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Is Syriza a threat to the Eurozone?


The Greeks will elect a new parliament at the end of January. The left-wing alliance Syriza, which rejects the troika's austerity dictates, is ahead in the polls. Will Greece destabilise the monetary union again?



Main focus of Tuesday, 27. January 2015

Syriza forms coalition with right-wing party

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as new Greek prime minister on Monday, just 21 hours after the voting booths closed, to lead a ... » more


Main focus of Monday, 26. January 2015

Syriza wins in Greece

The left-wing coalition Syriza has emerged as the clear winner of the elections in Greece but appears to have fallen short of an absolute majority. ... » more


Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Monday, 26. January 2015

An end to austerity in Europe

Alexis Tsipras's election victory in Greece spells the end of the austerity policy, the state-owned liberal daily Wiener Zeitung believes: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Sunday, 25. January 2015

Syriza will drag Greece backwards

It would be absolute madness if Syriza really did implement its election programme, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter comments, with little hope that a coalition partner can have a moderating effect: » more


Die Welt - Germany | Monday, 26. January 2015

Tsipras will tell uncomfortable truths

Out of pure necessity election winner Alexis Tsipras will be the leader who pushes through unpleasant reforms in Greece, the conservative daily Die Welt suspects: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Sunday, 25. January 2015

A new era for Greece

Alexis Tsipras will revolutionise Greek politics if he can reach an agreement with the troika, the left-liberal daily To Vima predicts: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Friday, 23. January 2015

Syriza victory would be start of Europe's demise

The latest polls indicate a clear victory for the left-wing Syriza party in the Greek parliamentary elections on Sunday. This outcome would be the start of a downwards trend for Europe, the liberal daily Jutarnji List warns: » more


Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 22. January 2015

Draghi and Tsipras help Europe out of crisis

If the ECB Governing Council decides to start buying government bonds and the left-wing coalition Syriza and its leader Alexis Tsipras win the Greek elections on Sunday the Eurozone could finally emerge from the crisis, the liberal weekly Die Zeit suspects: » more


Ethnos - Greece | Tuesday, 20. January 2015

Greek choice between realism or hell

Ahead of the Greek parliamentary elections on Sunday EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called on the country to fulfil its obligations vis-à-vis its international creditors and stick to its reform course. Athens should take these warnings seriously, the left-liberal daily To Ethnos advises: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Sunday, 11. January 2015

Greeks deserve same debt relief as Germans got

The left-wing Syriza alliance called last week for debt relief for Greece, arguing that the same was done for Germany in 1953. The plan makes sense economically and deserves Dublin's support, writes the left-liberal daily The Irish Times: » more


15min - Lithuania | Friday, 9. January 2015

Syriza the only true left-wing force in Europe

The popularity of Greece's left-wing party Syriza ahead of the parliamentary elections is spreading fear in the EU. Journalist Andrius Bielskis writes on web portal 15min that Syriza is being demonised: » more


Finanz und Wirtschaft - Switzerland | Tuesday, 6. January 2015

Greece shows shortsightedness of markets

For the third time in five years the situation in Greece is making the financial markets jittery. This shows how short-sighted they are, the liberal business paper Finanz und Wirtschaft writes: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 7. January 2015

Syriza right to break with austerity

While above all in Germany a debate is raging about the alleged dangers of a left-wing government in Greece, the left-liberal daily Der Standard hopes the election will bring a long overdue change of policy: » more



Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 6. January 2015

Forced euro exit must be possible

The EU must stop being indulgent with member states that are unwilling to introduce reforms, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes, calling for serious discussion on expelling countries from the euro system: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 6. January 2015

Real strategy lacking in economic policy

The economic crises of the recent years should have led to a clear course on the basic economic policy issues, the left-liberal daily Delo writes. But in view of the renewed debate over a Grexit the paper notes with disappointment that this hasn't been the case: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 6. January 2015

Grexit debate hindering ECB bond purchases

The debate over a Grexit calls the ECB's bond-buying programme into question and therefore poses a risk for all Europe, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica concludes: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 5. January 2015

Only debt haircut can save monetary union

Europe must finally admit that the high repayment obligations for crisis countries like Greece cannot be met and that only a debt write-down can help, the left-liberal daily The Guardian warns: » more


Ethnos - Greece | Monday, 5. January 2015

Voters can't trust Papandreou anymore

Former Greek prime minister Giorgos Papandreou founded a new party called the Movement of Democratic Socialists on Saturday. But it is unlikely to be successful in the upcoming election, the left-liberal daily To Ethnos predicts: » more


Večernji list - Croatia | Monday, 5. January 2015

ECB preventing panic over Greece

The financial markets have remained calm despite the renewed prospect of Greece exiting the Eurozone. The conservative daily Večernji List is not surprised: » more


