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Athens and Europe struggle to reach compromise

The IMF has allowed Greece to defer a payment until the end of June. But so far the creditor states and Athens have been unable to agree on a reform plan. What compromise can prevent a Grexit at this stage?

To Vima Online - Greece | Friday, 26. June 2015

Berlin's shocking aggressiveness towards Athens

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that an agreement must be reached in the dispute over Athens' debts by the time the stock markets open on Monday morning. The liberal online paper To Vima is appalled by the way Berlin is piling up the pressure on Greece: » more

The Washington Post - U.S. | Wednesday, 24. June 2015

Global perspectives: EU forcing Athens to commit economic suicide

Greece's government and its creditors will meet again today, Thursday, to find a solution to the debt conflict. But Europe is depriving Greece of any chance of economic recovery with its demands, the liberal daily The Washington Post criticises: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 24. June 2015

Prospect of a deal in debt dispute

A day before the next summit of Eurozone finance ministers, there are growing indications of a compromise in the debt dispute with Greece. Commentators voice ... » more

Capital - Greece | Wednesday, 24. June 2015

Useless austerity proposals won't help Greeks

The money-saving proposals put forward by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras are pointless from an economic perspective, the liberal website Capital argues: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 24. June 2015

Syriza hasn't improved EU

The fact that Athens must make cuts in social welfare to get fresh money after all is the result of the EU's narrow-minded, nation-state dominated policy, the left-wing daily taz comments, lamenting that Syriza failed to drum up more solidarity: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Tuesday, 23. June 2015

Confrontation course has hurt Athens

The Greek government's aggressive confrontation tactics in the wrangling with its creditors have achieved nothing and caused a lot of damage, columnist Shane Coleman writes in the conservative daily the Irish Independent: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 23. June 2015

Grexit better than muddling along forever

Athens and its creditors are approaching a compromise in the dispute over a debt solution for Greece. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday presented another reform plan, which will be discussed by the euro finance ministers on Wednesday. But it would be better if Greece defaulted, the centre-right daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung believes: » more

Main focus of Monday, 22. June 2015

EU praises Tsipras's reform plans

Ahead of the EU leaders' emergency summit this Monday the Greek government has presented the creditors with new proposals for solving the debt crisis. The ... » more

Le Monde - France | Sunday, 21. June 2015

Grexit would be politically inconsistent

A Grexit would not only be economically disastrous but also a terrible political setback for the European project, the centre-left daily Le Monde believes: » more

Bild - Germany | Monday, 22. June 2015

Greek bankruptcy for the good of democracy

Another bailout package for Greece would be bad for democracy in Germany, the conservative daily Bild believes, and therefore calls for a Grexit: » more

Aargauer Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 22. June 2015

Greece is a failed state

Greece's main problem is not the euro or the conflict with its creditors but the lack of state structures, economist Thomas Straubhaar writes in the liberal Aargauer Zeitung newspaper: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Sunday, 21. June 2015

Eurozone won't survive in its current form

With or without Greece the Eurozone has no future in its current form, columnist Brendan Keenan writes in the conservative daily Irish Independent: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 19. June 2015

Tsipras and Varoufakis don't want a deal

New negotiations with the finance ministers of the Eurozone in the debt dispute with Greece ended without a result on Thursday in Luxembourg. It doesn't really look like Athens wants to reach an agreement at all, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more

L'Humanité - France | Friday, 19. June 2015

Creditors solely to blame for Greeks' misery

The euro finance ministers failed to reach a compromise with Athens on Thursday evening. A meeting of the Eurozone heads of state and government on Monday will now seek a solution. The creditors have landed Greece in this situation, the communist daily L'Humanité fumes: » more

Dimokratia - Greece | Thursday, 18. June 2015

Greeks will never cut back on military spending

In the talks over a Greek austerity package EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday proposed a "modest cut" in the country's defence spending. Cutbacks in the defence budget could replace the controversial hike in VAT, he explained. The conservative daily Dimokratia finds the idea absurd: » more

Internationale Politik - Germany | Monday, 15. June 2015

Joseph E. Stiglitz on the miscalculations of Athens' creditors

The creditors' unbending stance in the Greek crisis is dangerous for all Europe, the US economist Joseph E. Stiglitz criticises in a guest commentary for the debate portal ipg-journal: » more

e-vestnik - Bulgaria | Tuesday, 16. June 2015

Athens a model for Sofia in debt dispute

According to media reports, the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has renewed calls for a debt cut. Athens is adopting a strong stance in the conflict with its creditors, the website e-vestnik writes in praise: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 16. June 2015

No new reform list from Athens for now

Athens will not present a new reform list at the meeting with the euro finance ministers on Thursday, Greek Finance Minister announced after inconclusive talks ... » more

Politis - Cyprus | Monday, 15. June 2015

Creditors want to topple Athens' leftist gov't

A deep rift divides the people of Greece from the powerful in Brussels, the liberal daily Politis observes: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 16. June 2015

No alternative to debt cut

Only if the creditors decide to dispense with some of the money they are owed will Greece be able to get back on its feet, the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, 15. June 2015

Don't believe proponents of a Grexit

Those who are downplaying the dangers of a Greek exit from the Eurozone now have already been wrong in the past, the centre-left daily The Independent warns: » more

