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Greek Endgame From Austerity to Growth or Grexit

Christodoulakis, Nicos, (2015), «Greek Endgame From Austerity to Growth or Grexit», Rowman & Littlefield publications, Οκτώβριος The book explores in depth both the origins of the Greek debt crisis and the conditions under which the economy might be turned around from its current malaise. Greek debt turned explosive after the 2008 global crisis, through a combination of a fiscal spree and domestic policy complacency, but the unpreparedness and indecision of the …Read More

Τι Πιστεύουν Οι Έλληνες: Μια Έρευνα

Greek Public Opinion, (2016), «Τι Πιστεύουν Οι Έλληνες: Μια Έρευνα», Έρευνα για λογαριασμό της διαΝΕΟσις, Φεβρουάριος Καθώς η χώρα περνά μια από τις πιο δραματικές της περιόδους, οι Έλληνες πολίτες καλούνται να αξιολογήσουν, να επεξεργαστούν και να διαχειριστούν καταστάσεις και συνθήκες πρωτόγνωρες. Πώς τις προσεγγίζουν; Τι σκέφτονται; Με ποια γνωστικά, ηθικά και πολιτισμικά εφόδια αντιμετωπίζουν τις κρίσιμες προκλήσεις της εποχής τους; Σχετικές Αναρτήσεις Μιχαλόπουλος, Σαράντης, (2013), «Ευρωβαρόμετρο: 1 στους 2 νέους …Read More

State Transformation and the European Integration Project: Lessons from the financial crisis and the Greek paradigm

Venizelos, Evangelos, (2016), «State Transformation and the European Integration Project: Lessons from the financial crisis and the Greek paradigm», Ceps, 4 Φεβρουαρίου The financial crisis that erupted in the eurozone not only affected the EU’s financial governance mechanisms, but also the very nature of state sovereignty and balances in the relations of member states; thus, the actual inequalities between the member states hidden behind their institutional equality have deteriorated. This …Read More

Greek pension reform once again: Explaining its logic and issues

Tinios, Platon, (2016), «Greek pension reform once again: Explaining its logic and issues», Briefing Note, LSE, 15 Ιανουαρίου Pension reform is, once again, the main issue in Greek political discussion. It returns only months after all retirement ages rose to 67 in the summer of 2015. There have been at least three major pension reforms and at least ten pension cuts since 2010. All this frantic activity apparently fails on …Read More

Greek Pensions Crisis: The Last Act of the Greek Tragedy

Iakovidis, Michael , Mahoney, Daniel , Knox, Tim, (2016), «Greek Pensions Crisis: The Last Act of the Greek Tragedy», Center for Policy Studies, 14 Ιανουαρίου The Greek pensions system, after decades of political exploitation, state interference and crony capitalism, is close to collapse. The system has been plagued by an unsustainable worker to pensioner ratio, endemic corruption along with major financial losses on investments in Greek banks and Government bonds. To sustain the …Read More

The Varoufakis Effect?

Varoufakis, Yanis, (2016), «The Varoufakis Effect?», Project Syndicate, 26 Ιανουαρίου In his end-of-2015 missive, Holger Schmieding of the Hamburg investment bank Berenberg warned his firm’s clients that what they should be worrying about now is political risk. To illustrate, he posted the diagram below, showing how business confidence collapsed in Greece during the late spring of 2015, and picked up again only after my resignation from the finance ministry. Schmieding …Read More

Greece: a European tragedy

Mody, Ashoka, (2016), «Greece: a European tragedy», Bruegel publications, 14 Ιανουαρίου Wrapped up in the details of pension reforms and home foreclosure—matters that, no doubt, have important consequences for many— the big picture has faded into the background. It is easy to forget how we got here, and where we are going. Σχετικές Αναρτήσεις   Varoufakis, Yanis, (2016), «Greece’s Two Currencies», Social Europe, 8 Ιανουαρίου. Arkolakis, Costas, Galenianos, Manolis, (2015), «The challenge of trade adjustment …Read More

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

Sourvanos, Dimitris, Nanou, Kyriaki, (2015), «The Left in government again: Principled politicians and pragmatic policies – A lesson on how to square the circle«,  LSE blog, 24 Νοεμβρίου 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 difficulties that left-wing parties are faced with when governing under severe constraints. Σχετικές Αναρτήσεις Cowen, T. …Read More

A More Ambitious Agenda Needed to Combat Greek Debt

Hyppolite, Paul-Adrien, Roussille, Nina, (2015), «A More Ambitious Agenda Needed to Combat Greek Debt», Economonitor, 14 Νοεμβρίου. The July 12th euro area summit ended with a last minute agreement that avoided an imminent ‘Grexit’. Even before negotiating the third bailout program, the Greek government accepted several conditions imposed by its European partners. Among these, the most debated is the creation of a fund to monetize €50bn of public assets through privatizations and other means, …Read More

Alternative measures of government indebtedness

Dias, Daniel A., Wright, Mark L. J., (2015), «Alternative measures of government indebtedness»,Voxeu, 13 Νοεμβρίου. Measured as a percentage of its GDP, Greece’s debt is higher than that of Portugal and Ireland. This column discusses a range of new techniques for measuring the debts of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal. It argues that plausible alternative measures of indebtedness suggest that Greece is anywhere from as much as 50% more indebted than Portugal and …Read More