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Greece puts the Eurozone to the test


Europe's austerity dictates are polarising Greece. After attempts at forming a government failed, supporters of the austerity measures achieved a majority in fresh elections. Can the next government stabilise the crisis-ridden country and keep it in the Eurozone?



Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 13. July 2015

Greece driving a wedge between Paris and Berlin

The negotiations with Greece also dealt with the balance of power in the Eurozone, the centre-left daily Der Standard comments: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 13. August 2013

Athens casts shadow over German elections

According to Germany's Bundesbank, Greece will need a new bailout programme at the very latest by the start of next year. The announcement comes at a bad time for the contenders in Germany's federal election campaign, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes: » more


Main focus of Thursday, 18. July 2013

Schäuble praises Athens' reform path

Shortly before his visit to Athens today, Thursday, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed his approval of Greece's economic development. But in the eyes of ... » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 18. July 2013

Greece is still largest source of danger

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble's purportedly conciliatory visit to Greece is deceptive, because the real trench warfare over the euro crisis is yet to come, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung warns: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 18. July 2013

Two steps forward, one step back in Athens

According to the European Commission the shortfall in the bailout programme for Greece is not around 10 billion euros, as the media claims, but only 2.8 to 4.6 billion. Cold comfort for Greece, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore comments: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 18. July 2013

A stage for election campaigner Schäuble

There are to be no demonstrations for the duration of the Athens visit of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. The Greek police has placed a ban on gatherings in certain parts of the city between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The left-liberal online paper To Vima doubts his visit will achieve anything positive, describing it as a further blow to democracy: » more


Protagon.gr - Greece | Thursday, 7. February 2013

Steinbrück's SPD little help to Greeks

During his tour of several European capitals, Peer Steinbrück, chancellor candidate of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), made a stop in Athens on Wednesday. He promised the Greeks more solidarity and praised their efforts at austerity. The website Protagon warns the Greeks not to expect too much of this: » more


Ta Nea - Greece | Friday, 4. January 2013

Troika's tax proposal a bad idea

The troika has advised the Greek government to debit taxes directly from the bank accounts of its citizens because the government has been unable to collect unpaid taxes amounting to 55 billion euros. An aggressive tax policy is generally the wrong approach, the left-liberal daily Ta Nea warns: » more


Main focus of Wednesday, 28. November 2012

Agreement on Greece a source of relief

The stock markets reacted with cautious optimism on Tuesday to the agreement on reducing Greece's debt. The package of measures must now be approved by ... » more


Kurier - Austria | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

A boon for the gamblers and Angela Merkel

The new loans won't solve Greece's problems but they will help the speculators and Angela Merkel's election campaign, the liberal daily Kurier complains: » more


Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

National bankruptcy the better option

The liberal daily Jyllands-Posten is less than enthusiastic about the agreement, arguing that national bankruptcy would have been the better solution: » more


Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

Relief for the long-suffering Greeks

The agreement on a plan for reducing Greece's debt is praiseworthy indeed, the liberal daily Le Monde writes: » more


Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | Friday, 16. November 2012

EU expects the impossible from the Greeks

The EU Commission and the International Monetary Fund are at odds over whether Greece should be given until 2020 or 2022 to reduce its huge national debt to 120 percent of GDP. In the eyes of the conservative daily Magyar Nemzet, Greece won't be able to reach this target if it remains constricted by the stringent austerity policies it has been forced to adopt until now: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Friday, 16. November 2012

Greek bankruptcy warnings just a trick

According to the Greek government this Friday was the deadline for the country to receive the next credit instalment of approximately 31 billion euros without which the state would have to file for bankruptcy. Now, with a decision yet to be reached on when the instalment will be paid, it's clear that the threat was just a ploy, the conservative business paper Naftemporiki criticises: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 15. November 2012

Gift for Athens would spell disaster for Merkel

According to reports from sources following the negotiations on Wednesday, the Eurozone countries are now considering using their national budgets to provide Greece with additional support because the bailout package planned for the country won't be enough. A disastrous scenario for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 14. November 2012

The IMF has it easy on Greece

Euro Group chief Jean-Claude Juncker and IMF boss Christine Lagarde are at loggerheads over Greece's debt reduction schedule and a potential second haircut. The left-liberal daily Der Standard is not surprised: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 13. November 2012

Euro Group delays help for Athens

The Eurozone finance ministers resolved at their meeting in Brussels on Monday to give Greece two more years to get its public deficit under control. ... » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 13. November 2012

Dispute over debt reduction

According to the troika's estimates, by 2016 the delays in reducing Greece's deficit will have cost more than 30 billion euros. But unfortunately there is no consensus on how to compensate for these additional costs, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore complains: » more


Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Tuesday, 13. November 2012

Berlin's Greek policy a failure

Although the troika has given Greece a positive assessment the Eurozone finance ministers have postponed paying the next instalment of bailout funds. Germany is playing for time in view of the upcoming elections and jeopardising more than just Germany's credibility, the left-leaning daily taz argues: » more


Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, 13. November 2012

Delay with no guarantee of success

The troika wants to give Greece two more years to consolidate its finances. But that will only postpone a real solution to the problem writes Marcin Mróz, chief economist a the bank BNP Paribas Polska, in a commentary for the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more


Kurier - Austria | Monday, 12. November 2012

Half-hearted help for Greece

The help from the donor countries is half-hearted and ultimately will only postpone Greece's bankruptcy rather than averting it, the liberal daily Kurier writes: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Monday, 12. November 2012

Greece has done its duty

The Greek parliament approved the 2013 budget on Sunday night. With its green light for the 13.5 billion euro austerity package it fulfils the second prerequisite for receiving further emergency loans. But there is little expectation that the next instalment of 31.5 billion euros will be released at the meeting of the Eurozone finance ministers this Monday. The conservative daily Naftemporiki reminds the EU partners of their duties: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 8. November 2012

