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Austerity driving Greece to despair

Even after receiving five bailout packages Greece is still facing bankruptcy. While its creditors are losing their patience, a growing number of Greeks are rebelling against the cuts. The press paints a dark picture of the future of the country.

Chronos - Greece | Monday, 9. September 2013

ERT journalists defy state despotism

Since the government in Athens resolved three months ago to close down the state broadcaster ERT, a group of former employees have been broadcasting a protest programme over the Internet. The journalist Marilena Katsimi takes stock of the past months in the online magazine Chronos and defends the occupation of the broadcaster's offices: » more

Kouti tis Pandoras - Greece | Thursday, 15. August 2013

Austerity drives Greeks to their deaths

A Greek youth was killed in Athens on Tuesday when he jumped from a bus to avoid being caught without a ticket. In the Greece of the austerity memoranda it was only a matter of time before such a tragedy occurred, the web portal To Kouti tis Pandoras writes: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 17. July 2013

Greeks protest against job cuts

Tens of thousands of Greeks once again brought much of public life to a complete standstill with a general strike on Tuesday. They are protesting ... » more

Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, 17. July 2013

This time Europe must stand firm

The Greek protests against job cuts in the public sector meet with little sympathy from the conservative daily Die Welt: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 16. July 2013

Protests hurt tourism industry

The new wave of protests in Greece could have a negative impact on the country's tourism industry, which is flourishing again, the conservative daily Kathimerini fears: » more

La Croix - France | Tuesday, 16. July 2013

Athens needs hope, not austerity

Greece cannot be subject to austerity dictates forever, the Catholic daily La Croix writes commenting on the general strike against job cuts in the public sector: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 13. June 2013

Greece up in arms at broadcaster shutdown

After the sudden closure of Greece's national broadcaster ERT the trade unions have called a 24-hour strike for today, Thursday. The government explained the close-down ... » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Thursday, 13. June 2013

Greeks must fight for democracy

Now that Prime Minister Samaras has overridden his coalition partners and closed the Greek public broadcaster, observers increasingly reckon with early elections. The Greeks must now decide whether they want democracy or not, the blogger Pitsirikos writes: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Thursday, 13. June 2013

A blow for democracy and press freedom

The sudden closure of the Greek public broadcaster ERT is a blow to democracy, Bruno Tersage, Greece correspondent for the Belgian TV station VRT, writes in the left-liberal daily De Morgen: » more

Libération - France | Thursday, 13. June 2013

Austerity policy also to blame

The austerity policy imposed by Europe bears partial responsibility for the demise of the Greek public broadcaster, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: » more

Público - Portugal | Thursday, 13. June 2013

Athens no longer worthy of Europe

Just shutting down the public broadcaster: » more

Eleftherotypia - Greece | Thursday, 25. April 2013

Greeks getting creative in the crisis

After three years of stringent austerity policy the Greeks have begun to develop creative strategies for facing the crisis, the left-liberal daily Eleftherotypia observes: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 12. March 2013

Greeks are ready to risk change

The Greeks have had enough of the crisis and are ready for a transformation, the conservative daily Kathimerini believes: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 13. March 2013

IMF has sacrificed Greece

The International Monetary Fund first turned the crisis state Greece into a guinea pig and then sacrificed it through its own negligence, Maria Negreponti-Delivanis, economics professor at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, writes in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 21. February 2013

Greeks want to rebuild rather than protest

With the first general strike since the start of the year, thousands of Greeks once again protested against cuts and layoffs on Wednesday. But not as many people took part as expected, the left-liberal online daily To Vima writes, reasoning that the Greeks are now beyond the protest phase: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 19. February 2013

Nikos Xidakis on a Greece lacking fresh blood and backbone

Since the beginning of the crisis a growing number of young Greeks are leaving the country because they see no future for themselves there. At the same time the middle class is becoming impoverished as a result of higher taxes and salary cuts. But what will the country do without its young people and its middle class, columnist Nikos Xydankis asks worriedly in the conservative daily Kathimerini: » more

Ta Nea - Greece | Monday, 18. February 2013

Greek violence scares off foreign investors

Presumably in protest against a mining project, several dozen unidentified persons launched an attack on Sunday against the Skouries site of the Hellenic Gold company in the Greek Halkidiki peninsula. Two security guards were threatened during the attack. The left-liberal daily Ta Nea fears that the escalating violence will scare away investors: » more

Ta Nea - Greece | Thursday, 7. February 2013

Greece sacrifices human rights

The Greek police have admitted that after a bank robbery on February 1, the four alleged culprits were beaten and that photos showing their wounded faces had been retouched. The former chairman of the National Commission for Human Rights, Kostis Papaioannou, writes in the left-liberal daily Ta Nea that democracy and human rights have been violated: » more - 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