Die Welt - Germany | Monday, 5. January 2015

Merkel's Grexit threat an avowal of failure

German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes the EU could cope with Greece's exit because the monetary union is better equipped for such scenarios today than it was in the past. The conservative daily Die Welt sees this is an admission that the bailout policy has failed: » more


Proto Thema - Greece | Sunday, 4. January 2015

Stop the Greek bomb from exploding

The Euro Group has put a precautionary 11-billion-euro credit line at Greece's disposal although the country is seeking to leave the international credit programmes. The liberal weekly Proto Thema fears the Greek state will run out of money in a matter of weeks: » more


Spiegel Online - Germany | Thursday, 1. January 2015

Don't interfere with Greek elections

Leading politicians of the left-wing Syriza party want to water down the austerity policy if they win the parliamentary elections. European politicians in turn threaten to exclude Greece from the Eurozone. But no one may deny Greece the right to a free election, columnist Jakob Augstein demands on news portal Spiegel Online: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Wednesday, 31. December 2014

Survival instinct could save Greece

Ultimately it's up to the Greeks to create stability in their country, the conservative daily Kathimerini writes: » more


El País - Spain | Friday, 2. January 2015

Greek politics destabilising the entire EU

The political crisis in Greece could quickly turn into a threat for the mainstays of the EU, former German foreign minister and Green politician Joschka Fischer warns in the left-liberal daily El País: » more


Newsweek Polska - Poland | Friday, 2. January 2015

Greek crisis scares Europe again

If after the early parliamentary elections on January 25 in Greece the left-wing Syriza party forms the government this could trigger the return of the crisis in the EU, news magazine Newsweek Polska fears: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Sunday, 28. December 2014

Dwindling solidarity in Europe

Greece won't be able to count on full support from abroad in the coming year if its crisis gets any worse, the conservative daily Kathimerini believes: » more


Avgi - Greece | Tuesday, 23. December 2014

Samaras wants presidential election at any cost

Shortly before the second round of the presidential election in Greece today, Tuesday, the Greek MP Pavlos Chaikalis has said he was offered 700,000 euros to vote for the candidate of the ruling coalition, Stavros Dimas. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is now pressing charges against the Chaikalis in retaliation. An inappropriate reaction, the left-leaning daily Avgi comments: » more


Proto Thema - Greece | Thursday, 18. December 2014

Samaras government living in a dream world

Greece's early presidential elections failed in their first round on Wednesday. The candidate of the governing coalition, former EU Commissioner Stavros Dimas, received just 160 of the 300 votes in parliament - falling far short of the required 200. For the liberal weekly paper Proto Thema it's clear the government no longer has sufficient backing: » more


Ta Nea - Greece | Tuesday, 16. December 2014

Political trench warfare endangers Greece

The first round of voting in Greece's presidential election takes place today, Wednesday. The left-liberal daily Ta Nea finds it incomprehensible that the parties are on a collision course ahead of the election and that Greece's central bank chief Giannis Stournaras waited until Monday before warning that Athens is virtually unable to raise any more funds on the capital markets: » more


Avgi - Greece | Sunday, 14. December 2014

Giannis Kibouropoulos on fears of the left gaining power

Greek Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis warned on Monday that Greece may exit the EU if the leftist alliance Syriza comes into power. In the left-leaning daily Avgi columnist Giannis Kibouropoulos criticises the politicians' and markets' fear of a left-wing government: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 10. December 2014

Samaras faces Europe with a vital question

The announcement by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras that he will move the presidential elections ahead from mid-February to mid-December has caused a crash on the Greek financial markets. Since the opposition left alliance Syriza wants to see the election fail, Athens also risks early parliamentary elections. Greece is facing Europe with a choice on its future, the liberal daily Il Sole 24 Ore believes: » more


Protagon.gr - Greece | Monday, 8. December 2014

Panicking hedge funds give Greece hope

If some hedge fund representatives are panicking at the prospect of the left-wing alliance Syriza winning the elections in Greece this can only be good for the country, the web portal Protagon writes: » more


Imerisia - Greece | Saturday, 6. December 2014

Only united can Greece escape the crisis

The parliament in Athens approved the 2015 budget on Sunday night. The government is calling it the first balanced budget in decades, while the troika reckons with a budget deficit of 2.5 billion euros. The business paper Imerisia calls on Greece's politicians to close ranks: » more


Avgi - Greece | Wednesday, 3. December 2014

Athens and the troika won't strike a deal

Contravening its original plans the troika will not return to Athens this week but continue its negotiations with the Greek government in a telephone conference instead. The left-leaning daily Avgi doubts that the discussions between Athens and the troika will produce any agreement: » more


Imerisia - Greece | Friday, 28. November 2014

Troika's blackmailing destabilises Greece

The negotiations between the Greek government and its international creditors ended on Wednesday without reaching an agreement. This means that the final instalment of the country's bailout won't be paid out yet. The troika is abusing its position of power, business paper Imerisia complains: » more


 

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