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Stratfor Deputy Editor Lynn Wise and Europe Analyst Adriano Bosoni discuss how the focus of Europe's immigration crisis could shift from Greece to Italy....(full article)

China has bought Greece’s Piraeus port, but how realistic is Beijing’s Mediterranean dream?...(full article)

It was off the radar screen for some time but it looks to return with a vengeance this summer: the Greek Question about debt relief. Pressure is on eurozone nations to finally writ...(full article)

The government of Alexis Tsipras was humiliated, the result of the referendum tossed away like a used tissue and the Greek people told to tighten their belts another notch. Who cou...(full article)

Most of the pressure, according to Stavropoulou, is coming from “countries that are very invested in the deal with Turkey working.” Germany, which received over a milli...(full article)

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An End to the Feud Over Greek Debt? - Yanis Varoufakis, Der Spiegel

The feud between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European side of Greece's troika of creditors is old news. However, Wikileaks' publication of a dialogue between key ...

Macedonia Wants EU Love, Too - Maia de la Baume & Barbara Surk, Politico

Macedonia wants a reward for stepping up to be the EU’s virtual new southeastern border: a firm date for the launch of talks on EU membership....

Refugee Crisis Pushes Europe to the Brink - Der Spiegel

This is where Fortress Europe begins, secured with razor wire and defended with tear gas. Desperate scenes played out here on Monday, reminiscent of those witnessed in Hungary back...

Welcome to Greece (but Not to Europe) - Michael Herzfeld, Foreign Policy

Europe’s efforts to exclude Athens aren’t about migration or debt. They’re about the continent’s deep-seated racism toward its southern frontier state....

Europe's Coalition of the Inhumane - Apostolis Fotiadis, The Guardian

A coalition of the inhumane is rising in Europe. A group of political leaders have been meeting this week in Vienna to coordinate how to seal the western Balkan refugee passage. Th...

Spring Could Bring a Surge of Refugees to Europe - Witte & Faiola, WaPo

After an unparalleled tide of asylum seekers washed onto European shores last summer and fall, the continent’s leaders vowed to use the relative calm of winter to bring order...

Greek Bruce Willis Fights for Democracy -- and Marxism? - Kim, Reuters

Varoufakis’s vision is to begin with concrete demands, such as pushing EU institutions to become more transparent, then develop detailed policy proposals, eventually convenin...

Spain's Center-Left: Act Two of a Greek Tragedy? - Pavlos Tsimas, Huff Po

As Pedro Sanchez navigates through rough seas while attempting to form a government, he should take, from time to time, a quick look at the travelog of his Greek socialist comrades...

Greek Debt Is Back on the Agenda - Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico EU

A quorum of Europe’s leading financial technocrats gathered last week for the painful ritual of assessing the status of Greece’s bailout. The meeting followed a famili...

What Happens Once the Balkans Are Closed? - Der Spiegel

With EU officials considering border closures along the Balkan refugee route, Greece is worried that it will become overwhelmed by migrants. The EU has chastised Greece for not sec...

Europe: Stop Blaming Greece Already - Joshua Keating, Slate

Thanks to the country’s location, the vast majority of refugees entering Europe in the current crisis—50,668 out of 54,500 so far this year—come through Greece. T...

Another Greek Threat to the Euro - Bloomberg View

Greece is a small country, but for much of 2015 its problems were big enough to threaten the survival of the euro system. A year after Alexis Tsipras took charge as prime minister,...

Bidding Goodbye to Schengen - Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

The brutal truth is that most of the people crossing from Turkey into Greece, including the Syrians and Afghans who come from war-torn countries, are “asylum-shoppers.”...

What Europe Should Finally Learn From Greece - N. Konstandaras, NYT

Demagogues oversimplify things by making false promises and excessive accusations. They — and, through them, their supporters — are always in the right, no matter how m...

The Varoufakis Effect? - Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate

Similarly, in the case of Greece, the collapse in business confidence happened under my watch. But the cause was that our creditors, the so-called Troika (the European Commission, ...

The Greece of the Caribbean - Andres Velasco, Project Syndicate

There was a time when it might have been said that Puerto Rico, in the midst of a wrenching debt crisis, was returning to its Latin roots. After all, Latin American governments wer...

Greek Debt Is Key to the Refugee Crisis - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

It is time to think creatively about how these two problems could be linked into a diplomatic package that helps to fix them both. The broad outlines of the deal would be simple. G...

Syriza Sold Its Soul for Power - Costas Lapavitsas, Guardian

Alexis Tsipras has embraced wholesale the austerity he once decried....

Angela Merkel: The Isolated Chancellor - Feldenkirchen & Pfister, Spiegel

Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a decade amassing political capital. Now, with the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, she has decided to spend it. With her legacy in the ba...

The Fault Lines at Europe's Core - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

Swedish border checks on the Oresund Bridge are a powerful symbol of how much has changed in a year. The measures are the first of their kind seen among Nordic countries in 60 year...

