the recession that shrank its economy by a quarter, tripled unemployment and threatened to tear the euro zone apart in 2012. But the struggle over i...

Is the Euro Compatible with Democracy? - Philippe Legrain, FP

“New elections change nothing,” asserted Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, ahead of the Greek vote in January that swept into office a radical-left government p...

The Troubles That Await Europe - Andy Langenkamp, RealClearWorld

The events of recent weeks have done absolutely nothing to improve the personal ties between the Greek government and its European counterparts. Grandstanding, mutual accusations o...

When Greeks Explain Themselves to Germans - Spiegel

With tensions between Greece and Berlin having been significant in recent weeks, SPIEGEL decided to invite six prominent Greeks to a roundtable discussion at Katzourbos tavern in A...

There's No Such Thing as a Happy Grexit - Jean Pisani-Ferry, PS

PARIS – Earlier this week, following days of tense discussions, the new government in Athens reached an agreement with its eurozone creditors that includes a package of immediate...

Germany's Economic Mannschaft Prevails - Fabio Fiallo, RealClearWorld

The German soccer team, the Mannschaft, four times a World Cup winner, has built its reputation not so much on theatrics, but on two less flamboyant qualities: team spirit (Mannsch...

Greece Lifts China's Mediterranean Hopes - Emanuele Scimia, WPR

While the world watches the ongoing debt negotiations between Greece and its international creditors mainly for their impact on the Greek and eurozone economies, the talks have alr...

Will Spain Follow in Greece's Footsteps? - Natalie Nougayrede, Guardian

If first impressions count, then the political force that wants to transform Spain in 2015 consists mainly of student types and self-conscious outsiders. That, at any rate, is the ...

Europe's Hard Left Took a Good Thumping - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg View

The Greek government's apparent capitulation in debt negotiations with its euro partners makes it less likely that Athens will be forced out of the common currency. The real winner...

Angela Merkel's Moment of Truth - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

In the last two weeks, the two crises confronting Europe – in Ukraine and Greece – both escalated. In each case, Germany and its chancellor, Angela Merkel, were at the heart of...

Germany Is Giving Greece One Last Chance - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Contrary to all that's been said about Germany's uncompromising stand on helping Greece, Berlin showed today that it's willing to give the far-left government of Alexis Tsipras a c...

Turkish Foreign Policy at a Crossroads - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet Daily News

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Parti) “zero problems with neighbors” policy was nothing but a derivative of the Turkish Republic’s strategic...

Greece Caved - Clive Crook, Bloomberg View

Some readers have reminded me about my recent post, "Why Europe Will Cave to Greece." Europe didn't cave, they smile -- Greece caved to Europe. Well, it's true, things haven't gone...

Greece Is Playing Right on the Edge - The Guardian

lexis Tsipras campaigned for office on the promise that he could both end Greece’s subservience to the humiliating fiscal and political conditions that the European Union had...

Just a Month in, Syriza Has Already Failed - C J Polychroniou, Al Jazeera

Syriza's pre-election motto "Hope is Coming" had US President Barack Obama's narrative written all over it. The language was not as soaring as that of Obama's 2008 discourse on hop...

A Greek Deal Can't Fix Euro, and that's Tragic - Gideon Rachman, FT

There has rarely been a period when it is more urgent for Europeans to work together....

Syriza Had a Chance to Fix the Eurozone. It Blew It - The Economist

CLIP-CLOPPING around Europe over the past few weeks, Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s dashing finance minister, has urged the euro zone to chart a new course. Endlessly forcing new loa...

Three EU Dreams Turned into Nightmares - Chris Booker, Telegraph

Three stories that were making daily headlines last week all had one very important thing in common. One was the shambles unfolding over Ukraine. The second was the ongoing shamble...

What Would Happen if Greece Leaves the Eurozone? - Der Spiegel

Banks across Europe, including the European Central Bank, are preparing for the possibility of Greece leaving the euro zone. With Athens and Brussels still at odds, such an eventua...