Give Greece money now

The Greek parliament approved a new austerity package totalling 13.5 billion euros on Wednesday evening. The vote was regarded as a pre-requisite for the crisis-stricken country to receive its next credit instalment. But the creditors continue to vacillate, the left-liberal online paper To Vima writes, calling adamantly for Greece not to tolerate this behaviour: » more


Tvxs - Greece | Thursday, 8. November 2012

Austerity package turns Greece into banana republic

The Greek parliament on Wednesday approved by a slim majority a new austerity package that foresees billions in spending cuts and tax hikes. Tens of thousands of people had gathered in Athens to protest the measures. According to the online portal TVXS, the new austerity package is the final act in the Greek drama: » more


Berlingske - Denmark | Thursday, 8. November 2012

Svend E. Hougaard Jensen believes Keynes would save Greece

Europe's political leaders should finally heed economist John Maynard Keynes in their efforts to save the euro, writes economics professor Svend E. Hougaard Jensen in the liberal daily Berlingske: » more


Imerisia - Greece | Monday, 5. November 2012

MPs must put their country first

Under the pressure of nationwide strikes the Greek parliament plans to hold a ballot on the new 13.5 billion austerity package on Wednesday. The junior partner in Antonis Samaras' government, the left-liberal party Dimar, wants to abstain. The business paper Imerisia calls on the politicians to approve the measures: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 2. November 2012

Greek court threatens troika agreement

The Greek parliament is due to vote on raising the retirement age to 67 and cutting pensions by up to ten percent next Wednesday. However according to the Greek Supreme Court of Audit these reforms demanded by the troika may be unconstitutional. If they are not implemented Greece won't receive any more money, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore comments: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 31. October 2012

Athens coalition torpedoes troika agreement

Greece has concluded its negotiations with its international creditors on new austerity measures, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has announced. It's just a pity that the plans lack the approval of parliament, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore points out: » more


Tvxs - Greece | Tuesday, 30. October 2012

Censorship nothing new in Greece

The Greek state television broadcaster Net TV suspended the presenters Marilena Katsimi and Kostas Arvanitis on Monday after they commented on reports of police torture by asking whether the minister of public order and citizen protection would resign. For the web portal TXVS, censorship in the Greek media is by no means a new phenomenon: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 31. October 2012

Kostas Vaxevanis on the deceitful egoism of the Greek elites

Kostas Vaxevanis, chief editor of the Greek magazine Hot Doc, was taken into provisional custody on Sunday. In a commentary for the left-liberal daily The Guardian, he denounces the deceit and selfishness of the Geek elites: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Tuesday, 30. October 2012

Greeks can no longer bear uncertainty

The German Minister of Finances Wolfgang Schäuble on Sunday rejected proposals for a Greek debt haircut by the Eurozone nation, and the Greek government's negotiations with its international creditors regarding labour market reforms are also stalling. The conservative daily Naftemporiki calls for both the government and the creditors to adopt clear positions: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 29. October 2012

Only IMF should have been able to bail out Greece

According to media reports on Sunday the troika made up of the EU Commission, the ECB and the IMF is recommending further debt relief for Greece. The country is de facto insolvent, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes and laments that the countries of the EU didn't leave the bailout operations to the IMF: » more


Tvxs - Greece | Monday, 29. October 2012

List of tax dodgers has government in a panic

The chief editor of the Greek weekly Hot Doc, Kostas Vaxevanis, was taken into temporary custody on Sunday for publishing a list of more than 2,000 wealthy citizens with Swiss bank accounts. Back in 2010 Christine Lagarde, at the time French Minister of Finances, had handed over a CD containing the names of tax dodgers to her Greek counterpart Giorgos Papakonstantinou. The government is trying to protect corrupt politicians by having Vaxevanis arrested, the website TVXS contends: » more


De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Thursday, 25. October 2012

Keep up pressure on Greece

Crisis-stricken Greece will be granted another two years to meets its austerity and reform targets, according to Greek Minister of Finances Giannis Stournaras. Europe should not under any circumstances loosen the reins, the right-leaning tabloid De Telegraaf warns: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 23. October 2012

Zeza Zikou sees Europe's democracy on the brink of collapse

The cause of the Greek economic crisis is to be found in Europe's identity crisis, columnist Zeza Zikou writes in the conservative daily Kathimerini: » more


Protagon.gr - Greece | Tuesday, 23. October 2012

Greece better off without EU loans

The Greek Finance Minister Giannis Stournaras on Monday warned that many people would starve if the country didn't receive the next instalment of the bailout package soon. The economist Giannis Varoufakis argues on the website Protagon that on the contrary Greece and Europe would be much better off without the loans: » more


Ependytis - Greece | Sunday, 21. October 2012

Greece ignores its jobless

Of the roughly 1.2 million people out of work in Greece not even one in six receives government support, several daily newspaper reported last week. The weekly Ependytis criticises that this rapidly expanding group figures nowhere in the programmes of the political parties: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Friday, 19. October 2012

Athens needs solidarity, not praise

The heads of state and government at the EU summit have congratulated Greece on its progress. EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy pointed to the "remarkable efforts of the Greek people" on Friday. The conservative daily Naftemporiki calls on the EU to show more solidarity instead of spouting praise: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 18. October 2012

The helpless hopping of the euro's rescuers

The EU's crisis policy looks increasingly like a game of hopscotch and is frustrating the people, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes: » more


