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    This month’s elections will underline the fundamental changes to the Greek party system that have occurred since the crisis

This month’s elections will underline the fundamental changes to the Greek party system that have occurred since the crisis

Greece will hold parliamentary elections on 25 January, which were called after the incumbent government, led by Antonis Samaras, failed to elect a new President in December. Nikoleta Kiapidou assesses the lead up to the vote, and the contest between Samaras’ New Democracy and the radical-left Syriza to be the largest party in the Greek parliament. She writes that […]

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    Despite a looming political crisis, Greece is no longer the threat to the Eurozone that it was in 2012

Despite a looming political crisis, Greece is no longer the threat to the Eurozone that it was in 2012

The Greek parliament is due to hold a second round of voting on 23 December to elect the country’s next president, following an unsuccessful vote last week. Remy Davison writes that while the threat of a political crisis is very real, the situation is very different from 2012, where the country’s economic problems threatened to spill over into a […]

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    With Greek MPs set to vote on the country’s new president, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Greece and the Eurozone

With Greek MPs set to vote on the country’s new president, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Greece and the Eurozone

The Greek parliament is holding a series of votes on electing the country’s next President. Although the position of President is largely ceremonial, the issue has created political uncertainty due to the present government lacking the required support to elect their designated candidate. Should they fail to appoint a new President by 29 December, the Greek constitution states that […]

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    The argument that Greece was granted EEC accession prematurely ignores the historical context in which the decision was made

The argument that Greece was granted EEC accession prematurely ignores the historical context in which the decision was made

Greece joined the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1981, however the economic crisis experienced by the country since 2010 has led some commentators and politicians to argue that Greece was granted accession prematurely. Eirini Karamouzi writes that while there were legitimate objections to the country being granted membership at the time, it was a broadly sound decision given the […]

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    The problems in the Greek public sector cannot be solved simply by reducing the size of salaries or the numbers of staff

The problems in the Greek public sector cannot be solved simply by reducing the size of salaries or the numbers of staff

Since the beginning of the financial crisis, Greece has implemented a number of deep spending cuts, including a reduction in the size of salaries and numbers of staff employed within the Greek public sector. Fotis Zygoulis and Elina Zagou write that although these reforms have had the intended effect of cutting spending, they have not been accompanied by effective […]

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    Golden Dawn’s success in the European elections shows the party now has a stable support base among Greek voters

Golden Dawn’s success in the European elections shows the party now has a stable support base among Greek voters

Golden Dawn gained the third highest vote share in the European Parliament elections in Greece, translating into three MEPs. Sofia Vasilopoulou and Daphne Halikiopoulou assess the factors underpinning this success. They write that Golden Dawn’s ability to blend nationalism and populism into a coherent narrative is at the heart of their appeal, with the party now capable of attracting […]

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