Can Syriza Break the Greek Oligarchy? - W.R. Mead, American Interest

Greece’s current troubles are a symptom of a deeper corruption at the heart of an economy dominated by oligarchs. If Syriza can smash the oligarchic power structure, it may g...

Welcome to the Backlash Era, Europe - Philippe Legrain, Foreign Policy

“Yes We Can” may be a stale slogan in Obama’s America, but in crisis-hit Spain it is the rallying cry of a year-old radical-left party that is taking the country by storm. ...

Germans Should Show Greeks some Respect - C. Crook, Bloomberg View

How much does it matter, if at all, that Greece's demand for a new bailout program with softer terms is being pressed by a new government, elected for that very purpose -- a govern...

A Greek Offer Germany Can't Refuse - Y. Palaiologos, Wall Street Journal

Against this economic and political backdrop, the concessions Athens has offered in recent days are significant. In his press conference at the eurogroup meeting on Monday, Mr. Var...

Greek Drama Reaches Final Act - The National

Greece is running out of money and other European countries are running out of patience. Both are running out of time. What happens in Greece and the eurozone can seem like a long ...

Why Isn't Merkel Compromising on Greece? - M. Gilbert, Bloomberg View

It's one minute to midnight for the euro. The standoff between Greece and its creditors, led by Germany, looks increasingly like it could lead to the first nation exiting the commo...

The Time for Games Is Over in Greece - Yanis Varoufakis, New York Times

Game theorists analyze negotiations as if they were split-a-pie games involving selfish players. Because I spent many years during my previous life as an academic researching game ...

Greece Tiptoes Toward the Red Line - M. Hesse & C. Reiermann, Spiegel

After new Greek Finance Minister Giannis Varoufakis had been repeatedly rebuffed on his introductory tour of European capitals, he opted for flattery and solicitation during his vi...

An Arrogant Europe Shoots the Messenger - Pablo Iglesias, The Guardian

The new despots who are trying to persuade us that Europe’s problem is Greece are putting the European project itself at risk....

Alexis Tsipras Takes Stage as Greece's Hamlet - Fabio Fiallo, RCW

A study of the history of philosophy teaches us that a critical difference between the Judeo-Christian narrative and the thinkers of Ancient Greece relates to the perception of tim...

Greece Is no Argentina - Nicolas Creus & Esteban Actis, RealClearWorld

Tsipras and other Syriza members have highlighted Argentina as a viable model for undertaking the difficult task of negotiating with creditors. Argentina at the end of the 20th Cen...

Germany Emerges, Powerful but Insecure - George Friedman, Stratfor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by French President Francois Hollande, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 6. Then she met with U.S. President Barack Oba...

'Grexodus' Might Be More Accurate Than 'Grexit' - D. Lachman, AEIdeas

In recent years, the term “Grexit” has become firmly embedded in financial market jargon. The term has come to refer to the possibility that Greece might be forced to l...

Euro Crisis Won't End until Greece's Debts Are Cleansed - SCMP

We need more money and soon, says Greece. We have no more to give, counters Germany. In a nutshell, that was pretty much the result of a tense meeting between the finance ministers...

Syriza Hits Many of the Right Notes - Manfred Ertel et al, Spiegel Online

Syriza's victory in the recent Greek elections set off a wave of concern in Europe. But even as the new prime minister tries to woo other leaders, his left-wing government is alrea...

Europe's Moment of Truth Approaches - Paul Krugman, New York Times

On Wednesday, the European Central Bank announced that it would no longer accept Greek government debt as collateral for loans. This move, it turns out, was more symbolic than subs...

Putting Greece in the Penalty Box - Dan Davies, Medium

Yanis Varoufakis might be beginning the process of learning that it’s not a good idea to make policy on the hoof in newspaper interviews, and that an interesting Twitter feed...

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