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Will this time be different for Greece? How to assess its ability to deliver on the reform agenda

Beblavý, Μ. (2015) «Will this time be different for Greece? How to assess its ability to deliver on the reform agenda«, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Commentary, 13 Μαρτίου.   Τhis commentary was inspired by the ongoing debate on whether this time will be different for Greece and whether Syriza will deliver on its reform promises to the European partners. It is striking thatthe public debate on such an …Read More

The Greek Surge against Austerity: A Blessing or a Curse for the Eurozone?

Panagiotarea, Eleni (2015) «The Greek Surge against Austerity: A Blessing or a Curse for the Eurozone?«, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung – European Union, 08 Απριλίου 2015.   Syriza’s advent of power was supposed to seriously challenge the eurozone’s austerity orthodoxy and put an end to an economic adjustment programme, which saw Greece’s GDP fall by 25 per cent and unemployment rise by 26 per cent. The radical-left populist party was instrumental in exploiting …Read More

Blame and Punishment? The Electoral Politics of Extreme Austerity in Greece

Rüdig, W. & Karyotis, G. (2015) «Blame and Punishment? The Electoral Politics of Extreme Austerity in Greece«, Political Studies Association, Vol. 63, Issue 1, πρώτη δημοσίευση: 13 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013, σελ. 2-24.   Can governments that introduce extreme austerity measures survive elections? Contrary to economic voting expectations, the PASOK government in Greece initially appeared to cope quite well, claiming victory in regional elections in 2010 despite widespread anti-austerity protests. In this …Read More

Η Ελληνική Πολιτική Οικονομία 2000 – 2010, Από την ΟΝΕ στο Μηχανισμό Στήριξης

Μπαλάφας, Βασίλης, «Η Ελληνική Πολιτική Οικονομία 2000 – 2010, Από την ΟΝΕ στο Μηχανισμό Στήριξης«, Foreign Affairs Hellenic Edition, 04 Απριλίου 2015.   Από τις αρχές της δεκαετίας η οικονομία της Ελλάδας αποτελεί διεθνές θέμα συζήτησης, εντάσεων και προβληματισμού. Η χώρα βρέθηκε στο μάτι του κυκλώνα της διεθνούς ειδησεογραφίας με αποκορύφωμα το Μάιο του 2010 και έκτοτε συνεχίζει να συγκεντρώνει τα φώτα της δημοσιότητας, ιδιαίτερα όταν επίκειται κάποια συμφωνία στο …Read More

Χτίζοντας φορολογική κουλτούρα

Ψαλλίδας, Μιχάλης, «Χτίζοντας φορολογική κουλτούρα«, Crowdpolicy Blog, 22 Μαρτίου 2015.   Προτεραιότητα της κάθε πολιτικής ηγεσίας διαχρονικά είναι η καταπολέμηση της φοροδιαφυγής. Ομοίως, ο σημερινός Υπουργός Οικονομικών σε πρόσφατη συνέντευξή του ανέφερε ως πρώτη προτεραιότητα της κυβέρνησης την καταπολέμηση της φοροδιαφυγής. Σύμφωνα με στοιχεία του ΟΟΣΑ για το 2009 το μέγεθος της ελληνικής μαύρης οικονομίας ήταν περίπου 65 δις ευρώ με διαφυγόντες φόρους περίπου 20 δις ευρώ. Φαίνεται επικερδής η …Read More

Greece requires political reform as much as structural reform of its economy

Tsekeris, C. (2015) «Greece requires political reform as much as structural reform of its economy«, LSE EUROPP, 07 Απριλίου.   The Greek government and its creditors have still not reached an agreement on the release of further financial assistance to the country, despite fears growing over the state of Greece’s finances ahead of a scheduled loan repayment to the IMF on 9 April. Charalambos Tsekeris writes that while the discussions …Read More

A Eurozone Without Greece – It’s time to think more seriously about this possibility

Richard Barwell, A Eurozone Without Greece – It’s time to think more seriously about this possibility, Wall Street Journal, 01 Απριλίου 2015.   The 24-hour news cycle is causing a cacophony of speculation about Greece leaving the euro, the so-called Grexit. Amid all the arguments about whether Greece will or should exit, there has been a lot less thought given to what would happen if Greece does return to the …Read More

Greece And Other Benefit Scroungers

Wren-Lewis, S. (2015) «Greece And Other Benefit Scroungers«, Social Europe Journal, 30 Μαρτίου.   Whenever I write a post critical of German views on Eurozone policy, I get comments which can be paraphrased in the following way. Greece (and maybe other Eurozone countries) are incapable of governing themselves properly, and when they get into difficulties Germany has to bail them out, so it is only reasonable that as a price …Read More

Destroying the Greek economy in order to save it – European authorities are using dirty tactics to bring Greece to heel

Mark Weisbrot, Destroying the Greek economy in order to save it – European authorities are using dirty tactics to bring Greece to heel, Al Jazeera America, 30 Μαρτίου 2015.   There is a tense standoff right now between the Greek government and the so-called troika — the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ECB President Mario Draghi went so far this week as …Read More

Policing the Crisis: the Other Side of the Story

Rosa Vasilaki (2015) «Policing the Crisis: the Other Side of the Story«, LSE EUROPP, 27 Μαρτίου.   The paper looked at the views and experiences of police officers during the years of the recent economic and political crisis. The story of the protesters and those who have been resisting the austerity measures in Greece is well documented, however, the story of those who have been tasked to reinforce – via …Read More