Protagon.gr - Greece | Thursday, 18. October 2012

Pointless general strikes in Greece

Trade unions in Greece have called a general strike for today against the Greek government's new austerity programme. The news portal Protagon doubts the success of the numerous strikes in Greece: » more


Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 16. October 2012

Daphne Halikiopoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou on the double standards of the Greeks

On the one hand the Greeks call Angela Merkel a Nazi, and on the other many support the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Political scientists Daphne Halikiopoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou criticise such double standards on the London School of Economics' blog EUROPP: » more


Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Monday, 15. October 2012

Journalists without jobs must show courage

Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs in Greece because of the crisis, particularly in the print media. With everything that's going wrong in the country, the blogger Pitsirikos can't understand why they don't get active anyway: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Friday, 12. October 2012

Merkel's visit pays off

The IMF's warnings about too much austerity and Angela Merkel's visit to Athens raise the conservative daily Kathimerini's hopes that the austerity measures will be eased: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 11. October 2012

Merkel's visit wake-up call for Greeks

Most Greek media have reacted positively to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Athens on Tuesday. The left-liberal online daily To Vima also calls on Greek politicians to see the German chancellor's words as a wake-up call: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 9. October 2012

Merkel visits the centre of the crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Greece today for the first time since the start of the euro crisis. The visit is accompanied by a ... » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

Greece could become second Weimar Republic

The fact that thanks to massive security measures Angela Merkel will be visiting a ghost town today can't conceal that Athens is simmering with discontent, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica warns: » more


Blog Gavin Hewitt's Europe - United Kingdom | Monday, 8. October 2012

Merkel's visit symbolic

When she visits Athens Angela Merkel should think hard about how to keep Greece in the Eurozone, writes Europe correspondent Gavin Hewitt on his blog for the BBC: » more


Handelsblatt - Germany | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

Athens visit signals change in Merkel's stance

Even if Angela Merkel has already excluded the possibility of more financial aid for Greece, the liberal business paper Handelsblatt sees her visit to Athens ... » more


Proto Thema - Greece | Sunday, 7. October 2012

Merkel's guinea pig going mad

For the first time since the euro crisis began three years ago German Chancellor Angela Merkel is travelling to Greece. Athens is preparing for her visit on Tuesday with massive security operations. Merkel must finally recognise the terrible consequences of her austerity dictates, the conservative weekly Proto Thema demands: » more


Novinar - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 3. October 2012

Relaxed Greeks live longer

The Greeks have the highest life expectancy in Southern Europe, according to a recently published UN study. On average they live to be 80 years old, while Bulgarians, Romanians and Turks live less than 73 years. The secret of the Greeks' longevity is that they work less, the daily Novinar surmises: » more


Imerisia - Greece | Monday, 1. October 2012

Emporiki sale positive step for banking sector

The French banking group Crédit Agricole is on the brink of selling its struggling subsidiary, the Greek bank Emporiki. Crédit Agricole announced on Monday that it was giving the offer made by Greek bank Alpha priority, and would only negotiate with that bank. The business paper Imerisia hopes that the takeover will lead to the consolidation of the Greek banking sector: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Saturday, 29. September 2012

Greek fascists as employment agents

The Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn plans to set up an employment agency dedicated to finding jobs for Greek citizens only. The left-liberal online paper To Vima is not surprised: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Friday, 28. September 2012

Greece needs a change of mood in Europe

After several hours of negotiations on Thursday the Greek coalition government reached a basic consensus on a new austerity package of around 12 billion euros. Athens hopes this will secure it a further loan of 31 billion euros to avert bankruptcy. But the conservative daily Naftemporiki is sceptical about whether Greece will be able to get back on track in the foreseeable future: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 27. September 2012

Berlin remains deaf to protests

The Greeks can protest as much as they want, Berlin doesn't want to listen, the left-liberal online paper To Vima writes: » more


Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Thursday, 27. September 2012

Greeks lack the energy to strike

A general strike all but brought public life in Greece to a standstill on Wednesday. But according to the left-liberal Tagesspiegel many people in the country no longer even have the energy to demonstrate: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Wednesday, 26. September 2012

Keep crisis countries on a tighter rein

In the event that Athens' creditors extend the deadline for Greece to implement the agreed reforms it would need an estimated 13 to 15 billion euros more than previously assumed. According to Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, Greece wants to close the financing gap without further burdening European taxpayers. This is the consequence of a relaxed monetary policy, the liberal daily corriere del Ticino fumes: » more


Ependytis - Greece | Sunday, 16. September 2012

Greeks far from relieved

The sense of euphoria in Athens and Brussels after the German Constitutional Court's ESM ruling and the ECB's decision on government bond purchases gives the weekly Ependitis pause for thought. It stresses that the people of Greece neither share this enthusiasm nor believe that there will be a happy end to the country's debt crisis: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Thursday, 13. September 2012

Pantelis Boukalas on the vengeful god of debt

Columnist Pantelis Boukalas finds the way in which politicians and creditors talk of Greece's mountain of debt disconcerting. He writes in the conservative daily Kathimerini: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Thursday, 13. September 2012

Greek public servants are politicians' protegees

In Greece, several members of the government are opposing the mass dismissals of public servants stipulated by the troika. The conservative daily Naftemporiki deplores the persistent clientelism in the country: » more


Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Monday, 10. September 2012

Cyprus meets the beggars

The number of beggars on the streets of Cyprus has spiralled since the outbreak of the crisis in Greece, the liberal daily Phileleftheros writes, comparing the situation with that of Greece in the 1980s: » more


Enikos.gr - Greece | Wednesday, 5. September 2012

Stathis Stavropoulos on Greece's tie-wearing fascism

The troika is recommending that Greece introduce a six-day working week while at the same time curbing employees' rights, Greek media reported on Monday, basing these claims on emails sent to the Economics Ministry. This spells the end of democracy in Greece, columnist and caricaturist Stathis Stavropoulos writes on the web portal enikos.gr: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 4. September 2012

