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Athens buying time

Greece's government presents new reform plans and in exchange the Eurozone's finance ministers approve an extension of the bailout programme for the country, which is facing bankruptcy. Has Athens won the tug of war over new financial aid?

Main focus of Wednesday, 10. June 2015

Crisis meeting in Greece conflict

In the conflict over Athens' debts Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande will meet for discussions today ... » more

Naftemporiki - Greece | Wednesday, 27. May 2015

Europe not just about the powerful

Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis repeated on Monday that the international lenders' insistence on the principle of austerity constitutes the major obstacle to an agreement between Athens and its creditors. The conservative daily Naftemporiki also calls for a more accommodating stance: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Monday, 18. May 2015

Greece's creditors must relent now

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announced in an interview on Monday that Greece is on the verge of reaching an agreement with its creditors. The creditors need to finally grasp how serious the situation in Greece is, the left-liberal daily Ethnos writes: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Sunday, 22. March 2015

Tsipras must say goodbye to his delusions

Alexis Tsipras's visit to Merkel is the Greek government's last chance to get back in touch with the harsh reality of the situation, the conservative daily Kathimerini writes: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Monday, 23. March 2015

Berlin and Athens must dare to show more empathy

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time today to discuss his party's reform agenda. Political results are not to be expected but both sides should finally adopt a more gentle tone, the left-leaning daily taz demands: » more

Main focus of Friday, 20. March 2015

Athens under time pressure

After meeting with top EU representatives on Thursday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has committed himself to introducing concrete reform measures in the coming days. ... » more

Capital - Greece | Tuesday, 17. March 2015

Tsipras gets a last chance with Merkel

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel next Monday in Berlin. This will be his last chance to reach a negotiated solution in the debt dispute, the liberal business portal Capital predicts: » more

Main focus of Monday, 16. March 2015

Grexit discussion once more on the table

The Greek government on Sunday denied media reports that the country could be insolvent as early as the end of the month. EU Council President ... » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 11. March 2015

Varoufakis in negotiations with troika

The negotiations between Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and the country's three main creditors on the terms for further bailout loans start this Wednesday in ... » more

Avgi - Greece | Wednesday, 11. March 2015

Schäuble talks like an arrogant schoolmaster

After the meeting of the Euro Group, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told journalists that he had accused Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis of being foolishly naive vis-à-vis the media. The left-leaning pro-government daily Avgi finds Schäuble's tone unbearable: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 11. March 2015

Varoufakis is not the one who's talking rubbish

Greece is being asked to do the impossible when it comes to reforms, the left-leaning daily taz writes in dismay: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 11. March 2015

Athens in the dark about its own finances

So far the performance of the government in Athens has been amateurish, the left-liberal daily Der Standard concludes: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Tuesday, 10. March 2015

Finance minister gives too many interviews

Many Greeks had great hopes when Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis took office. But after six weeks a sense of disappointment is spreading, the liberal business daily Jornal de Negócios comments: » more

Naftemporiki - Greece | Monday, 9. March 2015

Even new elections can't save Athens

The Greek finance minister threatened in an interview on Sunday that he would hold a referendum and new elections if the Euro Group rejects the reform plans. But that would only leave Athens even more isolated, the conservative daily Naftemporiki warns: » more

Criticatac - Romania | Monday, 9. March 2015

Grexit would do Greece good

Instead of following the same policy it demonstrated in negotiating the agreement on bailout payments, Athens would do better to exit the Eurozone, the left-leaning blog Criticatac recommends: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 5. March 2015

Is Athens provoking a "Graccident"?

