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    The Golden Dawn trial is a legitimate criminal case, not political persecution

The Golden Dawn trial is a legitimate criminal case, not political persecution

The trial of several members of the Greek political party Golden Dawn is set to resume on 7 May, with charges ranging from murder to participation in a criminal organisation. Emmanuel Melissaris writes on the legality of the trial and the accusation that it amounts to little more than the political persecution of the party. He argues that despite […]

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What the UK should learn from Syriza and Greek Eurosceptics

Britain’s membership of the European Union has been an important issue in the lead up to the 2015 UK general election. George Kyris writes on the potential lessons the UK could learn from the experience of Greece, particularly in light of the pledge by David Cameron to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s EU membership. He argues that the attempts […]

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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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