Special courts won't explain Greek plight

In Greece, the public prosecutor's office has launched an investigation against members of the former socialist Pasok government after a Greek former top official at the International Monetary Fund admitted that the IMF was aware that the country's austerity programme was impracticable. It would be better if the investigation were led by a parliamentary commission of inquiry, the conservative daily Kathimerinin contends: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Sunday, 26. August 2012

Samaras must convince opponents at home

During his visits to Berlin on Friday and Paris on Saturday the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras managed to win his European partners over to his programme, but he now faces the task of persuading his opponents at home, the left-liberal online paper To Vima writes: » more


Politis - Cyprus | Thursday, 23. August 2012

Greeks to blame for their own bad image

The British newspaper the Independent on Wednesday compared Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras with a beggar trudging around Europe asking for more money and time. The liberal daily Politis writes that the Greek only have themselves to blame for their country's battered reputation in Europe: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Friday, 24. August 2012

Greeks must accept harsh truth

The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will have to pull all the stops to persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel to make concessions, according to the left-liberal daily Delo: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Thursday, 23. August 2012

Time for a new Greece

Ahead of Friday's meeting between Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel the conservative business paper Naftemporiki stresses the importance of Samaras showing his willingness to implement reforms: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 23. August 2012

Samaras opens final act in euro drama

Europe is facing what are perhaps the most important weeks in its recent history, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes and calls on all parties to close ranks: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 21. August 2012

Berlin remains firm vis-à-vis Athens

In a meeting with his Greek counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos on Monday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle rejected the idea of softening the terms of the ... » more


Expansión - Spain | Tuesday, 21. August 2012

React quickly to Athens' demands

Europe's politicians must quickly decide how to react to Greece's demand for more flexibility in the repayment of its debts, the conservative business paper Expansíon writes: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Tuesday, 21. August 2012

German panic-mongering deepens crisis

The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has said during a meeting with his Greek counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos that the key to Greece's remaining in the Eurozone lies in Athens' hands. Last week several German coalition partners declared that a Greek exit is entirely possible. The left-liberal online newspaper To Vima criticises the Germans' stance: » more


Elsevier - Netherlands | Tuesday, 21. August 2012

Greece has lost its credibility

When Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visits Berlin at the end of the week German Chancellor Angela Merkel should not agree to his country's deferring its reforms, the right-wing conservative news magazine Elsevier writes: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Monday, 20. August 2012

Don't punish repentant Greece

According to the German news magazine Der Spiegel, in its interim report the troika estimates that Greece will need 14 billion euros between now and 2014 rather than the 11.5 billion euros previously calculated. Once again the possibility of the country exiting the Eurzone is being openly discussed, but this would have devastating repercussions and must be avoided at all costs, writes the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: » more


Protagon.gr - Greece | Thursday, 16. August 2012

Samaras' fateful trips to Berlin and Paris

The Greek head of government Antonis Samaras will push for more time to implement the austerity programme demanded by the country's international creditors during meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande in the coming week. Antonis Fourlis writes in the news portal Protagon that the visit will be decisive for the future of the Samaras government: » more


Ependytis - Greece | Sunday, 12. August 2012

Giannis Kibouropoulos on the neoliberal abuse of language

Over 6,000 people were taken into provisional custody in Greece last week as part of a police action against illegal immigration. The campaign is named after Xenios Zeus, the name given to the most powerful Greek god in his role as patron of hospitality and guests. The columnist Giannis Kibouropoulos decries in the weekly newspaper Ependytis a neoliberal cynicism that is creeping into linguistic usage: » more


Imerisia - Greece | Thursday, 9. August 2012

Berlin's crisis policy set to change

In the Monday edition of the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung the leader of Germany's opposition Social Democratic Party, Sigmar Gabriel, voiced support for the idea of introducing Eurozone debt mutualisation in the long term. This hails a change of policy in Berlin, writes the business paper Imerisia, saying that this reorientation will change the mood in Germany and all Europe: » more


Main focus of Wednesday, 8. August 2012

IMF pushes for Athens' debt to be waived

The International Monetary Fund is calling on Eurozone states to waive their demands regarding Athens. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the ... » more


Diário Económico - Portugal | Wednesday, 8. August 2012

Silence is golden in the crisis

Euro Group boss Jean-Claude Juncker warned in an interview with the German broadcaster WDR on Tuesday of the risks of Athens exiting the Eurozone, but at the same time admitted that if it did so the process would be "manageable". The liberal business paper Diário Económico is annoyed and calls on EU politicians to be more prudent: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Wednesday, 8. August 2012

Athens can't pay its debts

The demands of the IMF are an admission of the fact that Greece won't be able to repay its debts and will further diminish people's trust in the politicians, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse pointing out that Austria's Finance Minister Maria Fekter once promoted the help for Greece as a "good business": » more


Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, 8. August 2012

Europe must be able to rely on IMF

The IMF is evading its responsibilities in demanding that the euro states relinquish their claims on Greece, writes the conservative daily Die Welt: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 6. August 2012

Eurozone fighting a losing battle

According to its international creditors Greece has made progress in its efforts to cut spending and must now persevere with this course of action. After the troika's visit to Athens its latest report is expected for the end of September. But the verdict is already clear, because a bankrupt Greece is taboo, writes cultural historian Thomas van der Dunk in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more


Ependytis - Greece | Sunday, 5. August 2012

Europe takes a break from the crisis

The business paper Ependytis is surprised to see how passively the leaders of the Eurozone are behaving this month even though the future of the Monetary Union is at stake: » more