To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 6. February 2013

Left fails to see Greece's needs

Seamen in Greece have been on strike for six days and the farmers have also protested with repeated street blockades against the government's stringent austerity policy. These forms of protest are no longer in keeping with the times and are being orchestrated by the left-wing opposition, the left-liberal online paper To Vima criticises: » more

Eleftheros Typos - Greece | Monday, 28. January 2013

Greeks must shift focus to exports

The volume of Greece's exports increased by 2 billion euros year on year in 2012 to reach a total of 24 billion euros, according to an estimate by the Association of Greek Exporters. This means exports account for 12.6 percent of the country's gross domestic product. The conservative daily Eleftheros Typos calls on businesses to focus more on exports: » more

Imerisia - Greece | Thursday, 24. January 2013

Greece sees light at the end of the tunnel

The director of the Institute of International Finance, Charles Dallara, said on Tuesday that Greece could potentially return to the markets as soon as 2014. The business paper Imerisia also sees several indications that the economic climate is improving in Greece: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Thursday, 24. January 2013

Greece must unite to fight terrorism

A series of attacks has rocked the Greek capital in the last few days. Among other things shots were fired at the headquarters of the ruling Nea Demokratia party and a bomb exploded in a shopping mall. The conservative daily Kathimerini warns against a country torn by conflict: » more - Greece | Friday, 18. January 2013

Greece tolerates xenophobia

An immigrant from Pakistan was stabbed to death in Athens on Thursday. Following the arrest of two Greeks suspected of committing the crime pamphlets of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party were discovered in the home of one of them. The website Protagon describes how the Greek state and society tolerate xenophobia: » more

Ta Nea - Greece | Wednesday, 9. January 2013

Smog over Athens symbolises disaster

After the Greek government raised the tax on heating oil, many Greeks started heating their homes with wood this winter. Athens' Medical Association has already warned of the consequences of firewood smog. Kostis Papaioannou, member of the National Commission for Human Rights, complains in the left-liberal daily Ta Nea of the backwardness that has Greece firmly in its grip: » more

Tvxs - Greece | Tuesday, 8. January 2013

Ioannis Germanos criticises Greeks for tolerating illegality

In the affair over the so-called Lagarde list, along with more than 2,000 Greek tax evaders, both the former finance minister Giorgos Papakonstantinou and his successor Evangelos Venizelos are coming under fire. In previous statements Papakonstantinou maintained he had lost the original copy of the list. Columnist Ioannis Germanos condemns the attitudes of Greek society to illegality on the web portal » 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

Imerisia - Greece | Thursday, 27. December 2012

A spark of optimism in Greece

Despite all the predictions that Greece would leave the Eurozone in 2012, the country has managed to stay alive, the left-liberal business paper Imerisia writes. ... » more

Naftemporiki - Greece | Thursday, 20. December 2012

Greeks shouldn't rejoice too soon

The US rating agency Standard & Poor's raised Greece's credit rating by 6 levels on Tuesday to B-, which corresponds to a speculative investment. For the conservative daily Naftemporiki it's too early to rejoice because the reality is far gloomier: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Sunday, 16. December 2012

Maria Katsounaki on the Greeks' shattered dreams of home ownership

The Greeks live in bigger houses than most of their European neighbours, the conservative daily Kathimerini notes pointing to a study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Averaging 126 square metres, Greek homes are the fifth-largest in the world and the second-largest in Europe. Now the empty houses stand as a reminder of the futile struggle for material wealth, writes columnist Maria Katsounaki: » more

Naftemporiki - Greece | Friday, 14. December 2012

Greece's real economy left empty-handed

After months of negotiations the Eurozone finance ministers on Thursday gave their definitive approval for the paying out of new loans to Greece. The first instalment, due for December, amounts to approximately 34 billion euros. The conservative daily Naftemporiki doubts that this money will help Greece's real economy: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Tuesday, 11. December 2012

Sunday opening times would help Greek trade

The Greek government on Monday announced laxer laws on store closing times. Shops with a selling area of up to 250 square metres are now generally allowed to stay open on Sundays, while larger stores can open on seven Sundays in the year. The left-liberal online newspaper To Vima calls for complete liberalisation of the regulations: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Sunday, 9. December 2012

Maria Katsounaki on Greek Christmas without presents

According to figures published by the Greek trade union association's labour institute (INE) the purchasing power of the Greeks has gone down by 50 percent this year. What will Christmas, which has increasingly been defined by consumption in recent years, be like for them this year? columnist Maria Katsounaki asks in the conservative daily Kathimerini: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 6. December 2012

