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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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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...

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...

Give Greece a Chance - Bloomberg View

If restoring European unity is a goal -- and it should be -- there's a bonus in showing some flexibility. It would acknowledge the mandate of the new Greek government and the prote...

Greece & The New European Order - Tom Gallagher, The Commentator

Ever since he quickly took charge of government last week, the self-confidence of Alexis Tsipras and his far-left Syriza movement has unnerved the European status quo. He quickly ...

Did Austerity Lead to a Suicide Spike in Greece? - Amar Toor, The Verge

New study raises concerns over health impacts of sudden public spending cuts....

Understanding Grows Regarding Greece - Irish Times

The whistlestop tour of European capitals by Greece’s new leaders is finding doors if not wide open, at least ajar. The mood music is still that Greece must honour its debts,...

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...

It's time to Compromise on Greece - Dirk Kurbjuweit, Spiegel

Angela Merkel, it is often said, has a terrific feel for her people. That's why she is revered by German voters and that's why she wins elections. But what is true in Germany does ...

The Revolutionary Style of Greece's Finance Minister - Telegraph

A suit wouldn't have suited this Greek politician....

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. ...

Hope from Europe's Left Field - Bleri Lleshi, EU Observer

The victory of Syriza in Greece is important not only for Greek people, but also the rest of Europe. With the crisis and the rise of far-right all over Europe, a left alternative i...

Stop Grexit to Keep the EU Together - Wolfgang Munchau, Financial Times

Of all foreseeable accidents, the potentially most catastrophic would, of course, be Grexit — a Greek exit from the eurozone. This could happen but it is by no means inevitable....

Europe's New Left-Wing Patriotism - Christopher Caldwell, Weekly Standard

A collision between national sovereignty and the European Union in the birthplace of democracy...

Gathering Storm Clouds Over Athens - Desmond Lachman, The Hill

It is difficult to see how Greece's newly elected government could have gotten off to a worse start. In the short space of four days after being elected, it has managed to antagoni...

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 ...

Greece Has Decided It's Had Enough - Brian Fallow, New Zealand Herald

Greek voters have sent Europe's leaders a message: the austerity policy you have been pursuing in recent years is economically perverse, socially cruel and ultimately subversive of...

A Clear Threat of Grexit - Economist

The stakes are high. Although everybody, including Mr Tsipras, insists they want Greece to stay in the euro, there is now a clear threat of Grexit. In 2011-12 Mrs Merkel wavered, b...

Greece's Dilemma, Illustrated - Mark Whitehouse, Bloomberg View

If the new prime minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, hopes to make a deal with his country's creditors, time is of the essence. Judging from data on capital flows, Greece's change ...

Europe Sits on the Verge of Regime Collapse - John Feffer, TomDispatch

Politically, the center may not hold and things seem to be falling apart. From the left, parties like Syriza in Greece are challenging the EU's prescriptions of austerity. From the...

Does Putin Have a Friend in Tsipras? - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

The new government in Athens is sending some worrying signals, and they're not all about money. Events this past week beg the question: Has Vladimir Putin made a new friend in a NA...

Greece and the Troika Should Reach a Deal - Andy Langenkamp, RCWorld

Alexis Tsipras wasted no time following his election as Greece's prime minister. His Syriza party quickly formed a coalition with the right-wing anti-bailout Independent Greeks, wh...

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