Epikaira - Greece | Thursday, 2. August 2012

Papandreou saw catastrophe coming

Panagiotis Roumeliotis, Greece's former representative to the International Monetary Fund, said in an interview with the New York Times last week that the IMF was aware that the austerity programme it stipulated for Greece in 2010 was impossible to realise. The weekly Epikaira calls former Greek Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou to account: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 2. August 2012

Greek government boxes through austerity

After a round of tough negotiations, the Greek government agreed on a new austerity package on Wednesday evening. The aim is to cut spending by 11.5 billion euros so that the country can continue to receive support from international creditors. The left-liberal online paper To Vima explains the circumstances of the deal: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Sunday, 29. July 2012

Greek patients face another nightmare

The Greek government on Monday announced spending cuts of more than 11.5 billion euros for the coming two years. The cuts will affect public healthcare again. One measure under consideration is that health insurance policy holders be made to pay 10 euros for each visit to the doctor once annual costs for their visits to doctors exceed 1,500 euros. A nightmare scenario for cash-strapped patients, the conservative daily Kathimerini writes: » more


El Mundo - Spain | Monday, 30. July 2012

Merkel accepts Greece as collateral damage

The German Minister for Economics Philipp Rösler on Sunday once again talked of a potential Greek exit from the Eurozone. The conservative daily El Mundo says it detects a turning point in Germany's policy: » more


Tvxs - Greece | Sunday, 29. July 2012

Cold-blooded privatisation in Greece

The Greek government has decided in favour of partial privatisation and dissection of the ailing state-owned ATE Bank, the Greek central bank announced on Friday. This means that the bank's loss-making business will be put under state control while the remaining healthy part of its business will go to the Piraeus Bank. The Internet portal tvxs criticises the decision: » more


Main focus of Friday, 27. July 2012

Draghi gives hope to crisis states

The head of the ECB Mario Draghi has signalised that the Central Bank will take stronger action in the debt crisis and provide further support ... » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Friday, 27. July 2012

Hopes that Draghi will keep his word

Following Mario Draghi's statement the ECB would do whatever it takes to resolve the euro crisis and his vague hints regarding the bank's purchase of government bonds the conservative daily Naftemporiki hopes that he will keep his promise: » more


Tvxs - Greece | Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Greece should brace itself for exit

The web portal tvxs believes that Greece's European dream is about to end and that the only thing left is for Greece to brace itself for the fall: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Martin Feldstein sees solution to crisis in euro devaluation

With an eye on the crisis-ridden economies of Spain and Greece, Martin Feldstein, professor of economics at Harvard University, explains in a guest column for the liberal daily Financial Times that the solution could lie in devaluing the single currency: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Euro crisis panics markets

Speculation over Greece's euro exit and Spain's precarious situation have caused turbulence in Europe's financial markets. The euro fell on Monday to its lowest level ... » more


Ta Nea - Greece | Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Europe's last communist country

Former US president Bill Clinton was in Athens on Monday to meet the Greek premier Antonis Samaras. Clinton was accompanying a delegation of businessmen from ... » more


Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Terrifying austerity package won't help Spain

In view of the recent turbulence on Europe's stock markets the daily newspaper Diário de Notícias criticises Berlin's obstructive behaviour: » more


Público - Portugal | Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Greek exit a scary prospect after all

The US rating agency Moody's has confirmed the top AAA credit rating of Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg for now, but lowered their outlook from "stable" to "negative". It justified the move by pointing to uncertainties about the future of the Eurozone. This means the prospect of Greece going bankrupt is more frightening than certain people are willing to admit, the liberal daily Público concludes: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Without the ECB the euro will die

If the European Central Bank (ECB) doesn't intervene now to halt the escalating European debt crisis the monetary union is doomed, warns Roberto Napoletano in the liberal-conservative business paper II Sole 24 Ore: » more


Main focus of Monday, 23. July 2012

Lenders crank up pressure on Greece

In the run-up to the troika visit on Tuesday the media are fuelling speculation about Greece's bankruptcy and euro exit. The IMF is allegedly planning ... » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Monday, 23. July 2012

Germany should stop beating about the bush

Following a report in the German magazine Spiegel about the IMF stopping its payments and the pessimistic comments on the Greek reform programme made by Germany's Economics Minister Philipp Rösler in a televised interview, the conservative business paper Naftemporiki calls for Germany to adopt a clear stance on whether Greece should leave the Eurozone: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 23. July 2012

Berlin digs the grave of the monetary union

In a TV interview the German Vice Chancellor and Minister for the Economy Philipp Rösler explained there would be no more financial aid to Greece if it did not fulfill its obligations. Rösler is putting Greece out of its misery, according to the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


Bild - Germany | Monday, 23. July 2012

IMF pulls emergency brake at last

The German news magazine Der Spiegel reports today that senior IMF officials are calling for an end to IMF financial aid to Greece; the German Minister for Economics Philipp Rösler said in a TV interview Sunday that the threat of Greece leaving the Eurozone lost its sting long ago. The tabloid Bild is blowing the same horn: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 23. July 2012

Lenders must draw the line

The time has come for international lenders to stop their payments to Greece, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes, commenting on a report in Germany's Spiegel magazine which explains that the IMF should discontinue its assistance to Greece: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Friday, 20. July 2012

Sovereignty no joking matter for Greeks

The 100 year agreement with which the island of Ikaria in the North Aegean obtained its independence from the Ottoman Empire and joined Greece in 1912 expired on Tuesday. The Italian daily Libero used the occasion to publish a humorous piece on Monday according to which the islanders are now considering leaving Greece and joining Austria. The daily Kathimerini is surprised at the violent reactions the article sparked in Athens: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Wednesday, 18. July 2012

