Greek referendum: full results

6 juli 2015 – by George Arnett, Ami Sedghi, Achilleas Galatsidas and Sean Clarke, The Guardian. Referendum results in full. Voters were asked: ‘whether to accept the outline of the agreement submitted by the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund at the Eurogroup of 25/06/15′. (That…

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Greek referendum: how Athens voted

9 juli 2015 – by Achilleas Galatsidas and George Arnett / The Guardian. “The Greek referendum has been presented as a split between young and old. This interactive map shows how, in the capital at least, it also flagged up divisions between the richest and poorest in society. Wealthy suburbs in the…

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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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D. Vardoulakis: Why the “no” vote is a “yes” to the idea of Europe

Juli 2015 – Dimitris Vardoulakis is the chair of Philosophy of the University of Western Sydney. His research interests range from the relation between literature and philosophy to theories of power and sovereignty. Vardoulakis is commenting on the referendum with particular emphasis on the distinction between currency administration and political decision making in the EU. He argues…

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D. Dalakoglou: State, violence & public spaces in the European periphery

2 juli 2015 – Worried by the current crisis affecting the Eurozone and many other parts of the world, we sometimes feel disempowered by our lack of deeper understanding of the mechanisms that have triggered such devastating developments. Dimitris Dalakoglou, professor of social anthropology at the VU university in Amsterdam, studied…

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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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V. Kupsch et al: Europe: a new version is available

29 juni 2015 – Victoria Kupsch, Jonathan Buhl, Daphne Büllesbach, Nora Rathje, and Benjamin Zeeb argue in this article that “Europe is in dire need of radical change in social, financial and energy policies and more.” The great European project, once a positive model for voluntary and meaningful cooperation, has devolved into…

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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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J.D. Sachs: The Endgame in Greece

18 juni 2015 – De Griekse regering heeft gelijk dat ze niet inbindt: dat is haar verantwoordelijkheid tegenover haar burgers. Jeffrey D. Sachs is een Amerikaanse topeconoom en directeur van het Earth Institute van de Columbia University en tevens auteur van  veel besproken boeken ‘The End of Poverty’ en ‘The…

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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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P. De Grauwe: Are Creditors Pushing Greece Deliberately Into Default?

28 april 2015 – by Paul De Grauwe @pdegrauwe The Greek drama has entered its endgame. The Greek government has to repay loans to the IMF and other public institutions in the near future but does not have the cash to do so. The lenders refuse to come forward in providing liquidity as…

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T. Mayer: The Euro as a Foreign Currency for Greece

19 juni 2015 – Thomas Mayer, former Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank, proposed three years ago that introducing  a parallel currency in Greece could be a solution to meeting the government’s financial obligations within Greece. Mayer was the creator of the ‘geuro scenario’. In this contribution to the `Centre for European Policy…

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Waarom de Griekse strijd ook de onze is

4 juni 2015 – In een brochure uitgegeven door Ander Europa wordt een aantal feiten op een rijtje gezet en een aantal mythes over de Griekse crisis ontkracht. “Voor wie alleen de koppen in de media bekijkt, kan het lijken alsof verspilzieke Grieken de EU in een crisis hebben gebracht waarvan wij…

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P. De Grauwe: Greece is solvent but illiquid

18 juni 2015 – Paul De Grauwe argues that the Greek government is solvent but is trapped in a liquidity dilemma in which it cannot find liquidity because markets believe it cannot find liquidity. He then explores the role of the European Central Bank in this self-fulfilling problem and asks specifically…

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A. Watt: The Truth on Greek debt is not so simple

18 juni 2015 – Andrew Watt is Head of the Department Macroeconomic Policy Institute in the Hans-Böckler Foundation. He is critical about the report issued by the Greek Debt Truth Commission and its conclusion. “Seriously, concluding that all of Greece’s debt should be unilaterally repudiated, this is not helpful. It is a gift to those…

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Y. Varoufakis: Bezuinigingsbeleid is enige ‘dealbreaker’

27 mei 2015 – Het is niet de Griekse regering maar de Eurogroep die een akkoord voor een economisch hervormingsprogramma tegenhoudt. Dat is de stelling van de Griekse minister van financiën Yanis Varoufakis. De Eurogroep wil immers uitsluitend ‘besparen’ op sociale uitgaven en de Griekse economische elite volledig vrijwaren. Y.…

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Grexit: ‘Disaster’ for euro zone

25 juni 2015 – Tom DiChristopher, Web and TV producer at CNBC.com reports: The economist (Buiter, red.) credited with coining the term “Grexit” said Thursday it would be a disaster if Greece leaves the euro zone. Should Greek leaders and creditors fail to reach an agreement, Buiter said capital and deposit controls…

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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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A. Broere: Griekenland in het nauw gedreven

24 februari 2015 – “De propagandamachine werkt uitstekend en de burgers in landen zoals Duitsland en Nederland worden daardoor gevoed in hun houding tegen de Grieken.” Ad Broere is econoom. Als oud bankier, zelfstandig gevestigd bedrijfsadviseur, en docent/ontwikkelaar van leergangen bij diverse Business Schools, weet hij als geen ander zijn…

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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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