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Austerity divides Europe

While the countries of the Eurozone remain unbending vis-à-vis the Tsipras government, many parties and citizens of the EU are showing support for Athens' resistance to austerity. Will the Greek crisis bring about change in Europe, or will it bring the EU down?

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 14. July 2015

Europe has taken away Greece's sovereignty

Europe has deprived Greece of its sovereignty and is treating it like a little child, Lucio Caracciolo writes in anger in the centre-left daily La Repubblica: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 14. July 2015

A deal with an unpleasant aftertaste

The agreement between Athens and its sponsors is on the whole a good thing but the way Germany imposed its will was wrong, the liberal daily Wiener Zeitung comments: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 14. July 2015

The Eurozone's unrealistic dictates

The Eurozone's demands of Athens are unacceptably harsh, the liberal daily Sme criticises: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Tuesday, 14. July 2015

Buying time for an orderly Grexit

Like the agreements that preceded it the latest compromise in the Greek crisis only serves to buy time, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Tuesday, 14. July 2015

Greek crisis: Mauro Guillén sees Paris and Berlin on course for divorce

The Greek crisis has made it clear that France and Germany have very different standards on the path to European unity, Professor of political economy at the University of Pensylvania Mauro Guillén comments on El Huffington Post website: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Monday, 13. July 2015

Childish talk of coup on Twitter

Under the hashtag #thisisacoup, Twitter users are describing the agreement on a new bailout package as an attempted coup and are particularly critical of Germany's behaviour vis-à-vis Greece. The conservative Daily Telegraph dismisses such views: » more

Main focus of Monday, 13. July 2015

Agreement between Euro Group and Athens

After 17 hours of talks the Euro Group leaders reached a compromise with Athens on Monday morning. The dispute between the proponents and detractors of ... » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 13. July 2015

Only trust can hold the continent together

For the EU to have a future at all it must learn from the Greek debt crisis and foster new trust among its members, the conservative daily Le Figaro believes: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Monday, 13. July 2015

Emotions replace arguments

The tough negotiations on the weekend show that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the EU to reach workable compromises, the left-leaning daily Právo writes: » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Sunday, 12. July 2015

Greek crisis: Eurozone will break up

The Eurozone will soon be history, blogger Pitsirikos writes in an attempt to soothe his readers' fears: » more

The Washington Post - U.S. | Wednesday, 8. July 2015

Greek crisis: George Will on the regressive system of the EU

The Greek crisis is an expression of the fundamental weakness of the EU, writes US columnist George Will in the liberal daily The Washington Post: » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 10. July 2015

Europe must awaken from its slumber

The Europeans have become so used to the Greek crisis that they may miss the last chance to save the situation at Sunday's emergency summit of EU leaders, warns British historian Timothy Garton Ash in the centre-left daily El País: » more - Croatia | Wednesday, 8. July 2015

Greek crisis: Gordan Duhaček bids farewell to European social democracy

European social democracy is digging its own grave, and that's okay, writes journalist Gordan Duhaček in the liberal website commenting on the Greek crisis: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 8. July 2015

Juncker threatens with Grexit

The Euro Group has given Athens until an EU emergency summit on Sunday to convince it to release new funds. If it fails to do ... » more

Profil - Austria | Wednesday, 8. July 2015

Greek crisis: Stephan Schulmeister on the euro as a faulty neoliberal construction

Because of the neoliberal rules of the game Greece never stood a chance in the Eurozone, Viennese economics researcher Stephan Schulmeister writes in the centre-left news magazine Profil: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 8. July 2015

EU puts its global importance at risk

The creditors have given Athens until Friday to present new reform proposals. If an agreement isn't reached at the EU special summit on Sunday a "black scenario" couldn't be ruled out, said European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday, indirectly threatening a Grexit. Former deputy foreign minister Marta Dassù explains in the liberal daily La Stampa why Europe needs to bailout Greece at all costs: » more

Marianne - France | Tuesday, 7. July 2015

Grexit must not become success model

Even though the Euro Group seems to be intent on pushing Greece out of the single currency it fears a Grexit for one very specific reason, economist Jacques Sapir writes on his blog for the weekly magazine Marianne: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 7. July 2015

Separation the best solution

Like a quarrelling couple, Greece and the rest of the Eurozone have become so estranged that they should simply end their relationship, the liberal daily The Independent believes: » more

Infowar - Greece | Tuesday, 7. July 2015

Athens should finally leave the Eurozone

After the referendum Athens should seriously consider voluntarily exiting the Eurozone, Aris Chatzistefanou writes on his website Infowar: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 7. July 2015

Merkel and Hollande demand ideas from Athens

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande have called on Athens to present a plan for financing Greece. The two leaders met on ... » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 7. July 2015

