Nikitas Konstantinidis

Why Greeks voted the way they did in the bailout referendum

The Greek bailout referendum resulted in a clear victory for the ‘No’ side, but what explained the choices made by voters? Ignacio Jurado, Nikitas Konstantinidis and Stefanie Walter present results from a detailed survey conducted in Greece the day before the referendum was held. Among the findings, they note that voting intention was heavily influenced by partisan narratives concerning […]

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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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    Only a major political compromise from all sides can keep Greece in the euro

Only a major political compromise from all sides can keep Greece in the euro

Talks are continuing in an attempt to reach a deal between Greece and its creditors over the release of further financial assistance to the country. Nikitas Konstantinidis writes that even if a deal can be reached by the Greek government at the European level, there would remain uncertainty as to whether the coalition government’s majority could survive the parliamentary […]

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    With negotiations reaching an impasse, a more radical approach is needed to solve the Greek debt crisis

With negotiations reaching an impasse, a more radical approach is needed to solve the Greek debt crisis

In February, Greece agreed to a four month extension of its current bailout programme, subject to the approval of reform measures proposed by the Greek government. As yet, however, the country’s creditors have still not reached an agreement over the reforms which have been put forward. Nikitas Konstantinidis writes that with tough negotiations ahead, the piecemeal approach which has […]

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Electoral cycle timing and popular support for a treaty are crucial in determining whether parties advocate referendums on European integration

David Cameron is committed to holding a referendum on the UK’s EU membership should he win a majority at the next general election. In an effort to understand why parties call for referendums on European integration, Andreas Dür and Nikitas Konstantinidis look at data from the ratification of the EU’s Constitutional Treaty in 2004. They find that the amount of […]

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Greece’s increasingly polarised and fragmented party system is at odds with the country’s international position.

Last month, the Democratic Left party left Greece’s coalition government, leaving PASOK and New Democracy with a razor-thin majority and the expectation of fresh elections for the country. Nikitas Konstantinidis argues that Greece’s political system has become much more fragmented in the wake of the crisis, with voters also now paying more attention to populist promises than parties’ ability to […]

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Greece’s elections have shown that the EU is actually a subversive force against the legitimacy of national democratic structures.

Nikitas Konstantinidis examines Greece in the wake of the recent election, noting a deepening democratic deficit shown by a surprisingly low voter turnout. He argues that the root causes of the Greek predicament are deeply systemic and should be addressed as such. The Greek political system has come under intense scrutiny in the past few years. The two successive electoral contests […]

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The strain of international commitments has led to the erosion of democratic politics in Greece.

More than a week after Greece’s elections, a political stalemate still stands, with no party able to form a stable government. Nikitas Konstantinidis argues that the demands placed on Greece from international organisations such as the IMF and the EU have strained its political system to a near breaking point. The solutions to Greece’s crisis now rest with Paris, Berlin […]

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