GREECE/EUROPE

Thomas Piketty on the Euro Zone: 'We Have Created a Monster'

  Interview with Thomas Piketty Spiegelonline, 10.3.2015   The euro-zone is struggling and star French economist Thomas Piketty says EU institutions are partly to blame. In an interview with Spiegel, celebrated French economist Thomas Piketty speaks about Alexis Tsipras' election victory in Greece, Europe's inability to fix its financial woes…

H. Fleischer: Germany turns a deaf ear to claims

Interview with Hagen Fleischer Τagesschau.de, 10.2.2015   The historian Hagen Fleischer suggests, Athens justly demands a reimbursement of forced loans from Berlin. Germany, however, is not taking the Greeks seriously. This is cause for bad blood given the historical background, according to Fleischer in an interview with tagesschau.de. Germany and…

20/2/

 Τhe agreement and its next day  Dimosthenis Papadatos-Anagnostopoulos   The agreement reached at the February 20th Eurogroup meeting is an event of European, if not global, significance, regardless of whether one thinks of it as a victory or a defeat for the Greeks or for the Germans, as a success…

M. Melissaris: The Greek negotiation strategy...

 ...as democratic disruption Manolis Melissaris     So a Eurogroup deal has been struck and the hatchets are buried under a thin coat of dust for now. What are we to make of this?   SYRIZA’s top realistic priorities seem to have been, or at least should always have been,…

Syriza’s victory stirs the Left’s political imagination across Central, Eastern and South East Europe

Cl. Ciobanu (Romania/Poland), A. Liasheva (Ukraine), B. Rossa (Bulgaria), M.  Medenica (Serbia), I. Budraitskis (Russia), J. Majicek (Czech Republic) A. Vangeli (Macedonia), M. Milosevic (Croatia), A. Cistelecan (Romania) interviewed by Adela Gjorgjioska  From Left East, 16.2.2015 Three weeks ago the Left celebrated Syriza’s victory. The plot has thickened since, and…

Mark Mazower: European democracy enters dangerous times

Battle to defend the euro is reviving a rightwing language of purity Mark Mazower Financial Times, 30.1.2015   Until last week [18.1.2015 - 25.1.2015] European leaders thought their worst nightmare was that Syriza should triumph in the Greek general elections. Now that the leftwing populist party is in government, they…

Donatella Della Porta: Another Europe with Syriza?

Donatella Della Porta from Il Manifesto (29.2.2015) and sbilanciamoci.info (30.1.2015)   There is no doubt that the near majority obtained by Syriza in the elections last month represent a point-of-no-return for Europe. This is the result most feared by the rulers of several countries and, above all, by the financial…

Our leaders are only as good as we make them

Daniel Trilling   Shortly before the elections, a Syriza activist I interviewed warned me that Syriza was “not a messiah” and that its project would not succeed without active participation of the people it seeks to represent. This, to me, is particularly important: when politicians become divorced from the movements…