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Posts on January 2015

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Photo by Myrto Papadopoulos [] Why is Europe worrying about SYRIZA?

It is most likely that from the elections of January 25 will emerge a SYRIZA-led government, the main uncertainty being how large a coalition Alexis Tsipras will have to gather to obtain a comfortable parliamentary majority. This is seen with a fair deal of preoccupation in Europe. A preoccupation that does not seem warranted. SYRIZA is no longer the radical party of the beginning, which called for the exit from the euro and for a default on Greek public debt.

Contributor: Francesco Saraceno

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Categories: Europe (279), Politics (373), Economy (316), Greece (477)

The bad hand being dealt to Greece's next government

In mid-November, when Greece’s exit from recession was confirmed, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras declared: “Greece is back.” It was not the first time the Greek premier argued that the country had overcome the worst of its problems. Similar declarations came with Greece’s return to bond markets earlier in the year, when the 2013 primary surplus was confirmed and when the troika review was concluded in April 2013, spawning the “success story” narrative.

Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis

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Categories: Politics (373), Economy (316), Greece (477)

Photo by Myrto Papadopoulos [] Samaras strays out of line in search for new normal

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has a habit of defending his government by saying that his aim is to make Greece “a normal European country.” Whatever he may mean by this and however genuine he may be in wanting Greece to recover from its long crisis, this is an infuriatingly patronising comment. Intentionally or not, it aligns Greece’s prime minister with all the cranks in Europe and Greece’s misinformed critics beyond who view the country as some kind of basket case.

Contributor: Nick Malkoutzis

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Categories: Europe (279), Politics (373), Society (134), Greece (477)

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