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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 14/07/2015

Buying time for an orderly Grexit

Like the agreements that preceded it the latest compromise in the Greek crisis only serves to buy time, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: "To maintain the illusion of a later solution, predictions that always turned out to be far too optimistic have been made with reference to Greece. The intention contained in the agreement of obtaining 50 billion euros in revenues through the sale of Greek state assets under the supervision of the creditors fit in with this. The sales plans formulated so far have hardly achieved anything apart from greatly embarrassing the Greeks. The true purpose of the agreement is probably once more simply to buy time - this time however to prepare for Greece's orderly exit from the Eurozone."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 12/04/2011

Signal to Europe

Almost 60 percent of Iceland's citizens have voted for the second time against compensating the foreign customers of the bankrupt online Icesave bank. In the eyes of the left-liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger the referendum is also a "No" to EU membership: "What does the entire process mean for the Eurozone, of which Iceland is not a member? Before the vote the Icelanders were told that if they voted against compensation the British and Dutch governments would sue for the money. But that wasn't the greatest threat because the outcome of such a court case is not certain. More significant was the threat that the Icelandic governments plans to join the EU might have to be postponed. But the citizens of Iceland obviously weren't intimidated by the prospect. So the Icelandic referendum can also be interpreted as a rejection of the idea of joining the EU club."

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