Privatisation won't help Greece

The Greek government wants to accelerate privatisation to raise state revenues. The troika estimated 50 billion euros in revenues from privatisations in 2011, while a current report by the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund puts the amount to be expected at just 7 billion euros. The conservative daily Kathimerini asks whether Greece should bother privatising at all: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Friday, 13. July 2012

Racist violence out of control in Greece

Attacks by neo-Nazi bands occur almost on a daily basis in Greece, but the culprits are hardly ever prosecuted. According to a report by Human Rights Watch put out on Tuesday, the authorities tend to ignore the incidents or even advise victims not to press charges. The conservative daily Kathimerini warns of the consequences: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Tuesday, 10. July 2012

Greece doesn't need cowardly politicians

The Greek Labour Minister Nikos Nikolopoulos stood down on Monday in "resignation" over the talks on the country's austerity package, becoming the third member the new government has lost in the three weeks since it took office. The left-liberal online paper To Vima criticises Nikolopoulos's decision and warns the remaining members of government: » more


Ependytis - Greece | Sunday, 8. July 2012

Troika must recognise Greeks' suffering

The suicide rate in Greece has risen dramatically. According to the Greek emergency services, in the Athens area alone there were 350 attempted suicides in June, with 50 deaths. These statistics revealing the level of people's desperation must be taken into account when implementing the harsh austerity programme, warns the business paper Ependytis: » more


Avgi - Greece | Wednesday, 4. July 2012

Greece's creditors just hunting for bargains

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras plans to begin with the privatisation of state-owned enterprises this summer, as he stressed in a letter to the participants of last week's EU summit. The leftist daily Avgi warns about the exploitation of state assets: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 3. July 2012

Greece is a failed state

The EU task force that is meant to help Greece implement the reforms prescribed by the troika on Tuesday called on Athens to pay outstanding bills amounting to several billion euros. The government won't be able to wring the money required to do this out of its citizens, the conservative daily Kathimerini predicts: » more


The Economist - United Kingdom | Thursday, 28. June 2012

Albrecht Ritschl on the lack of a Marshall Plan for Greece

The German economists Hans-Werner Sinn of Munich's Ifo Institute for Economic Research and Albrecht Ritschl of the London School of Economics have been discussing for two weeks now to what extent the German-backed bailouts for Greece can be compared with the Marshall Plan implemented after World War II. Without a drastic waiving of debts Germany's successful model would hardly have been possible, Albrecht Ritschl explains in the Free Exchange blog of the liberal business magazine The Economist: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Monday, 25. June 2012

New government in Greece feeble

The new Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his finance minister Vasilios Rapanos won't be taking part in the EU summit at the end of the week. Samaras can't travel to Brussels because of an eye operation while Rapanos is still recovering after a fainting attack a few days ago. The left-liberal online paper To Vima doubts that Greece's new government is up to the challenges it faces: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Friday, 22. June 2012

Greek finance minister as bearer of hope

Vassilis Rapanos will join the new Greek government as minister of finance. He was previously director of the National Bank of Greece and fought against the country's military dictatorship (1967-74). The business paper Naftemporiki places high hopes in Rapanos: » more


Main focus of Thursday, 21. June 2012

Athens has new government

Three days after the parliamentary elections in Greece the conservative Nea Dimokratia party, the socialist Pasok and the leftist party Dimar have agreed on a ... » more


Simerini - Cyprus | Wednesday, 20. June 2012

Greece downgraded to guinea pig status

Following the victory of the pro-austerity parties in the Greek parliamentary elections German government representatives have expressed contradicting views on what should be done with the austerity requirements. The conservative daily Simerini criticises this lack of a unified stance: » more


Imerisia - Greece | Wednesday, 20. June 2012

New coalition needs more realism

Greece's new government can only succeed if it acts with determination, the left-liberal business paper Imerisia writes: » more


tagesschau.de - Germany | Wednesday, 20. June 2012

Samaras must eschew intrigues

The speed with which a new government was formed in Greece is seen as a good sign by the news portal tagesschau.de. It hopes the new Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is up to the task: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 20. June 2012

Greece's new government under pressure to act

In crisis-ridden Greece, the conservative Nea Dimokratia (ND) party, the socialist Pasok party and the Democratic Left (Dimar) plan to form a government this Wednesday. The parties must succeed, writes the left-liberal online paper To Vima: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Greece poised to form government

Following the parliamentary elections in Greece the conservative Nea Dimokratia party and the socialist Pasok plan to form a government today, Tuesday. Both support the ... » more


Népszava - Hungary | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Merkel's must give up austerity dictate

After the elections in Greece German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be forced to soften her stance on the EU's austerity requirements whether she likes it or not, writes the leftist daily Népszava: » more


Protagon.gr - Greece | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Athens given very last chance

Politicians all over the world are expressing relief at the outcome of the election in Greece and warning that the reforms should continue. The news portal Protagon finds this ominous: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Europe's threats decide election outcome

The victory of the conservative Nea Dimokratia in the Greek parliamentary elections is the result of the pressure and threats from Europe, the left-liberal daily Delo concludes: » more


Blog Arrastão - Portugal | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Tsipras scare will have lasting impact

Even if the left-wing alliance Syriza hasn't managed the leap into government in the Greek elections the success of party leader Alexis Tsipras will influence European politics, writes Daniel Oliveira in his blog Arrastão, noting that Tsipras achieved "a major feat: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 18. June 2012

Samaras government menaced by instability

The conservative Nea Dimokratia (ND) has emerged as the strongest party from the parliamentary election. But a government led by party leader Antonis Samaras might not last for long, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung surmises: » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Monday, 18. June 2012

