Greece

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Leaving Greece as a Prize for Putin

David Francis, Foreign Policy

What if Greece Just Disappeared?

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Europe's Unbearable Logic of Union

Christopher Whalen, National Interest

Angela's Angst

Nikolaus Blome, Politico EU

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is a hero to the Russian people for standing up to the West. He might be gaining a whole new Hellenic fan base, and that’s bad news fo...(full article)

Greece could save its economy by flattening taxes, privatising services and cutting red tape. But these are things Alexis Tsipras will never do....(full article)

In David Mitchell's novel "Number9Dream," a patient who says he created the world proves his point to a psychiatrist by making Belgium disappear from maps (where it is suddenly cal...(full article)

It may be that the Greek debt crisis will provide the political impetus for the core nations of the EU to finally agree on completing the process of economic and political union....(full article)

She is clearly fed up with the airs and graces of Tsipras. But she is a prisoner of German history. Her angst is stronger than her anger. It’s a shame....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

My Big Fat Greek Divorce - The Economist

IT IS never pleasant to watch a relationship founder. Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has charged its creditors with trying to humiliate the country; he has accused ...

Draghi, Not Merkel, Will Decide Greek Fate - M. Karnitschnig, Politico

With almost no time left for the member state to back a Greek deal, the ECB must decide on extending financial lifeline....

Would Grexit Leave Eurozone Shaken or Shattered? - Peter Eavis, NYT

It is the current doomsday scenario for Europe. Greece’s bailout talks break down for good, and the country defaults. The European authorities sever life support to Greece&r...

There Is no Clean Break With Greece - Martin Wolf, Financial Times

A Greece that could manage exit well would have also avoided today’s plight....

How to Defend a Post-Greece Euro - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg View

With bailout talks between Greece and its creditors collapsing, it seems sensible to start reflecting on what defenses the euro might need against the fallout of a nation leaving t...

Greece's Tsipras Remains Defiant - Kanter & Kitsantonis, NY Times

Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, on Tuesday blasted his country’s creditors for austerity measures that he said were humiliating and strangling his people ...

Turkey and Greece Spill the Status Quo - Nathan Gardels, Huffington Post

The value of democracy, when it works, is its capacity to change course. In both Greece, and now Turkey, recent elections have upended the status quo. With Greece having lost an as...

Have Greece and Germany Burned the Last Bridge? - Economist

Some European officials wonder why middle-class Greeks have not yet started banging pots and pans outside parliament, as middle-class voters in Argentina have done to protest their...

Who Exactly Does Greece Owe? - Evan Bartlett, Independent

The country’s anti-austerity Syriza government is hoping to secure a further €7.2bn (£5.2bn) on Thursday to prevent it from defaulting on what it owes to the International Mon...

EU Officials: State of Emergency Over Greece? - Banter et al, NY Times

BRUSSELS — A chorus of voices on Monday called on European Union authorities to plan for Greece to default on its huge pile of debt after bailout talks between Athens and its...

Greece: The Implacable Meets the Incorrigible - Bloomberg View

It's hard to believe that the talks between Greece and the European Union could get any more acrimonious without punches being thrown. This week it almost came to that. The prospec...

Creditors Go to War on Greece - Euractiv

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has criticises Greece's creditors for making "no concessions" and turning the negotiations "into a war"....

Let Greeks Have Poverty - Francesco Giavazzi, Financial Times

It is pretty clear that the Greeks have no appetite for modernising their society. They worry too little about an economy ruined by patronage....

What Game Is Greece Playing? - Mark Buchanan, Bloomberg View

The repeated willingness of Greece and its creditors to bring the entire euro area to the brink of disaster presents a difficult and fascinating question for economic theorists: Wh...

The Greek Trap - Roger Cohen, New York Times

More of the same might gain a few months. It will resolve nothing, sapping Europe’s energy, and Greece’s potential, for years to come....

Enough Games, Greeks Just Want a Deal - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Greece's ruling party, Syriza, is trying to stand on principle rather than accept a deal with the country's creditors that would stave off bankruptcy. That's a mistake: Greek vote...

Put Greece Out of Its Misery - Ian Birrell, Telegraph

The time for the Greeks to address their devastating decline has arrived...

Gaming Out Greece's Debt Crisis - Guardian

For Athens, the question of default poses a real dilemma. For its creditors, a Greek exit is plainly the worst course. It would mean defending for the rest of time a currency union...

Greece Delays Payment as Talks Falter - Turner & Karnitschnig, Politico

Greece sought breathing space Thursday in its looming debt repayment schedule by asking the IMF to bundle all this month’s payments together at the end of the month, which wo...

Is the Greece-Euro Relationship Beyond Repair? - Bloomberg View

With both sides said to be drawing up final proposals, and a definitive debt crunch thought to be imminent, the months of brinkmanship over Greece may at last be drawing to a close...

Europe and Anti-Europe - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

BERLIN – Since 2008, when the global financial crisis erupted, the European Union has been confronted by a succession of crises: the escalating Greek crisis; Russian revanchi...

