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5 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far. - Greece | 30/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Juncker's surrender to Ankara

The agreement reached between the EU and Turkey on the refugee question completely ignores the interests of Greece and Cyprus, the online portal argues: "The summit represents a crushing defeat for the Europe policy pursued by both countries for decades vis-à-vis Ankara. ... Athens must now look on as Turkey 'invades' Brussels, without having secured recognition for the Republic of Cyprus or respect for its sovereignty. ... What's more, the Greek government's proposals for a solution to the refugee problem landed directly in the waste bin. ... Seized with fear and panic at the uncontrolled flood of refugees to Europe, the major partners and their protagonist Jean-Claude Juncker transformed yesterday's summit into an unconditional surrender by satisfying all of the demands Turkey put to Europe."

Eleftherotypia - Greece | 24/11/2011

Samaras signs death sentence

Antonis Samaras, leader of Greece's conservative Nea Demokratia party, gave his written support for long-term austerity measures in compliance with EU demands on Wednesday. With this move he has sentenced his party and Greek politics as a whole to death, writes the left-liberal daily Eleftherotypia: "The two major parties, Pasok and Nea Demokratia, will now faithfully pursue the austerity policy even though it has proved catastrophic for our economy. ... The two major parties are therefore signing the end of their policies, and perhaps even their own death sentences. On the face of it this may come as a relief for all those Greeks who have long since realised that the two-party system in Greece was on its last legs. ... But the political forces, especially those on the Left, that oppose the austerity programme dictated by the EU and the International Monetary Fund are disunited. They have no joint alternative proposal and no policy to offer, and nor are they willing to cooperate with each other."

Eleftherotypia - Greece | 26/05/2011

Europe blackmails Greece

Maria Damanaki, the Greek EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, has become the first EU politician to warn of the consequences of her country leaving the Eurozone, urging the Greek opposition to approve further austerity measures because otherwise the country may have to return to the drachma. This is blackmail, the left-liberal daily Eleftherotypia complains: "The government must assume responsibility and implement its decisions. For example it should sell the electricity company DEI, the national water supplier EYDAP and the ports in the next few months to pay off part of its 'debts'. However our partners obviously don't believe the government will fulfil its obligations. Therefore they are now cranking up the pressure by having 'unofficial' discussions and speculating on whether Greece will keep the euro or not. This is the beginning of a new policy of blackmail regarding the future of the country within the Eurozone."

Eleftherotypia - Greece | 28/04/2011

Don't make cuts in Greek social state

The European statistics office Eurostat on Tuesday reported that Greece's public deficit was 10.5 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010, not 8.1 percent as expected. The left-liberal daily Eleftherotypia warns against cutting social expenditures: "If we assume that the government will keep its promise not to further reduce salaries and pensions then cuts will have to be made elsewhere in the welfare state - or what's left of it. The fusion of hospitals and also cuts in healthcare expenditures and unemployment benefits are now being ... openly discussed. In reality this only means that Greek citizens will have to tighten their belts once more, and that the cuts will be as painful as those in 2010. This leads us to the simple conclusion that the tough austerity measures are yet to come."

Eleftherotypia - Greece | 18/09/2008

Critical phase in the name dispute

The negotiations in the name dispute between the Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and the Greek region of Macedonia have entered a critical phase. The foreign ministers of both states are having a surprise meeting in Paris today. The newspaper Eleftherotypia comments on the results of the negotiations so far: "Greece is looking for a name for FYROM while Skopje is trying to construct a Macedonian minority in Greece. This was the outcome of the latest negotiations in the UN ... that left no doubt that both sides are as far away as possible from each other ... The Gruevski government [of the prime minister of the Republic of Macedonia] appears to have abandoned the idea of finding a solution because it has realised that the country is facing a second veto, this time by the EU, because it ... does not fulfil the 'pure' European criteria."

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