Vassilis Monastiriotis

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    The ECB’s decision to toughen its stance on Greece signals the end of the Greek government’s honeymoon period

The ECB’s decision to toughen its stance on Greece signals the end of the Greek government’s honeymoon period

The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced that it will no longer accept Greek government bonds as collateral for lending money to commercial banks. Vassilis Monastiriotis writes on how the decision should be interpreted in light of the current discussions surrounding Greek debt. He notes that while the immediate effect on the Greek economy is not particularly serious, the […]

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Launching our new podcast series: voxEUROPP

Today EUROPP launches the first episode in our new voxEUROPP series of podcasts. Presented by Chris Gilson and Stuart A Brown voxEUROPP draws on academic experts from EUROPP to discuss the latest issues across European governance, economics, politics, culture and society, both at the European Union and national levels.

Podcast 1: The Rise of the Far Right

 

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The Greek government’s recent crackdown on illegal immigrants illustrates the risk that racism and xenophobia are becoming mainstream.

Last week, the Greek government rounded up thousands of illegal immigrants in Athens, with many now awaiting deportation. Vassilis Monastiriotis argues that while illegal immigration is an issue that needs to be addressed in Greece, the government’s tactics of zero-tolerance show that it is jumping onto the bandwagon of xenophobia and shifting the blame for the country’s economic problems. Illegal […]

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The growth agenda is slowly gaining ground in Europe, but much greater reforms are still needed if Greece is to overcome its challenges.

Vassilis Monastiriotis argues that while the popularity of François Hollande may signal that the growth agenda is gaining currency in Europe, Greece still faces significant difficulties. In light of the country’s looming elections, he argues that the internal problems and pressures that helped lead Greece into the current crisis mean that significant structural reforms are still needed if the country […]

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