Turbulent Greece needs calm

The elections in Greece have exposed the divisions within the country, writes the left-liberal daily De Morgen: » more


La Vanguardia - Spain | Monday, 18. June 2012

Glimmer of hope for Greece

The generous aid for Spain's banks and the influence of the French Socialists on European policy have had a positive impact on the election outcome in Greece, observes the liberal daily La Vanguardia: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Monday, 18. June 2012

Greeks won't give up their Europe

The desire of the Greeks to remain part of Europe was decisive in the parliamentary election, explains the left-liberal online paper To Vima: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 18. June 2012

No sign of solution to the crisis

After the parliamentary elections in Greece nothing points to a governing coalition led by Nea Dimokratia being able to lead the country out of the crisis, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes: » more


Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Friday, 15. June 2012

EU like an excited anthill

Europe is awaiting the parliamentary election in Greece on Sunday, which is widely perceived as vote on whether the country should stay in the Eurozone, with bated breath. But instead of putting together a clear crisis strategy the EU is drifting into a state of total disorientation, the daily Diário de Notícias criticises: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 13. June 2012

Panic leads to fatal capital flight

According to media reports the Greeks have been withdrawing between 100 and 500 million euros a day from their bank accounts.The left-liberal daily To Vima warns people not to succumb to panic: » more


Upsala Nya Tidning - Sweden | Thursday, 14. June 2012

Chaos is inevitable

In the run-up to the elections in Greece on Sunday the liberal daily Upsala Nya Tidning expresses concern about the state of the country and fears that it will slide into anarchy whatever the outcome of the vote: » more


Voxpublica - Romania | Thursday, 14. June 2012

Election will tell if Greece remains in Eurozone

The parliamentary elections in Greece will decide whether the country remains in the Eurozone or not, writes the blog portal Voxpublica: » more


Blog Ignacio Escolar - Spain | Tuesday, 12. June 2012

Emergency plan points to Athens exiting euro

News agency Reuters reported on Monday that the EU is working out an emergency plan for the event that Greek exits the Eurozone. Ignacio Escoal analyses two different interpretations of this news in his blog: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 7. June 2012

A blow to Greece's democracy

During a political talk show on Thursday Ilias Kasidiaris, the leader of the neo-Nazi party Chrysi Avgi, attacked Liana Kanelli, a member of the Communist Party, slapping her twice and punching her. This was a blow to democracy itself, the left-liberal online paper To Vima comments, shocked, and warns of the threat of civil war: » more


Blog Giannis Albanis - Greece | Tuesday, 5. June 2012

Giannis Albanis on a country without medication

The crisis in Greece is affecting the country's healthcare system. Many pharmacies are only selling medications for cash. As of this Wednesday cancer patients who cannot afford to pay cash in advance are to receive their medication once again. Blogger Giannis Albanis is amazed at the third-world conditions in his country and mourns the lost Europe of his parents' generation: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Tuesday, 5. June 2012

Athens needs alternatives to austerity

With the 17 June elections in mind, politicians in Greece are increasingly evoking the possibility of renegotiating the tough austerity measures with creditors. The conservative business paper Naftemporiki writes that Athens can't reject the austerity package without making a counter-proposal: » more


Le Monde - France | Friday, 25. May 2012

Athens must exit even if euro dies

The EU heads of state and government clearly want to keep Greece in the Eurozone. But the country's exit is the most reasonable long-term solution ... » more


Protagon.gr - Greece | Thursday, 24. May 2012

Greek bank run like in the war

Greece has seen capital flight soar since the May 6 election. Within a few days around 700 million euros were reportedly withdrawn from banks. News portal Protagon fears that the money will never return: » more


Welt am Sonntag - Germany | Sunday, 20. May 2012

Berthold Seewald on Greece's special treatment for historical reasons

The Greeks are receiving preferential treatment in Europe simply because 2,500 years ago they invented democracy and the Olympic Games, columnist Berthold Seewald complains in the conservative weekly Welt am Sonntag: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 16. May 2012

Compromise the only solution

With an eye to the new elections in June, Greece's politicians and the troika must be willing to make concessions, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 16. May 2012

Syriza must be honest with voters

According to the polls the left-wing alliance Syriza led by Alexis Tsipras could emerge as the strongest force from the elections. But Syriza's slogans are unrealistic and change nothing as regards the necessary course of consolidation, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Wednesday, 16. May 2012

Like a referendum on staying in the Eurozone

The voters should see the new elections as a referendum on whether Greece should stay in the Eurozone, writes the conservative business paper Naftemporiki: » more


Duma - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 16. May 2012

New elections better than government of experts

The news that there will be no formation of a government of experts in Greece is a welcome development in the eyes of the socialist daily Duma: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Tuesday, 15. May 2012

Greece's radical Left gambling with high stakes

Greek President Karolos Papoulias has proposed the formation of a government of experts as a solution to the government crisis in his country. He plans to meet all the party leaders today - with the exception of the leader of the fascists - to discuss this possibility. If the talks fail new elections on June 10 or 17 would likely be inevitable. This is precisely what the boss of the leftist alliance Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, is hoping for, writes the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 14. May 2012

Europe's pressure on Greece dangerous

Greece's President Karolos Papoulias was unable to get the parties to agree on forming a government on Sunday. This makes fresh elections from which the leftist coalition Syriza under Alexis Tsipras could emerge the strongest force all the more likely. Even if it means running the risk of political uncertainty, Europe's leaders should not put Greece under pressure, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Sunday, 13. May 2012

Euro exit would be fatal for Greece

As Greece still struggles to form a new government the calls for the country's exit from the Eurozone are growing louder. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said that the Eurozone is more resilient now than two years ago and could survive Greece's exit if necessary. The left-liberal online paper To Vima voices deep concern at this latest development: » more


