Kyriakos Moumoutzis

Experts react: Greek referendum

The final result of the Greek referendum saw 61.3 per cent of voters reject the proposal, with 38.7 per cent voting in favour. We asked some of EUROPP’s contributors for their reactions to the result and what it could mean for Greece’s future in the Eurozone.

Kyriakos Moumoutzis: “To ‘live life on their own terms’ is to live life outside […]

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    The Greek referendum will likely be the beginning of the end for Alexis Tsipras

The Greek referendum will likely be the beginning of the end for Alexis Tsipras

What would defeat in Sunday’s referendum mean for Alexis Tsipras and his Greek government? Kyriakos Moumoutzis writes that while Tsipras has argued for a ‘No’ vote on the basis that it would strengthen the country’s hand in future negotiations with its creditors, the uncertainty experienced in Greece since the referendum announcement is likely to increase the prospects for a […]

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    Syriza’s victory in Greece could undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy

Syriza’s victory in Greece could undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy

Most EU foreign policy decisions require the agreement of all EU member states. Following the victory of Syriza in the Greek elections on 25 January, Kyriakos Moumoutzis assesses the impact the election result will have on both Greek foreign policy and the capacity of the EU to negotiate joint foreign policy positions. He notes that with the Syriza government […]

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    Federica Mogherini’s appointment as High Representative for Foreign Affairs will make little difference to the EU’s foreign policy capacity

Federica Mogherini’s appointment as High Representative for Foreign Affairs will make little difference to the EU’s foreign policy capacity

On 30 August the European Council appointed Federica Mogherini, the Italian Foreign Minister, as the EU’s next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. However, a number of commentators and politicians have criticised the appointment from the perspective that Mogherini is both too inexperienced and too conciliatory toward Russia to perform the role effectively. Kyriakos Moumoutzis writes that […]

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There is virtually no Greek policy towards Turkey outside the framework of the EU

Do Turkey and Greece need the EU to improve their relations? Looking at Athens’ support for the ‘Europeanisation’ of Turkey, Kyriakos Moumoutzis argues that the Turkey/Greece relationship is no longer a bilateral one. He writes that the 1999 Helsinki decision to recognise Turkey as a candidate country, and the rules that the EU has imposed since, have provided the main […]

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