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Pressure for reforms? Merkel to visit Greece with wrong agenda in her luggage

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel will urge Greece to press on with tough economic reforms and maintain strict fiscal discipline when she visits Athens on Thursday for the first time in nearly five years,” reuters reports a day before she arrives in Athens. Moreover, Merkel will encourage Greek politicians to support …

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“If you love Greece, help us get rid of Alexis Tsipras and his zombie party” says ex SYRIZA MP

“If you love Greece, help us get rid of Alexis Tsipras and his zombie party,” write former SYRIZA MP and Parliament Speaker in first left-wing government, Zoi Konstantopoulou. In an op-ed posted in UK’s The Guardian, the ex comrade accuses Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras and her former party that they …

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Greek PM Tsipras urges creditors to stop punishing Greece

In an op-ed to Wall Street Journal, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urges creditors to “end punitive approaches of the past”. He stresses that the differences between the International Monetary Fund and the Europeans are harming the Greek economy. The recent economic crisis persuaded the international community that long-term economic …

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Rome Declaration: Which ‘Europe’ exactly do we celebrate?

A Rome Declaration aiming to restart Europe? The good old European Union that turned 60 today? The Europe of multiple speeds where each member state looks after its own interests? Signing the Rome Declaration, the leaders of 27 EU member-states – minus Britain – proclaimed “Europe in our common future.” …

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Dismantling Greece and fed it to profit-hungry corporations

The Eurozone’s masks have fallen. Hardly anyone has anymore the illusion that the 3. bailout aims to facilitate Greece to pay back its debts and that it therefore needs  more austerity or “reforms” as they are euphemistically been called. On one hand the 3. bailout brings additional cuts in health …

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Tsipras accuses creditors of “fiscal waterboarding”

Alexis Tsipras, leader of left-wing Syriza a said Greece cannot repay its debt as long as its creditors enforce “fiscal waterboarding” and signaled he will boost government spending if his Syriza alliance wins power. In an op-ed article in Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper today, Mr Tsipras said the notion that Greece’s …

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NYT op-ed: Only the Left Can Save Greece

Samaras’ coalition government did not fall apart, the prime minister of Greece survived another crisis, however   the risk of early elections has not being averted. The economic austerity circumstances make the survival of any coalition government and Samaras in PM-chair for another three years almost impossible. Just to add some …

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NYT Op-Ed: Greece Arrests the Messenger

Hey! Caught red-handed and exposed even on the other side of the big river!  Renomated New York Times sharply criticized “Greece’s slow and cumbersome justice system” and “mainstream Greek politicians”: the first for showing a “stunning swiftness” to arrest investigative Kostas Vaxevanis, and the latter for “shamefully stripping the poorest and most vulnerable from …

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€11.5-Billion Spending Cuts? Greek Government Talks About A Strategy Plan…

There is something odd about the talks between Greece’s government partners Antonis Samaras (ND), Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) and Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left). The three leaders, their parties’ committees and negotiation teams from several ministries have been apparently talking about the 11-billion-euro package of Troika-measures under the guidelines of Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras …

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Greece: Winds of Change?

The wave of Indignants appears to be spreading increasingly and the virus of  “Speak Up”-disease infects more and more people and social classes. The voices of those seeking changes in the deadlocked political system are getting louder. No, no, there not demands about ‘anarchistic revolts, “overturning the order” and other scary political concepts, …

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