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Publications by the Observatory Team

Ιn Defense of Europe. Can the European project be saved?

Tsoukalis, Loukas, (2016), “Ιn Defense of Europe. Can the European project be saved?”, Oxford University Press Το νέο βιβλίο του Προέδρου του ΕΛΙΑΜΕΠ, Καθηγητή Λουκά Τσούκαλη: Ιn Defense of Europe. Can the European project be saved? εκδίδεται από τον οίκο Oxford University Press. Για πολλά χρόνια η Ευρώπη δεν ήταν τόσο αδύναμη και διχασμένη, όπως συμβαίνει σήμερα. Τραυματισμένη από διαδοχικές κρίσεις,  έχει δείξει ισχυρό συλλογικό ένστικτο επιβίωσης αλλά δεν έχει ανταποκριθεί …Read More

Greeks and Social Europe

Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos, (2016), “Greeks and Social Europe”, EU Forum, 8 Ιουνίου In pre-crisis Greece, Social Europe used to mean a welcome invitation to make Greece’s living standards converge with those of the rest of the EU. It also meant a less welcome push to introduce into Greece labour market and pension reforms, which would alter a patronage-based divide between insiders and outsiders. European social policies, including active labor market policies …Read More

Greece and the EU. Lessons from a Long-lasting Crisis

Pol Morillas, Thanos Dokos, (2016), “Greece and the EU. Lessons from a Long-lasting Crisis”, CIDOB Monographs, May Less than a year ago, the Greek crisis reached its highest level of tension. After arduous negotiations, the Greek government and its creditors signed the agreement for a third bailout in July 2015,which should provide liquidity to the Greek public sector in return for a severe programme of deficit adjustment and structural reforms. At the …Read More

What’s Next for Greece?

Park, Jeanne, (2015), “What’s Next for Greece?”, Interview of Eleni Panagiotarea in Council on Foreign Relations, 23 September With the Syriza party’s decisive victory in Greece’s snap elections on Sunday, Alexis Tsipras won his second term as prime minister less than a year after he first took office. Eleni Panagiotarea, research fellow at the Athens-based ELIAMEP think tank, says that while these results may restore a measure of political stability, …Read More

Greek Elections 2015: Quo Vadis, Alexis?

Panagiotarea, Eleni, (2015), “Greek Elections 2015: Quo Vadis, Alexis?”, Heinrich Boll Stiftung publications, 23 September There is no doubt about it: Tsipras proved a real master of the political game. His gamble paid off. In fact, whether by accident or by design, he won more than he staked: a clear victory, following Syriza’s spectacular policy U-turn on ending austerity; a clear mandate to proceed with the implementation of the third …Read More

Why Greeks voted the way they did in the bailout referendum

Jurado,  Ignacio, Konstantinidis,  Nikitas, Walter, Stefanie, (2015), “Why Greeks voted the way they did in the bailout referendum”, LSE blog, 20 July The recent ‘Greferendum’ on a draft bailout proposal submitted by the European Commission highlights the confounding effects of economic and political interdependence on democratic politics. Whereas the British electorate will be given up to two years in order to deliberate and decide over British membershipin the EU (having already opted out …Read More

A Perilous ‘No’ to the Status Quo

Hatzis, Aristides, (2015), “A Perilous ‘No’ to the Status Quo”, Wall Street Journal, 8 July People outside Greece can’t comprehend the extent of the “no” side’s victory in Sunday’s referendum. It wasn’t only a landslide, 61% to 39%. Relevant Posts Gros, Daniel, (2015), “Europe’s Greek Failure”, Project Syndicate, 9 July Friedman, George, (2015), “The Greek Vote and the EU Miscalculation“, Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly, 7 July    

A ‘take-it-or-leave it’ vote is a recipe for disaster for Greece

Hatzis, Aristides, (2015), “A ‘take-it-or-leave it’ vote is a recipe for disaster for Greece”, Financial Times, 28 June Early Sunday morning the Greek parliament voted to hold a referendum that will be decisive for the country’s future. Supposedly this is going to be a vote on a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposal by Greece’s creditors — the EU, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.But in fact this is going to …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 April 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

The Eurozone crisis and the transformation of EU governance: internal and external implications

Rodrigues, Maria João. & Xiarchogiannopoulou, Eleni. & EBSCOhost. (2014). The Eurozone crisis and the transformation of EU governance: internal and external implications. Farnham, Surrey, UK ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 15 April 2015.       The book comprises the following chapters: Transcending or descending? : European integration in times of crisis / Zoe Lefkofridi & Philippe Schmitter Economic crisis and the internationalisation of EU competition policy / Michelle Cini The transformation of …Read More