Syriza fails in fight against austerity

The Syriza government's efforts to fundamentally shift the political coordinates in the EU are doomed to failure, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse concludes: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Tuesday, 7. July 2015

"OXI" will save all Europe

All Europe can benefit from the no in the Greek referendum, the conservative daily La Vanguardia believes: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 7. July 2015

Athens doesn't have exclusive rights to democracy

The Euro Group must not allow itself to be blackmailed into a debt cut by Greece, the left-leaning daily Právo warns: » more

Le Courrier - Switzerland | Tuesday, 7. July 2015

Greferendum forces EU to rethink strategy

With the no in the Greek referendum the EU has started to free itself of its neoliberal straitjacket, the Christian-social daily Le Courrier hopes: » more

The New York Times - U.S. | Monday, 6. July 2015

Greek crisis: Athens' bankruptcy costly for Europe

The political and economic consequences of a Greek bankruptcy would be more costly for the rest of Europe than a new bailout programme for Athens, warns the liberal daily The New York Times: » more

Main focus of Monday, 6. July 2015

Greeks say no to more austerity

The Greek voters gave a clear no to the creditors' austerity demands in the referendum on Sunday. Some commentators believe it's time for a Grexit, ... » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 6. July 2015

Time for a Grexit now

The Greek people have voted to go their own way, writes the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung, calling on them to follow up on this decision consistently now: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 6. July 2015

Marc Lazar sees Europe's social democrats as trapped

The German Social Democrats' support for the austerity policy and Socialist French President François Hollande's unclear course on this issue underscore the identity crisis of the social democratic parties all over Europe, political scientist Marc Lazar comments in the centre-left daily La Repubblica: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 5. July 2015

The euro project is severely damaged

Even the most enthusiastic supporters of the single currency must now concede that it has landed Europe in huge problems, the conservative daily The Times observes: » more

Proto Thema - Greece | Friday, 3. July 2015

Angela Merkel coordinating a putsch

The European Commission and European politicians have warned the Greeks in recent days not to vote against austerity in Sunday's referendum. This provokes harsh criticism from the liberal anti-government weekly Proto Thema: » more

The New York Times - U.S. | Thursday, 2. July 2015

Global perspectives: Tsipras's campaign against austerity has failed

The Greek government's negotiating style has alienated all the Eurozone countries, the liberal daily The New York Times observes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 2. July 2015

Debt conflict reveals German-French rift

In refusing further negotiations before Sunday's referendum the Euro Group has aligned itself with Germany, while France's President François Hollande has argued in favour of a quick compromise. The rift between Berlin and Paris is growing, the conservative daily Le Figaro comments: » more

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 1. July 2015

Tsipras evading responsibility

The Tsipras government is trying to evade responsibility with the referendum, the daily 24 Chasa complains: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Wednesday, 1. July 2015

Greeks can end Europe's lost wanderings

Brussels could be forced to make a necessary change of course if the Greeks reject the creditors' offer in Sunday's referendum, the centre-left daily Le Quotidien comments: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Tuesday, 30. June 2015

Europe must stop doting on its problem children

Europe should part ways with its problem children and follow a self-assured path to economic excellence, the conservative daily Die Welt urges: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Wednesday, 1. July 2015

The Eurozone's incredible mistake

It was an enormous mistake of the Eurozone to manoeuvre Greece into a situation in which it had to default on an IMF payment, the liberal daily De Standaard laments: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 30. June 2015

Europe won't collapse

Although the government in Athens is completely unpredictable its behaviour will not pose a threat to the euro and the EU, the conservative daily Lidové noviny comments: » more

Keskisuomalainen - Finland | Tuesday, 30. June 2015

Grexit inevitable

Leaving the monetary union could help Greece in the long term even if the Greeks suffer inititally, the liberal daily Keskisuomalainen writes: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 30. June 2015

Monetary union obsolete

Europe must scrap the monetary union entirely, write the Basel-based economists Lukas Hohl and Rolf Weder in the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung, describing this as the only logical consequence of the looming Grexit: » more

Efimerida ton Syntakton - Greece | Monday, 29. June 2015

Brussels and Athens should end power games

A Grexit will have repercussions for all Europe, warns the centre-left daily Efimerida ton Syntakton, appealing to Athens and the EU to stop their power games: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 29. June 2015

Creditors drove Tsipras to hold referendum

Greece's creditors have left Alexis Tsipras with no other option but to let the people decide, US economist Paul Krugman writes in the centre-left daily La Repubblica: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 28. June 2015

Finance ministers made tactical error

The finance ministers of the Eurozone have played right into the hands of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras by insisting that the bailout programme expire this Tuesday, columnist Wolfgang Münchau writes in the liberal Financial Times newspaper: » more


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