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On Structural Reforms and Debt Relief

Milas, Costas, Panagiotidis, Theodore, Boumparis, Periklis, (2015), “On Structural Reforms and Debt Relief “, LSE blog, 15 October The recent trip of the Greek Prime Minister to the US was dominated by repeated calls for debt relief. The Greek pile of debt, currently at 177% of the country’s GDP, is undoubtedly high (see here for a recent analysis on the sustainability of the Greek debt). In July 2015, the IMF (one of Greece’s so-called Troika …Read More

Who’s to Blame for Greece?-Austerity in Charge of Saving a Broken Economy

Pelagidis, Theodore, Mitsopoulos, Michael, (2015), “Who’s to Blame for Greece?-Austerity in Charge of Saving a Broken Economy”, International Political Economy Series, Palgrave-Macmillan publications, October The Euro constitutes the crowning achievement of a prolonged process of integration between European states. It incarnates the vision for a united and prosperous Europe: the attainment of major political goals through the promotion of closer economic cooperation. However, the 2009 crisis brought the EU head-to-head again with its perennial …Read More

The crossroad of reforms for the Greek public administration

Makrydemetres, Anthony, D. Zervopoulos, Panagiotis, Eliana Pravita, Maria, (2015), ” The crossroad of reforms for the Greek public administration”, LSE blog, 9 October The reform of Greek public administration in order to enhance efficiency is a key recommendation put forth by the OECD. Efficient public administration ensures both the optimal utilisation of the resources engaged by public bodies and the allocation of excessive public funds to civil society or to activities promoting economic growth. The reform …Read More

Where is the credit crunch in Greece?

Gros, Daniel, (2015), “Where is the credit crunch in Greece?”, Ceps Commentary, 6 October Greek policy-makers like to make the point that their economy cannot recover because of a lack of credit and that this affects exports, in particular. Austerity is an easy explanation for the weakness of domestic demand, argues Daniel Gros in this CEPS Commentary, but it is more difficult to see why Greek exports have stagnated in …Read More

#aGreekment in the Twittersphere

Bauchowitz,  Stefan, Hänska, Max, (2015), “#aGreekment in the Twittersphere“, LSE blog, 6 October To what extent does twitter provide a platform for the emergence of a European public sphere? Around 47% of Europeans use social media at least once a week, making it a potentially important source of information and a promising platform for debate. Indeed, it has sometimes been suggested that the interactive affordance of social media may provide the ideal platform for a …Read More

Greece Without Illusions

Varoufakis, Yanis, (2015), “Greece Without Illusions”, Project Syndicate, 5 October “The costliest minor government reshuffle in Greece’s history.” That is at least one way to describe the result of the Greek general election on September 20. Indeed, with few exceptions, the same ministers have returned to the same offices as part of an administration backed by the same odd pair of parties (the left-wing Syriza and the smaller right-wing Independent …Read More

Greek debt remains unsustainable: Here is why

Lukkezen, Jasper, (2015), “Greek debt remains unsustainable: Here is why”, Voxeu, 24 September After 2018, Greece should have market access. This column argues that without further debt relief, this is unlikely to happen. Under reasonable assumptions, its debt ratio will likely not decline, and the financing burden will increase again. Private investors will take these risks into account and will ask for a risk premium that Greece cannot afford in the …Read More

The Greek elections and the third bailout programme: Why it could work this time round

Alcidi, Cinzia, Gros, Daniel, (2015), “The Greek elections and the third bailout programme: Why it could work this time round”, Ceps publications, 21 September Following the decisive victory won by the Syriza party in Greece’s general election on September 20th, this commentary explores the key question of whether the third bailout programme can work, where the previous two programmes failed. Whereas most observers argue that the third one cannot work because it merely …Read More

No lessons learned

Mody, Ashoka, (2015), “No lessons learned”, Bruegel publications, 23 September In November 2003, former German Finance Minister Hans Eichel explained why the “deal” between Greece and its creditors is virtually certain to fail. Fending off the pressure then on Germany for more fiscal austerity in an economic recession, Eichel wrote in a Financial Times op-ed: “A policy geared solely to attaining quantitative consolidation targets in the short term runs the …Read More

Emergency liquidity assistance and Greek banks’ bankruptcy

R. Götz, Martin, Haselmann, Rainer, Krahnen, Jan Pieter, Steffen, Sascha, (2015), “Emergency liquidity assistance and Greek banks’ bankruptcy”, Voxeu publications, 25 September Discussions continue in some circles as to whether the ECB’s emergency liquidity assistance for Greek banks is legitimate. This column assesses the underlying economics of the emergency liquidity assistance programme and the complex interrelationship between the EU, the ECB and the Greek banks. Economists must focus on the political economy of a monetary union with …Read More