GREECE/EUROPE

Claus Leggewie: Breaking out of the debt dilemma

How Greece can strengthen Europe Claus Leggewie   Functionally differentiated societies", in which the economy, politics and morality constitute discretespheres, and where market prices alone regulate supply and demand, are considered amoral in social and economic theory.[1]However, it is not as if market actors entirely exclude emotions, ethical reasoning and…

Neni Panourgia: Why Germans should read Hegel again

Neni Panourgia In order for anyone to understand the meaning and the importance of the Greek Referendum that produced a negative response to the question "Do we want our country to remain under the colonial conditions imposed by the lenders and do we want to continue on the program of…

Zoltan Pogatsa: Open Letter to anti-Greek Eastern European bloc

Zoltan Pogatsa   Dr.Zoltan Pogatsa believes that the Eurozone states of the former Eastern bloc have been duped by the major powers into firmly opposing Greece. They are being led to believe that Athens is damaging to their economies. It's all a deception, the Hungarian professional of political economy argues,…

Th. Piketty, J. Sachs, H. Flassbeck, D. Rodrik, S. Wren-Lewis: Austerity Has Failed. An Open Letter to A. Merkel

Five leading economists warn the German chancellor: “History will remember you for your actions this week Thomas Piketty Jeffrey Sachs, Heiner Flassbeck, Dani Rodrik, Simon Wren-Lewis The never-ending austerity that Europe is force-feeding the Greek people is simply not working. Now Greece has loudly said no more. As most of the world knew…

Despoina Potari: There is nothing more democratic than referendum

Despoina Potari   So detached have the Greeks been from the spirit and practice of democracy over the past years, that now, when for the first time in Greece’s modern history the opportunity arises to carry out some proper democratic political activity, now that the ‘demos’ is allowed the effective…

Nicos Sarantakos: Greferendum: The second earthquake

Nicos Sarantakos They say that editorialists, when waiting for a poll result that might go either way, are preparing two drafts of their editorial, so as to cater for either possible outcome. No such tactics would help with yesterday's Greek referendum since the polls gave a totally unexpected outcome. A…

Slavoj Žižek on GReferendum: The Greeks are correct

This is a chance for Europe to awaken. The Greeks are correct: Brussels' denial that this is an ideological question is ideology at its purest - and symptomatic of our whole political process    Slavoj Zizek   The unexpectedly strong No in the Greek referendum was a historical vote, cast in a…

Paul Krugman: Europe Wins

Paul Krugman   Tsipras and Syriza have won big in the referendum, strengthening their hand for whatever comes next. But they’re not the only winners: I would argue that Europe, and the European idea, just won big — at least in the sense of dodging a bullet. I know that’s…

Wolfgang Münchau: Why the Yes campaign failed in Greece

Tsipras’s opponents made serial misjudgments, from the petty to the monumental   Wolfgang Münchau     It is not that hard to explain why Alexis Tsipras won the referendum by a landslide. It is a lot harder to see what’s going to happen now. His opponents, both inside Greece and…

Ögmundur Jónasson: Thank you, Greece!

 Ögmundur Jónasson When Pandora opened her box, evil in all its guises poured out into the world. In a horrified frenzy, she snapped the lid shut just in time to trap  Elpis, which we non-Greek speakers are told means “Hope”.    The Greek question is about many things. It is…