False corruption report for Greece

In no other EU country is corruption as widespread as it is in Greece, according to Transparency International Corruption Perception Index published on Wednesday. But this is based on the citizens' subjective assessment of the situation and therefore says nothing about the reality in Greece, the left-liberal online daily To Vima complains: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Tuesday, 4. December 2012

Greek socialists have had their day

Andreas Loverdos, a former Greek health minister and previously a member of the socialist Pasok Party, on Monday founded the new political movement Rikssy. The left-liberal online paper To Vima writes that the new party has nothing to offer the people because the aims of its politicians ignore the needs of Greek society: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Monday, 3. December 2012

Greek bailout just a sham

Greece won't stick to its austerity plans, the left-liberal daily Irish Independent writes with conviction, now that the country is receiving another cash injection of almost 44 billion euros: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Thursday, 29. November 2012

Help doesn't boost Greeks' confidence

The IMF stressed on Thursday that it would not disburse Greece's next bailout tranche until the country completes a voluntary buyback of its bonds. It is presumed this will have taken place by December 13. In Greece, great fears about what the future holds continue to predominate, the conservative daily Kathimerini laments: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 29. November 2012

Kostas Vaxevanis on the hypocrisy of the Greek elites

Kostas Vaxevanis, editor in chief of the Greek weekly magazine Hot Doc, was arrested at the end of October for publishing a list with the ... » 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

To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

Fear remains in Greece

The left-liberal online paper To Vima fears the consequences of implementing the austerity policy agreed with the creditors: » 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

Main focus of Tuesday, 27. November 2012

Greece to get money again

After weeks of negotiations Greece is to receive money from its creditors once more. The Eurozone finance ministers, the ECB and the IMF on Tuesday ... » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 27. November 2012

Only a debt writedown will really do the job

Without a second debt haircut for Greece, the plan for reducing the country's debt won't be worth much, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore notes: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 27. November 2012

100-year loans would help

The proposed solutions for reducing Greece's debt are too conventional, and dishonest to boot, the liberal state-owned daily Wiener Zeitung writes, arguing for extremely long credit periods instead: » more - Greece | Tuesday, 27. November 2012

Greece breathes sigh of relief

After an agreement has been reached between the Eurozone finance ministers, the ECB and the IMF, the web portal Protagon expresses relief: » more

Ta Nea - Greece | Thursday, 22. November 2012

Orthodox Church must oppose neo-Nazis

Several metropolitans of the Greek Orthodox Church have publicly declared their support for the neo-fascist party Golden Dawn. In the left-liberal daily Ta Nea, Kostis Papaioannou, a member of the Greek Commission for Human and Civil Rights, calls on the Church's leadership to take a clear stance against right-wing extremism: » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 22. November 2012

Euro Group meetings pointless without haircut

The finance ministers of the Eurozone again failed to reach an agreement on paying out the next instalment of the bailout for Greece on Tuesday, postponing further discussion until next Monday. But these meetings are pointless as long as there is no consensus on a debt restructuring, the left-liberal daily El País warns: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 21. November 2012

Athens must prepare to act on its own

In the negotiations over the payment of further financial aid for Greece, the Eurozone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund failed to reach a consensus on Tuesday, meaning Athens must continue to wait for the payment of the next instalment. The left-liberal online paper To Vima considers the possibility of Athens having to save itself: » more

Naftemporiki - Greece | Tuesday, 20. November 2012

Greece should keep companies at home

Some of the largest Greek firms, such as Coca-Cola Hellenic and the dairy chain FAGE, are moving their headquarters out of the country. The government must take urgent action to reverse this trend by fighting corruption in Greece's administrative structures, the conservative business paper Naftemporiki warns: » 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

La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 14. November 2012

The fight against the crazy debt reduction

The coordinated strike is an important declaration of solidarity in these times of ruthless austerity, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica applauds: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 13. November 2012

Europe's workers unite

At least the social plight is causing the employees in the European debtor states to join forces for a united cause, the conservative daily Kathimerini comments approvingly: » more - Spain | Wednesday, 14. November 2012

The first pan-European strike

This is the first pan-European strike, writes Ignacio Fernández Toxo, the president of Spain's largest trade union CCOO, on the online newspaper's blog Zona Crítica: » 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

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

Eleftheros Typos - Greece | Monday, 12. November 2012

The fine art of protest in Portugal

Austerity protesters draped black mourning sashes over Lisbon's monuments during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, while an online campaign called on the Portuguese to wear black for the duration of her visit and a hundred intellectuals declared Merkel persona non grata. The conservative daily Eleftheros Typos expresses admiration for Portugal's protest culture: » 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