Greece Makes a New Pitch to Europe - Ryan Heath, Politico EU

Athens tries to sell creditors on an overhauled pension system in exchange for a return to capital markets....

Greece's Two Currencies - Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate

Greece today (and Cyprus before it) offers a case study of how capital controls bifurcate a currency and distort business incentives. The process is straightforward. Once euro depo...

Another Harsh Year Awaits Greece - Stratfor

In the days ahead, the Greek government will begin another round of complex negotiations with its creditors and political parties on a new phase of economic reform. At the center o...

A Glimmer of New Year Hope for Greece - Simon Nixon, Wall Street Journal

A reformed and reinvigorated New Democracy capable of providing robust opposition could put pressure on Syriza to live up to its own ambitious but largely unfulfilled reform promis...

The 20 Percent World - John Micklethwait, Bloomberg View

Corruption and inefficiency -- whether in the form of America’s money politics or the EU’s lack of accountability -- partly explain why the ills of the Western world ha...

At Greece's Borders, a Test for Europe - Nikos Konstandaras, NY Times

ATHENS — The deceptively beautiful waters between Greek islands in the eastern Aegean and the Turkish mainland are the border between Greeks and Turks, a dividing line that h...

Why Spain Is Not Greece ... Yet! - Cas Mudde, Huffington Post

Spain has gone to the polls and, as expected, the two established parties have gotten a routing from the voters. The center-right Popular Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy...

Europe the Unready - Paul Krugman, New York Times

Ideally, Europe would respond to these setbacks by strengthening its union, creating more of the institutions it needs to manage interdependence. But the political will for that ki...

Europe's Last Straw? - Harold James, Project Syndicate

The European Union is facing a truly terrifying array of crises. After prolonged euro and sovereign-debt crises polarized and radicalized the continent, creating a deep north-south...

22 Shipwrecks Found in One Spot in Greece - Rossella Lorenzi, D-News

Underwater archaeologists have discovered 22 shipwrecks around a small Greek archipelago, revealing what may be the ancient shipwreck capital of the world....

Is Portugal Europe's Next Greece? - Desmond Lachman, The Hill

Anyone who thinks that Europe's sovereign debt crisis has been resolved should take a closer look at Portugal. The country's increased signs of political dysfunctionality, coupled ...

Greece's Bailout Deal Is Starting to Show Cracks - David Francis, FP

The European Union’s agreement to provide Greece with the 86 billion euros, or $95 billion, bailout that Athens needs to stay solvent is beginning to show signs of strain, wi...

Greece's Long Road From 'No' to 'Yes' - Nikos Konstandaras, NY Times

So once again, we have a government that has halfheartedly committed itself to austerity and reform in exchange for lifesaving loans. Syriza won snap elections on Sept. 20, as vote...

A Crisis in Democracy's Cradle - Vasilopoulou & Halikiopoulou, World Affairs

Greece’s economic instability has become the Western world’s longest-running monetary crisis. Will Germany allow the EU to keep propping up Greece’s unstable fina...

Greek Mission Impossible - Zeke Turner, Politico EU

None of which will help the European Commission, as sole purveyor of reform advice to Athens, overcome one major problem on the ground which de Bruijn, who is now a magistrate in T...

Varoufakis: EU Can No Longer Be Politics-Free Zone - Spiegel

Varoufakis: Yes, but it doesn't have to be an inevitability. The United States has always responded to crises by establishing stabilizing institutions, like the Federal Reserve Ban...

Greeks Lose Their Illusions - Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate

Tsipras understands that his government is skating on the thin ice of a fiscal program that cannot succeed and a reform agenda that his ministers loathe. While voters wisely prefer...

Greece's Emerging Barter Economy - Liz Alderman, New York Times

ATHENS — Thodoris Roussos stood in his butcher’s shop and pointed to a large white delivery truck at the curb. For months, he had put off replacing the tires, because G...

New Greek Cabinet Sworn in With Few New Faces - M. Kambas, Reuters

Greece's new cabinet was sworn in on Wednesday, bringing in few new faces as re-elected Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras sought continuity in pushing through economic reforms under th...

5 Lessons From Greece's Election - Angelos Chryssogelos, Newsweek

Alexis Tsipras's left-wing Syriza won a new mandate in Greece's snap elections on Sunday after the prime minister's support for a harsh new bailout package imposed by the country's...

Greece Gives Europe a Chance - Mohamed El-Erian, Bloomberg View

Determined early action by Europe to ease Greece's excessive debt burden would give a boost to a new Syriza government that must still implement a series of difficult economic and ...

Syriza Defies Polls, But Will It Last? - Economist

Despite a U-turn on accepting austerity, Alexis Tsipras remains in charge....

Battered Greece - Roger Cohen, New York Times

MOLYVOS, Greece — Here’s a rough guide to the modern world: More efficiency, less humanity. Technology is principally at the service of productivity. Acts of irrational grace a...

A New Europe, Ready or Not - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

In the Europe of yore it was possible to craft an external policy focused on internal movement, shutting the gates to the world and leaving its constituent states to deal alone wit...

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