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    From war reparations to ‘profligate Greeks’: why political rhetoric is obscuring the real issues in Greece

From war reparations to ‘profligate Greeks’: why political rhetoric is obscuring the real issues in Greece

The present standoff between Greece and its creditors has centred around a package of reforms that must be approved before further financial assistance can be granted to the country. Aris Trantidis writes that while the focus has been on economics, the real cause of the deadlock stems from the realm of politics: both from the broad ideological commitments both […]

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    Greece requires political reform as much as structural reform of its economy

Greece requires political reform as much as structural reform of its economy

The Greek government and its creditors have still not reached an agreement on the release of further financial assistance to the country, despite fears growing over the state of Greece’s finances. Charalambos Tsekeris writes that while the discussions have focused on a package of reforms that must be approved by the country’s creditors before assistance is released, the nature […]

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    Greece is a far more willing ‘reformer’ than it is given credit for

Greece is a far more willing ‘reformer’ than it is given credit for

Although debt restructuring and austerity have defined the debate on Greece and the Eurozone crisis, the role of structural reforms has been less well-understood. Nauro Campos and Fabrizio Coricelli write that this is partly because analysing structural reforms is only possible through a re-examination of the relationship between the EU and Greece, which requires robust ‘counterfactuals’. Presenting evidence from […]

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    Greek political culture has changed beyond recognition since the crisis began

Greek political culture has changed beyond recognition since the crisis began

Support for individual political parties has changed substantially since the start of the crisis in Greece, with Syriza emerging as the largest party in the 2015 elections, while other parties, such as Pasok, have lost most of their support. But beyond the electoral success of parties, what effect has the crisis had on wider political culture within Greece? Gerasimos […]

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    Greece must put aside divisive rhetoric if a solution to the country’s crisis is to be found

Greece must put aside divisive rhetoric if a solution to the country’s crisis is to be found

The Greek debt crisis continues to dominate the agenda ahead of an EU summit to be held later today. Lambros Fatsis writes on the approach pursued by the Syriza-led government since it came to power in January. He argues that Syriza’s hostile approach during negotiations has been counter-productive and that the party’s rhetoric has simply reinforced a false distinction […]

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    Power has become centralised in Greek politics since the crisis and this is unlikely to change under Syriza

Power has become centralised in Greek politics since the crisis and this is unlikely to change under Syriza

Numerous studies have sought to capture the economic effect of the Greek debt crisis on the country, but how has the crisis affected the balance of power between central and regional/local authorities in Greece? Eleftherios Antonopoulos writes that the reaction to the crisis has significantly weakened local and regional levels of government. He also notes that the fact that […]

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