The Economist - United Kingdom | Friday, 11. May 2012

Exit soon inevitable

A Greek exit from the Eurozone entails opportunities and risks, both for Greece and for the rest of the euro countries, the liberal weekly magazine The Economist writes: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Friday, 11. May 2012

Euro exit tough for Europe

The impact of Greece exiting the Eurozone would be virtually immeasurable and could ultimately affect taxpayers, warns the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more


Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 10. May 2012

Hold the course at all costs

Europe's policy with regard to Greece must not change even in the wake of the parliamentary elections, writes the conservative daily Le Figaro, because allowing Greece to exit the Eurozone would be fraught with risk: » more


Le Monde - France | Thursday, 10. May 2012

Extremist voters perplex Europe's big parties

The elections in France and Greece have shown that extremist parties are gaining ever more ground, something the traditional major parties have no answer to, the left-liberal daily Le Monde comments: » more


Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Thursday, 10. May 2012

Euro Group must get rid of Greek parasite

The Eurozone should not transfer more money to Greece while calling for reforms but simply exclude the country from the monetary union, writes the business paper Hospodárske noviny: » more


Kouti tis Pandoras - Greece | Wednesday, 9. May 2012

Who's afraid of left-wing spectres

According to the most recent surveys the leftist alliance Syriza would emerge the strongest party from fresh elections. On the web portal To Kouti tis Pandoras, blogger Kostas Vaxevanis says he can't understand why people are so afraid of a left-wing government in Greece: » more


ABC - Spain | Wednesday, 9. May 2012

Prepare orderly exit from Eurozone

The election outcome in Greece may make the country's exit from the Euro-Zone inevitable, the conservative daily ABC writes, warning that such an event should be prepared with utmost care: » more


Blog euinside - Bulgaria | Tuesday, 8. May 2012

Time is running out

Greece has no time to lose now because its creditors are at the end of their tether, warns the web portal euinside: » more


Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Wednesday, 9. May 2012

ND and Pasok should disband

The Greek traditional parties Nea Dimokratia and Pasok should disband as quickly as possible, writes the Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten, because they are to blame "for the fact that the state is rotten to the core and has been stripped bare of all its assets. ... Nea Dimokratia and Pasok lack both credibility and political morals. They are incapable of motivating society to make a fresh start. Reform and change are foreign concepts to them. Yet that would be the first, crucial step: » more


Blog Spiegelfechter - Germany | Wednesday, 9. May 2012

Media little more than mouthpiece of financial markets

Mirroring the reaction of the financial lobby, numerous German media have registered concern at the election results in Greece and France, writes Jens Berger in his blog Der Spiegelfechter: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Wednesday, 9. May 2012

Left-wing government should be put to test

Greece should test what it's like to have a left-wing government because only then will it understand what this actually means, writes the conservative daily Kathimerini: » more


Público - Portugal | Tuesday, 8. May 2012

Greece becomes test balloon

The elections in Greece are more important for Europe than those in France because they show whether democracy functions in times of crisis, writes the liberal daily Público: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Tuesday, 8. May 2012

Hollande now at the negotiating table

Greece is in a state of anticipation, writes the left-liberal online paper To Vima, because once Hollande has taken office the configuration at the bargaining table will change: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 8. May 2012

Austerity or chaos

Greece runs the risk of chaos and a forced exit from the Eurozone should it decide against the austerity plan in the aftermath of Sunday's elections, fears the liberal daily Financial Times: » more


Le Soir - Belgium | Tuesday, 8. May 2012

Athens needs Hollande

After the failed attempt to form a government in Greece, France's future president François Hollande must make his move, writes the left-liberal daily Le Soir: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 8. May 2012

Election results cause standstill

The consequences of the Greek elections will be dire, fears the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: » more


Kurier - Austria | Monday, 7. May 2012

Radical no won't help Greece

In the Greek elections the proponents of the austerity programme appear to have fallen short of a majority in parliament. But punishing the two parties Nea Dimokratia and Pasok for their belt-tightening measures and switching allegiance to the radical parties is no solution, writes the left-liberal daily Kurier: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Monday, 7. May 2012

Greek parties must prove themselves

The winner of the elections in Greece is the left-wing alliance Syriza, which according to estimates will be the second-strongest faction in the parliament. Syriza doesn't want the country to repay its debts but wants it to remain in the monetary union. For their part the supporters of the austerity programme have narrowly missed a parliamentary majority. The conservative business paper Naftemporiki urges the parties to focus on forming a viable government: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Friday, 4. May 2012

False campaign promises in Greece

Among other things the early parliamentary elections in Greece on Sunday will decide whether or not the harsh austerity programme imposed on the country by its creditors will be continued. The left-liberal online newspaper To Vima criticises the fact that the parties are either touting the austerity policy as a panacea or pushing for it to be renounced: » more


Naftemporiki - Greece | Wednesday, 18. April 2012

Athens' creditors don't want change

According to recent surveys, the Greek parliamentary elections on May 6 will bring major changes in the political scene because smaller parties will win more votes. But Greece's creditors want the big parties to continue in government, the conservative business paper Naftemporiki points out: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 12. April 2012

Greeks must bring parties to their senses

Early parliamentary elections will be held on May 6 in Greece, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos announced on Wednesday. These elections are really the last thing the country needs but precisely because of the crisis they are vital, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


Ethnos - Greece | Sunday, 1. April 2012

Fascists threaten Greek democracy

According to opinion polls the fascist Chrysi Avgi party could obtain almost five percent of the vote in the Greek parliamentary elections anticipated for May, enabling it to make the leap into parliament. The left-liberal daily To Ethnos sounds the alarm in its Sunday edition: » more


 

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