B. Tersago: Extreme armoede bijna verdubbeld tijdens Griekse crisis

16 juni 2016 – Een paar dagen geleden publiceerde DiaNEOsis, een organisatie die onderzoek verricht en analyses uitvoert, een studie over de toename van de extreme armoede in Griekenland. Alweer een studie waar je niet vrolijk van wordt. Extreme armoede heb je overal, maar Griekenland heeft te maken met het fenomeen…

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H. Smith: Angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma’s revival

– In his tiny shop in downtown Athens, Kostis Nakos sits behind a wooden counter hunched over his German calculator. The 71-year-old might have retired had he been able to make ends meets but that is now simply impossible. “All day I’ve been sitting here doing the maths,” he sighs,…

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HRW: Humanitarian Crisis at Athens Port

24 maart 2016 –  “Pregnant women, people with disabilities, and young children in particular are stuck in limbo without dignity or hope,” said Eva Cossé, Greece specialist at Human Rights Watch. “The suffering in Piraeus is a direct consequence of Europe’s failure to respond in a legal and compassionate way to…

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D. Marans: Greece’s economy is getting crushed between austerity and the refugee crisis.

3 februari 2016 – The most common arrival point for refugees entering Europe is a country in dire economic straits. “The refugee crisis is testing the limits of Greece’s flagging economy, jeopardizing its ability to handle a flow of refugees that shows no signs of slowing. Added to the existing…

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J. Ghosh: Heeft Europa een ‘vluchtelingencrisis’?

16 oktober 2015 – Asielzoekers hebben het nergens gemakkelijk, maar rijkere landen hebben hen altijd gemener, repressiever en restrictiever behandeld. Dat is de stelling van econome Jayati Ghosh, columniste bij Frontline.  Jayati Ghosh (1955) is professor economie aan de Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Ze is gespecialiseerd in globalisering, internationale financiën,…

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Y. Behrakis: Guardian photographer of 2015

21 december 2015 – Unique photos of the refugee crisis and the financial implosion in Greece captured by the lens of Yannis Behrakis, photographer of Reuters. Y. Behrakis has been chosen this year by the Guardian as photographer of the year. Look at the pictures and commentary at: The Guardian

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A. Ciezadlo: Greeks bearing gifts

30 november 2015 – “How Europe’s poorest country is doing more than anyone else to help Syrian refugees”. Annia Ciezadlo is reporting in Politico Magazine from Lesvos/Mytilini: “Mytilini is where Europe’s twin crises of austerity and refugees converge. The Greek government is already paralyzed by years of economic collapse, EU-imposed austerity…

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T. Piketty, Y. Varoufakis, et al: Europe must support the UN proposals for debt restructuring

8 september 2015 – Negentien vooraanstaande economen, waaronder Thomas Piketty, James Galbraith, Yanis Varoufakis en Heiner Flassbeck, schrijven in een open brief dat Europa de voorstellen over nationale schuldherstructurering van de Verenigde Naties zal moeten steunen. De voorstellen worden op 10 september goedgekeurd of afgewezen.

Lees de open brief op de website Y. Varoufakis

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P. Krugman: Killing the European Project

13 juli 2015 – Paul Krugman argues in the New York Times that: “this Eurogroup list of demands is madness. The trending hashtag ThisIsACoup is exactly right. This goes beyond harsh into pure vindictiveness, complete destruction of national sovereignty, and no hope of relief. It is, presumably, meant to be an offer Greece can’t…

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P. Mason: Greece wins euro debt deal – but democracy is the loser

13 juli 2015 – De bekende financieel commentator Paul Mason schrijft op zijn blog dat de Grieken dan wel de euro ‘debtdeal’ hebben gewonnen, maar dat de democratie verloren heeft: ‘Everybody on earth with a smartphone understands what happened to democracy last night’. Mason is auteur van verschillende boeken en ‘visiting professor’ aan de universiteit van Wolverhampton. In…

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C. Salmon: Insider: “We underestimated the power of the creditors”

8 juli 2015 – A senior member of Greece’s negotiating team speaks to Christian Salmon for Mediapart. In this interview a senior advisor to the Greek government, who has been at the heart of the past five months of negotiations between Athens and its international creditors, reveals the details of what…

