Category Archives: Syriza

Oct 25 2017

Populism, the state and modernisation in Greece: A historical perspective

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By Angelos Chryssogelos Since the eruption of the Greek crisis in 2010, few concepts have captured the attention of public and academic debates in Greece more than populism. In lay discourse, populism – understood often as irresponsible macroeconomics and demagogy … Continue reading

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Jun 13 2016

What those calling for Brexit could learn from the Greek bailout referendum

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By Kevin Featherstone In the summer of 2015, Greece held a referendum on a proposed bailout deal, with the electorate decisively rejecting the proposal. Kevin Featherstone writes that much like the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, the … Continue reading

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Apr 6 2016

Greece. The country with the half Drachma

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By Andreas Koutras A few days after the introduction of the bank capital controls and with thousands of pensioners queuing up outside the bank branches, the Prime Minister’s Office received a piece of research on the effect of the capital … Continue reading

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Nov 24 2015

The Left in government again: Principled politicians and pragmatic policies – A lesson on how to square the circle

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By Dimitris Sourvanos (LSE) and Kyriaki Nanou (University of Nottingham) Last week Euclid Tsakalotos gave a talk at the LSE discussing from his own experiences – as (the current) finance minister in Greece and as a lifelong Marxist – the … Continue reading

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Jun 26 2015

When Populism Fails

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By Kevin Featherstone Some years ago at the start of the crisis, I wrote in ‘Kathimerini’ that Greece might have to experience a ‘catastrophe’ before it would truly reform and get onto a better economic path. I hoped that such … Continue reading

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Jun 10 2015

The negotiation that never happened…

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by Vassilis Monastiriotis   There are – there have always been – two approaches to the Greek crisis. One, that realises that there is a domestic problem (high debt, propensity to produce new debts, state and market inefficiencies, weak institutions … Continue reading

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Mar 27 2015

Greek political culture has changed beyond recognition since the crisis began

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Support for individual political parties has changed substantially since the start of the crisis in Greece, with Syriza emerging as the largest party in the 2015 elections, while other parties, such as Pasok, have lost most of their support. But … Continue reading

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Mar 27 2015

Both Greece and its creditors must compromise to prevent the risk of a Grexit

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Greece and its creditors have been engaged in a two-month standoff over the release of further financial assistance to the country. Lorenzo Codogno and Paul De Grauwe write that with no agreement yet reached, the possibility of Greece leaving the … Continue reading

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Feb 26 2015

How can the radical left and far-right work together in Greece?

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By Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou The victory of the radically left Syriza in the Greek election is a historical moment for the country. It is the first time since the modern Greek state was founded in 1832 that a left-wing party will … Continue reading

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Feb 20 2015

Greek elections 2015: the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

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By Sotirios Zartaloudis SYRIZA’s recent electoral victory attracted global attention. This commentary will try to explain SYRIZA’s surprise move to form a coalition government with the far-right party ANEL arguing that both parties share a worldview that explains their co-operation. 

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