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Photo by MacroPolis How Samaras backed himself and Greece into a corner over bailout exit

The line coming out of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s office at the end of May was that New Democracy did not lose the European Parliament elections despite receiving almost 4 percentage points less than SYRIZA. Together with PASOK, Samaras’s party had a bigger share of the vote than the opposition. The argument emanating from the government camp was that if the leftists couldn’t score a decisive victory at the tail end of the Greek depression, they would never achieve one.

Contributors: Nick Malkoutzis, Yiannis Mouzakis

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Categories: Politics (364), Economy (312), Greece (466)

Photo by Myrto Papadopoulos [] Greek debt: A case of learned helplessness?

The concept of learned helplessness was accidentally discovered by psychologists Seligman and Maier back in 1967. They initially observed helpless behaviour in dogs that were conditioned to expect an electrical shock after hearing a tone and they made no attempts to escape, even though they could avoid the shock by simply jumping over a low barrier. They developed a cognitive expectation that nothing they did would prevent or eliminate the shocks.

Contributor: Yiannis Mouzakis

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Categories: Europe (276), Economy (312), Greece (466)

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