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N. Vrousalis: SYRIZA crash-lands against the euro

4 juli 2015 – Nicholas Vrousalis is assistant professor in Political Philosophy at Leiden University. He argues that ” The referendum announced by the Greek government on Sunday is its last-ditch attempt to get some leverage against the latest round of blackmail by the troika of the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF. Whatever…

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S. Sassen: Three rarely –IF EVER– mentioned facts in the Greek tragedy

3 juli 2015 – Saskia Sassen is a Dutch-American sociologist noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration.  She is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and Chairs The Committee on Global Thought. Sassen coined the term global city. In this article Sassen addresses the reader directly: “You, dear reader, decide if…

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J. Stiglitz: How I would vote in the referendum

29 juni 2015 – Joseph Stiglitz, university professor at Columbia University and recipient of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in economics, clarifies his choice as far as the referendum of 5 July is concerned: “It is hard to advise Greeks how to vote on 5 July. Neither alternative – approval or rejection of…

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P. Legrain: Athens is being blackmailed

28 juni 2015 – Philippe Legrain, former economic advisor to the president of the European Commission (2011 to 2014) and visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, is commenting on the referendum to be held on 5 July: “Greece’s creditors hope that by unleashing chaos, they can bring…

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J. Stiglitz: Europe’s Last Act?

5 juni 2015 – Joseph Stiglitz, Nobelprijswinnaar en professor economie aan de Columbia Universiteit van New York, bekritiseert de harde bezuinigingsmaatregelen die Griekenland van zijn crediteuren moest uitvoeren en daarmee de Griekse economie in een neerwaartse spiraal brachten. In dit artikel becommentarieert hij de laatste ontwikkelingen rond de onderhandelingen tussen de…

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P. Krugman: Breaking Greece

25 juni 2015 – In the New York Times Opinion Column, Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning Op-Ed columnist points out, that “the people who utterly failed to see the damage austerity would do — see the chart, which compares the projections in the 2010 standby agreement with reality — are now…

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B. Jacobs: Ramp voor de Grieken, Blamage voor EU

17 juni 2015 – Bas Jacobs is econoom en promoveerde in 2002 aan de Universiteit aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam op het proefschrift Public Finance and Human Capital. Sinds 2007 is hij hoogleraar economie en overheidsfinanciën aan de Erasmus School of Economics van de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Op zijn weblog publiceert hij een…

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C. Lapavitsas: Exiting the eurozone is its way out

25 juni 2015 – Costas Lapavitsas,  member of the Hellenic Parliament for Syriza, argues that instead of acceding to the troika’s devastating demands, Syriza should free the country from the trap of the common currency – if the Greek people agree. Greece and the government of Syriza have now come…

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J. Galbraith: What is reform? The strange case of Greece and Europe

12 juni 2015 – James Galbraith, professor in government-business relations at the University of Texas, illustrates in this article the reasons why creditors’ demands would only prolong Greece’s crisis. He makes clear that reform is the only thing missing from creditor’s demands as “‘Reform in any true sense is a process that requires time, patience, planning,…

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E. Simantke: A Grexit would not necessarily be chaotic

5 juni 2015 – “The lenders are effectively asking Greece to sign its own suicide note”. The Syriza-economist Kostas Lapavitsas explains his ideas in this interview that he gave to Elisa Simantke, journalist of Der Tagesspiegel. Read the whole interview at: Tagesspiegel. Interview with Kostas-Lapavitsas Photo: dpa

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J. Habermas: Why Angela Merkel is wrong on Greece

25 juni 2015 – The German sociologist and philopher Jürgen Habermas criticizes “the constipated manner in which the German government perceives its leadership role in Europe.” According to Habermas “It’s the citizens, not the banks, which must retain the final say in existential questions for Europe.” First published in German in Süddeutsche…

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C. Lapavitsas: The Looming Austerity Package

12 juni 2015 – Costas Lapavitsas, professor in Economics of the University of London and member of the Hellenic Parliament for Syriza, presents the proposals of both negotiating parties and argues that the European “institutions” are seeking a public defeat of Syriza and the closing off of any alternative. Read the…

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