No More Band-Aids for Greece - Mohammed El-Erian, Bloomberg View

There are several reasons the “quick and dirty” approach has been the norm for Greece’s interactions with its European partner governments, European institutions ...

Austerity Is the Only Dealbreaker - Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate

A common fallacy pervades coverage by the world’s media of the negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors. The fallacy, exemplified in a recent commenta...

Greece Says Deal Near, Again - Zeke Turner, Politico EU

Greece is one week away from completing a deal to secure the final €7.2 billion of its bailout program — that’s the word from Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufak...

Greece Tries to Resist a Euro Referendum - M. El-Erian, Bloomberg View

In 2011, overwhelming opposition from Greece's European partners forced Prime Minister George Papandreou to withdraw a proposal for a referendum seeking a “clear mandate&rdqu...

Europe Could Turn Greece into Detroit - Anatole Kaletsky, Project Syndicate

LONDON – Once again, Greece seems to have slipped the financial noose. By drawing on its holdings in an International Monetary Fund reserve account, it was able to repay &eur...

What if Apple Bailed Out Greece? - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

That Apple should buy Greece with all the useless cash it has on hand is just a joke that won't go away. Yet it's true that, if big American corporations and European politicians h...

A Blueprint for a Greek Comeback - Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate

ATHENS – Months of negotiations between our government and the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the European Central Bank have produced little progress. O...

Greece's 'Blazing Saddles' Strategy Isn't Working - M. Gilbert, Bloomberg

There's a scene in the 1974 Mel Brooks movie "Blazing Saddles" where the besieged sheriff points a gun at his own head and threatens to shoot himself if the townspeople threatening...

Europe Braces for 6 Days of Political Chaos - Pierre Briancon, Politico

On Thursday, the UK general election might end up in a hung Parliament, maybe a constitutional crisis, and could mark the beginning of two years of uncertainty over the country&rsq...

It Is Time to Admit the Euro Has Failed - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

The relationship between the government of Greece and the rest of the eurozone increasingly resembles a bad marriage. The two sides are sick of the sight of each other. Mutual trus...

Greece: Compromise Not Possible - Bensasson & Chrepa, Bloomberg

Greece blamed international creditors for the failure to end the impasse over its fiscal crisis, clouding the outlook for talks that some officials had said were making progress....

Greece Is Stuck With the Euro - Bloomberg View

Sometimes a country becomes so overridden by debt that it actually makes sense for it to default, abandon its currency and start over. Greece is not one of those countries....

Varoufakis Just Wasted Greece's Precious Time - Kaj Leers, RCWorld

While the rule normally is that "what happens behind closed doors in Brussels, stays in Brussels," this time some of the ministers present took to Twitter to confirm their anger wi...

Why Is a Hated Man Speaking for Greece? - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg View

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's finance minister, was variously called a time-waster, a gambler and an amateur at Friday's meeting of the euro zone finance chiefs....

Greece's Pres: No Grexit on My Watch - Christides, Bocking & Nelles, Spiegel

Time is running out for Greece and its international creditors. If an agreement isn't found by June, the country will face insolvency. The new Greek president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos...

Greece Overshadows a Continent Full of Crises - Richard Gowan, WPR

The average European leader probably lacks the number of brain cells required to process the sheer amount of bad news he or she currently receives on a daily basis....

A Greek Exit from the Euro May Soon Be Inevitable - The Economist

EVENTUALLY every long-running drama, from “Downton Abbey” to “Dr Who”, feels formulaic. So it is with Greece’s debt saga. For five years it has follow...

Greece's Big Nowhere - Theodore Pelagidis, Brookings

What is the current situation of the Greek economy? GDP is about to contract again after an increase of 0.6 percent in 2014 fuelled by tourism and an increase of private consumptio...

Greece Never Belonged, so Let It Leave - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg View

It's worth recalling how Greece got behind the velvet rope of the euro club in the first place -- by cheating. The country couldn't clear the 3 percent deficit-to-gross-domestic-pr...

11 Acts toward a Greek Tragedy - Mohamed El-Erian, Bloomberg View

With negotiations faltering, the rhetoric intensifying and a daunting payment schedule ahead, there is mounting concern that the latest disagreements over Greece may be more than j...

Everybody Hates the Euro - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg View

Currencies are the equivalent of company share prices, only for countries or regions. In the same way as investors favor the stocks of well-run companies with healthy profit outloo...

It's Time for Greece to Consider Leaving the Euro - P. Smith, Fiscal Times

Slower than a roller coaster but faster than a glacier, Europe advances toward a denouement on the Greek questions—and there are several at this point. Fearful of the answers...

No Russian Gifts for Greece - Economist

IT HAS been five years since a Greek prime minister last visited Moscow in search of a handout. On that occasion, Dmitry Medvedev, then Russia’s president, bluntly told Georg...

Athens Toes the EU-Russia Line - George Tzogopoulos, ECFR

Along with its economic policies, the new Greek government’s foreign policies are also attracting attention. The alleged rapprochement between Greece and Russia has caused al...

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