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    The Greek referendum will likely be the beginning of the end for Alexis Tsipras

The Greek referendum will likely be the beginning of the end for Alexis Tsipras

What would defeat in Sunday’s referendum mean for Alexis Tsipras and his Greek government? Kyriakos Moumoutzis writes that while Tsipras has argued for a ‘No’ vote on the basis that it would strengthen the country’s hand in future negotiations with its creditors, the uncertainty experienced in Greece since the referendum announcement is likely to increase the prospects for a […]

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    The Greek crisis illustrates both the poverty of Syriza’s ideology and the flaws in the EU’s balance-sheet approach to decision-making

The Greek crisis illustrates both the poverty of Syriza’s ideology and the flaws in the EU’s balance-sheet approach to decision-making

Who carries the blame for the Greek debt crisis: the country’s government or its creditors? Lambros Fatsis writes that while there is a tendency to blame one side or the other for the crisis, both sides must take joint-responsibility for the failure to negotiate a solution. He argues that the Syriza-led government’s stubbornly uncooperative stance has undermined the country’s […]

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Would Brexit spell the end of European defence?

Alongside France, the UK is generally viewed as one of the most important actors in EU defence policy. Karen E. Smith assesses what impact the UK leaving the EU might have in the area of defence. She writes that a Brexit would not spell the end for common European defence as a whole, particularly given the UK’s gradual withdrawal […]

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Why Greece never got a fair chance

Following Greece’s failure to make a scheduled debt repayment to the IMF on 30 June the country now stands on the brink of exiting the euro. Sony Kapoor writes that while the Greek government could be accused of naivety in the manner it has conducted negotiations, the root cause of the crisis has been the unwillingness of Greece’s creditors […]

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    The Greek referendum offers an opportunity to challenge the EU’s preoccupation with the ‘politics of emergency’

The Greek referendum offers an opportunity to challenge the EU’s preoccupation with the ‘politics of emergency’

Following months of discussions, Greece missed the deadline for a 1.5 billion euro payment to the IMF on 30 June. Jonathan White assesses what the Greek debt crisis says about the wider process of European integration. He writes that EU decision-making has come to be shaped by a form of ‘emergency politics’ since the financial crisis, with the principles […]

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    Poor visibility and design flaws are hampering the potential of the European Citizens’ Initiative

Poor visibility and design flaws are hampering the potential of the European Citizens’ Initiative

The European Citizens’ Initiative was introduced under the Treaty of Lisbon with the aim of improving and expanding participation in European Union policy-making. Assessing the first three years of the initiative, Sergiu Gherghina and Adriana Groh argue that its potential is being hampered by poor citizen knowledge and multiple design flaws. 

Introduced in April 2012 as the world’s first element of transnational […]

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