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    History shows that Greece is able to implement meaningful reform

History shows that Greece is able to implement meaningful reform

Rest assured that the creditors’ preferred tune of ‘Grexit’ will be playing again this July, writes Matthias Morys. Reviewing Greece’s economic history, he argues that past experience shows that Greece is able to implement meaningful reform, but it also indicates that external pressure is crucial in unlocking the reform potential. 

Greece is heading for another showdown with its creditors. With […]

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    Nato’s new migrant mission in the Aegean is a victory for Turkey and proof of Europe’s strategic irrelevance

Nato’s new migrant mission in the Aegean is a victory for Turkey and proof of Europe’s strategic irrelevance

A plan to deploy Nato ships in the Aegean sea to tackle people smugglers operating between Turkey and Greece was agreed in early February. Angelos Chryssogelos writes that the new mission will do little to influence the dynamics of the migration crisis, with effective management of the problem still reliant on Turkish cooperation. He also argues that by signing […]

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Greece: a bumpy road to salvation

Negotiations for the completion of the first review of the third bailout programme for Greece are approaching a critical stage, with the Greek government resisting some pension and tax changes, while creditors insist on credible and rigorous implementation. Lorenzo Codogno writes that differences are bridgeable within a couple of months, and a positive outcome would open the door for […]

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The euro area in 2016: unfinished business

What does 2016 hold in store for efforts aimed at strengthening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union? Benedicta Marzinotto writes that when compared with previous monetary regimes, the euro area remains unstable and in need of reform. She argues, however, that the lack of political appetite for cooperative solutions implies a sovereign default is possible in Greece this year and […]

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    Establishing ‘safe zones’ in Syria remains the most realistic route to tackling Europe’s refugee crisis

Establishing ‘safe zones’ in Syria remains the most realistic route to tackling Europe’s refugee crisis

Many of those that have left Syria since the start of the country’s civil war have passed through Greek islands on their way into Europe. James D. Athanassiou and Effie G. H. Pedaliu write that the situation for refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos constitutes a humanitarian crisis and requires urgent action from the international community. They argue […]

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    European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Germany, Greece, Slovakia and the EU’s institutions

European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Germany, Greece, Slovakia and the EU’s institutions

The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is […]

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