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A Blueprint for a Greek Comeback

Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate

It Is Time to Admit the Euro Has Failed

Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

Greece: Compromise Not Possible

Bensasson & Chrepa, Bloomberg

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Greece and Hungary Endorse Russian Pipeline - A. Rettman, EU Observer

Greece and Hungary have endorsed plans to build a new Russian gas pipeline in the latest blow to EU unity over the Ukraine crisis....

Greece and Russia: Myth and Reality - E. Karagiannis, Moscow Times

The trip of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow has provoked strong reactions from certain circles in Europe and the United States. Due to its Orthodox heritage, Greece i...

Grexit: The Moment of Truth Draws Near - Andy Langenkamp, RCWorld

The eurozone and Greece can no longer simply trade accusations over who is to blame for the crisis. Athens' creditors must admit that eventual debt restructuring is inevitable. The...

Greece Is Desperately Short of Cash - The Economist

ALEXIS TSIPRAS, the Greek prime minister, and his radical Syriza party are beginning to feel the heat. Two months of bluster by Greece’s first left-wing government have faile...

The Squeeze Tightens on Greece - Economist

The euphoria that swept the country after Syriza’s election victory in January has subsided. Greece’s creditors are tightening the squeeze on the brash, inexperienced g...

Greece and the Politics of Arrears - R. Kahn, Council on Foreign Relations

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 ...

A Greek Surprise - Wall Street Journal

Creditors no longer fear that Greece might leave the euro....

The European Union's Dying Days - Dirk Schumer, Die Welt

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 ...

Putin's Come-Hither Smile to Greece - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

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...

How Greece's Problems Always Go Global - David Patrikarakos, Daily Beast

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...

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...

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