Main focus of Monday, 15. June 2015

Juncker breaks off talks with Athens

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday broke off a mediation attempt in the debt conflict with Greece owing to major differences. While preventing a ... » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 15. June 2015

Tsipras plunging his country into poverty

A Grexit is increasingly likely after the abrupt end to the talks with Greece on Sunday, the business paper De Tijd comments: » more

Blog euinside - Bulgaria | Friday, 12. June 2015

Eurozone would be stronger without Greece

Greece should leave the Eurozone before it plunges the EU into a crisis of values, Adelina Marini writes on her blog euinside: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 15. June 2015

Danger of a gigantic financial crisis

The renewed failure of the negotiations with Greece will lead to a financial crisis of epic proportions in Europe, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera points out: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 15. June 2015

Do not capitulate to Greece

Europe must not capitulate to Athens for fear of a Grexit, the conservative daily Le Figaro warns: » more

Main focus of Friday, 12. June 2015

IMF breaks off talks with Athens

The IMF representatives pulled out of talks with Athens in Brussels on Thursday. A spokesman for the organisation complained that the differences of opinion were ... » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Friday, 12. June 2015

Agreement with Greece still on the cards

Despite the turbulent relations between Athens and its creditors, the centre-left daily The Irish Times believes both sides will soon reach a consensus: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Friday, 12. June 2015

Americans won't let Athens fall

Despite all the differences of opinion between Athens and its creditors in the end a solution will be found because the fear of a Grexit is simply too great, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino predicts: » more

Capital - Greece | Friday, 12. June 2015

Tsipras doing the same as his predecessors did

According to media reports, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has proposed that the bailout programme for Greece be extended until March 2016. That means everything will just continue as it has until now, the liberal website Capital laments: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 9. June 2015

Let the Greeks stay poor

The fact that the Syriza-led government in Athens is as popular as ever is proof that the Greeks don't want serious reforms, economist Francesco Giavazzi complains in the liberal daily Financial Times: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 10. June 2015

Tsipras really fighting for the privileged

Athens' reforms are not true reforms, and rather than fighting for the weak Tsipras is fighting for employees who have always enjoyed privileges, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera rails: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Sunday, 7. June 2015

Euro losing its credibility

With an agreement between Athens and its creditors yet to be reached the crisis in the Eurozone is taking on a new dimension, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias writes: » more

Blog David McWilliams - Ireland | Monday, 8. June 2015

Creditors turning Greece into Europe's Gaza

It's no surprise that the Greek government has rejected the proposals of the EU creditor countries for overcoming the debt crisis, economist David McWilliams writes in his blog: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 7. June 2015

Both sides in Greek crisis being unrealistic

In the debt conflict between Athens and its creditors, the current loan programme for Greece expires at the end of June. But the solutions proposed by both sides so far have been unsuitable, columnist Wolfgang Münchau criticises in the liberal business paper Financial Times: » more

i - Portugal | Wednesday, 3. June 2015

Portugal should keep fingers crossed for Greece

A Grexit would be bad news for Portugal, warns the centre-left daily i: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 5. June 2015

Grexit would burn creditors' money

The IMF agreed to let Greece defer a payment on a loan tranche on Thursday. Athens will pay the four instalments that are due all together at the end of the month. The bargaining position of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the struggle for an agreement with Greece's creditors is not all that bad, the centre-left daily Der Standard writes: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Wednesday, 3. June 2015

Macho airs hurting Athens' credibility

Athens must change its negotiating tactics once and for all, the conservative daily Kathimerini urges: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Wednesday, 3. June 2015

Tsipras must make concessions

The Greek government cannot expect many concessions from the EU partners and should be more willing to accommodate their demands, the conservative EU-parlamentarian Brian Hayes urges in the conservative daily Irish Independent: » more

Cinco Días - Spain | Thursday, 4. June 2015

Things get serious when ECB intervenes

ECB Chief Mario Draghi intervened in the debt dispute between the EU and Greece on Monday and called for a "strong agreement". Now that the ECB has stepped in Greece's strategising will come to an end, the centre-left daily Cinco Días predicts: » more

Público - Portugal | Tuesday, 2. June 2015

Bad compromise the last resort for Greeks

So much time has passed in the negotiations between Athens and its creditors that any agreement would be welcome, the liberal daily Público comments: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Tuesday, 2. June 2015

Athens won't give in

The fact that the talks at the German Chancellery went on until late in the night is a good sign, the centre-left To Vima website believes: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 2. June 2015

Europe would pay dearly for Grexit

The scenario of a Greek bankruptcy must be avoided at any cost, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore writes, welcoming the creditors' attempt to make a "final offer": » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 28. May 2015

Creditors want to bring Athens to heel

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his leading negotiator Euclid Tsakalotos announced on Wednesday that they expect to reach an agreement with Greece's creditors within two weeks. But the latter are not interested in swiftly concluding the negotiations, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore counters: » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Sunday, 24. May 2015

Only thing that can help Greeks is bankruptcy

The head of the EU's ESM bailout fund, Klaus Regling, warned last week that Greece is facing bankruptcy. If Greece were to go bankrupt at least it would serve to make clear to the Greeks how bad their situation really is, blogger Pitsirikos comments sarcastically: » 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


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