To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 7. November 2012

Obama can stop Europe from becoming German colony

Germany is not so happy about Obama's win, the online paper To Vima claims, hoping that the new-old president will prevent Europe from being turned into a German colony: » 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

Ependytis - Greece | Sunday, 4. November 2012

Giannis Kibouropoulos on large-scale theft in Greece

The Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis was acquitted on Thursday. He had been arrested and put on trial after Hot Doc, the tabloid magazine he edits, published a list of alleged Greek tax evaders. According to columnist Giannis Kibouropoulos in the weekly Ependitis, one could compile many more lists of those to blame for Greece's plight: » more

Tvxs - Greece | Thursday, 1. November 2012

Comfy journalists don't care about press freedom

Greece's journalist went on strike on Wednesday in protest at government plans to merge their financially stable health insurance scheme with the government scheme, which is running a huge deficit. The website TVXS voices surprise that the journalists staged no protests against the persecution of their colleague Kostas Vaxevanis or the suspension of two journalists by the state television broadcaster: » 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

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 1. November 2012

Leaders of Greek coalition parties cowards

Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis, the leaders of the Greek government's two left-wing coalition partners, failed to take part in a parliamentary vote on the privatisation of state-owned companies which ended with the plan being approved by a slim majority on Wednesday. The online newspaper To Vima is incensed: » 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

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

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

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

Standart - Bulgaria | Sunday, 28. October 2012

Wonder icon to find jobs for Bulgarians

A new icon is to help Bulgarian jobseekers find work. The miracle-working image of the Mother of God, which was brought to Sofia on Sunday from the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos in Greece, has already helped many believers find a job, according to the Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow. If this is true the icon will have her work cut our for her in Bulgaria, with its twelve-percent unemployment, the daily Standart jokes: » 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

Kaleva - Finland | Monday, 29. October 2012

True Finns lack plan for local politics

The right-wing populist True Finns party more than doubled its previous score in the local elections on Sunday, receiving 12.3 percent of the vote. But its campaign focused mainly on topics beyond the realm of local issues, the liberal daily Kaleva criticises: » more

Expansión - Spain | Monday, 29. October 2012

A good interim appraisal for ECB chief Draghi

Mario Draghi has been head of the European Central Bank since 1 November 2011. The conservative business paper Expansión is very enthusiastic about his performance during his first year in office: » 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

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 25. October 2012

Europe's politicians sugarcoat debt burden

According to Eurostat figures released on Wednesday, the debt burden has risen in comparison to economic performance in most EU countries. Europe's politicians should react to the facts instead of trying to sugarcoat them, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung demands: » 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 - 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

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 23. October 2012

Brexit would be a catastrophe

The conflict between Germany and the UK over the EU budget is coming to a head. According to a report by the Financial Times Deutschland, Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering having the budget summit planned for November called off if Prime Minister David Cameron holds to his veto against a raise. The conservative daily Lidové noviny fears the British may react out of spite: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Friday, 19. October 2012

EU makes democracy a scapegoat

The calls for the introduction of an authority with the right to veto the national budgets of Eurozone countries is based on the false assumption that the current economic and financial crisis was caused by the irresponsible fiscal behaviour of certain countries, the left-liberal daily Le Soir writes: » 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 - 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 | Sunday, 14. October 2012

Greek apathetic to violence

According to a report in The Guardian, 15 Greek anti-Nazi demonstrators claim to have been mistreated in prison. They say police hit them, filmed then naked and burnt their skin. The conservative daily Kathimerini complains about how little interest Greek society is showing in the case: » more

România Liberâ - Romania | Monday, 15. October 2012

Europe needs wake-up call, not prize

The Nobel Committee's decision is a disappointment for Romanian historian Ovidiu Pecican. In the daily România Liberă he explains why: » more

Sydsvenskan - Sweden | Friday, 12. October 2012

Europe's most difficult patient

IMF chief Lagarde's proposal to give Greece more time won't solve the dilemma the EU currently faces, the liberal daily Sydsvenskan laments: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Thursday, 11. October 2012

The IMF also has no ready-made solution

With her demand for the crisis countries to be given more time, IMF head Christine Lagarde is only trying to conceal the institution's perplexity, the news portal of German radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk suspects: » 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

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 10. October 2012

Merkel gambles and wins

Angela Merkel has shown courage and sent the right signals, the liberal business paper Financial Times writes: » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

See you later Mrs Merkel

Merkel's visit to Athens has no significance for the Greeks and can do nothing to help save the country, blogger Pitsirikos writes: » 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


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