Despite the agreement with its creditors, the Greek government has questioned the repayment of government bonds and once again tabled the option of a debt ... » more

Proto Thema - Greece | Thursday, 5. March 2015

Be careful to avoid a "Graccident"

Europe must avoid developments that could lead to a "Graccident" - Greece exiting the Eurozone for unpredictable political reasons -, journalist Vasilis Stefanikidis warns in the online edition of the liberal weekly newspaper Proto Thema: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 5. March 2015

Greece comes across as entirely unreliable

In the negotiations on further financial aid the Greek government has shown little diplomatic skill, the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten writes, pointing out that like other countries Greece too must work seriously on its reforms: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 2. March 2015

Tsipras using Lisbon and Madrid as scapegoats

Madrid and Lisbon have demanded a response from the European Commission to the statements made by Alexis Tsipras on the weekend. The Greek Prime Minister had accused the countries' two conservative governments of having tried to torpedo the talks about extending bailout loans for Athens. Tsipras is just looking for someone to blame for his own failure, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias writes: » more

Avgi - Greece | Tuesday, 3. March 2015

Tsipras government keeps electoral promises

The Greek government on Monday passed a bill with measures for combating poverty which foresees among other things that the most needy won't have to pay for electricity and will receive rent subsidies and food vouchers. An important step, the government-friendly daily Avgi writes: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Friday, 27. February 2015

Yes to help for Greece is more a no

The German Bundestag votes on the bailout extension for Greece today. The measure is expected to be passed with a broad majority. But this time too Athens is not being given the chance for true structural reform, the left-wing daily taz complains: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 25. February 2015

Athens gets money again

The Eurozone's finance ministers approved Athens' reform programme on Tuesday. After the decision the creditors held out the prospect of extending the bailout payments until ... » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Wednesday, 25. February 2015

Maintain full pressure on Greece

Greece's reform proposals are just pretty words for now, the conservative daily De Telegraaf warns: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 25. February 2015

Syriza could whet Greeks' appetite for reforms

Athens' fierce resistance in the negotiations over new bailout payments could also guarantee that the Greek government will be able to count on the people's support in implementing the necessary reforms, the left-liberal daily Delo writes hopefully: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 25. February 2015

Follow iron fist with kid gloves

Now that the EU has forced Athens into submission it should take a softer approach with Greece, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore comments: » more

Dimokratia - Greece | Tuesday, 24. February 2015

Rebellion of the Syriza left just dogmatism

The left wing of the Syriza party has voiced strong criticism of the compromise with the Euro Group on an extension of the bailout programme. But that's out of place, the conservative daily Dimokratia comments: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Monday, 23. February 2015

Here's to the rebellious Greeks

The tug of war between the new Greek government and its EU partners shows that Syriza is at least putting up a fight to achieve its goals, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times writes in appreciation: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Monday, 23. February 2015

Greece in a worse position than before

Athens is in an worse position after reaching a provisional agreement with the Euro Group than it was before, the liberal daily Diário Económico concludes: » more

La Tribune - France | Monday, 23. February 2015

Euro crisis a struggle between rich and poor

The conflict lines in the euro crisis do not run between nations, as one might think, but between social groups, the liberal business paper La Tribune contends: » more

Naftemporiki - Greece | Tuesday, 24. February 2015

Creditors need numbers, not theories

The fight for Greece has only just begun with the presentation of the list of proposed reforms, the conservative daily Naftemporiki believes: » more

Foreign Policy - U.S. | Sunday, 22. February 2015

Global perspectives: German austerity dictates disastrous for Europe

The austerity policy imposed by Berlin is having disastrous consequences for all Europe and must be stopped, the US magazine Foreign Policy argues: » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Monday, 23. February 2015

Tsipras has failed to achieve his goals

The deal struck on Friday between Athens and the Euro Group simply means the new Syriza government has gone back on its election pledges, director of the Fundación Alternativas Carlos Carnero surmises in El Huffington Post. "It can really all be summed up in one sentence: » more

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | Sunday, 22. February 2015

Tsipras may be more successful in next rounds

After the compromise reached on Friday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras can hope to encounter a greater spirit of cooperation in future negotiations with the Euro Group, the conservative Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag believes: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Sunday, 22. February 2015

Berlin takes the helm again

Europe should be grateful to Berlin for bringing Greece back in line in the debt negotiations, the conservative daily Irish Independent writes: » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Saturday, 21. February 2015

Greeks weaken their government with bank run

Savings deposits in Greece are at their lowest level since the start of the crisis in 2009, according to media reports. No matter how much they demonstrate in support of their government, the people are only stabbing it in the back by sending hundreds of millions of euros out of the country every day, blogger Pitsirikos writes,: » more


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