Vassilis Paipais

The rise of extremism in Greece is a function of the political and economic crisis, as political leaders continue to fail the country

The recent impact of far-right political parties in Greece is often attributed to broad-based internal cultural and social attitudes rooted in intolerance and populism. With this perception in mind, Vassilis Paipais writes that Greece’s current predicament is better understood as a result of a leadership deficit in addressing the deep economic crisis which the country is facing and the stresses […]

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European solidarity may be the real casualty in the dispute over German war reparations to Greece.

In recent weeks Greece has resurrected claims against Germany for reparations from World War Two, claims which have been comprehensively rejected by Berlin. Vassilis Paipais argues that claims to historical justice should be viewed in the context of the ethical, political and emotional responses they provoke. He writes that while Greeks wish Germany to display the historical magnanimity that it […]

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The Cyprus crisis has shown the growing dysfunctionality of the eurozone.

Reflecting on the recent crisis in Cyprus, Vassilis Paipais and Eirini Karamouzi write that the imbroglio over the county’s banks shows both the difficulties currently faced by the eurozone and the power of Germany in Europe. They argue that the crisis has also brought to the surface real antagonisms over wealth inequalities in the eurozone, and warn that the increasing polarization between […]

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