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The Greek Crisis and the Search for Political Leadership

Katsikas, Dimitris, (2012), ‘The Greek Crisis and the Search for Political Leadership’, The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp. 49-56.

Despite two bailout agreements of unprecedented size and the implementation of a harsh austerity programme, no solution to the Greek crisis is in sight. As a result, Greece continues to be a hotspot, sending sporadic tremors to a fragile eurozone. The outcome so far leaves no doubts about the grave mishandling of the crisis. The most important cause of this failure is the lack of political leadership at both the national and European levels. Accordingly, a solution to the Greek crisis will remain elusive unless Greek and Europeans politicians overcome the constraints of national political calculations and exercise leadership commensurate to the challenge of rescuing Greece and indeed the eurozone itself.