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The Eurozone’s new strategy: hope for a Yes vote in Greece

29 June 2015 18:57

The question that will be on the ballot paper in Greece on Sunday is rather wordy, so European leaders have been trying to simplify it for Greek voters today. Their… Continue reading

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a parliamentary session in Athens (Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Jean-Claude Juncker raises the stakes for the Greeks

29 June 2015 14:35

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has suggested that if Greece votes No in the referendum on whether to accept the terms of a bailout, it will be voting not… Continue reading

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If Greece leaves the Euro, Cameron should start the British renegotiation all over again

28 June 2015 20:42

Tonight, it is still not clear how the Greek situation will be resolved. The European Central Bank–which is desperate to avoid being dragged into the politics of this situation–has chosen… Continue reading

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In pictures: Greeks queue for cash machine withdrawals as crisis intensifies

28 June 2015 19:28

My local ATM queue and packed cafe across the street #Athens #Greece pic.twitter.com/pWutQpITSz — Maria Kagkelidou (@mkagkelidou) June 28, 2015 Queue outside Eurobank ATM in south Athens, a relatively wealthy… Continue reading

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Greece: ‘The crisis has commenced’

27 June 2015 20:56

Alexis Tsipras’ gamble in calling a referendum on the bailout deal has failed in two respects. First, it has not prompted Greece’s creditors to offer the country a better deal.… Continue reading

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Alexis Tsipras (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty)

Greece to hold referendum on bailout deal

26 June 2015 23:09

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just announced that there will be a referendum on the proposed bailout deal next Sunday, July 5th. He will ask for the current… Continue reading

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Debt Wracked Greece Prepares For Critical General Election

Greece’s service economy is no match for Germany’s mercantile one

24 June 2015 18:25

It sounds a bit odd these days but economics was actually invented by the Greeks. Back then, in ancient Greece, the ethos of economics was to keep the house in… Continue reading

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A protest held in Athens against the prospect of new austerity cuts demanded by the country's international creditors (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty)

The one thing that might ensure a Greek deal: fear

23 June 2015 11:17

On a narrow, sloping street in downtown Athens sits a graffiti-strewn wall that has captured the spirit of a nation. Amidst the spray-painted slogans and flaking posters, a black-and-white stencilled… Continue reading

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A trip to Greece might make Charlotte Church fear national debt

22 June 2015 17:11

It is amazing what some people are willing to listen to on a Saturday.  I have just watched Charlotte Church’s speech to the small fringe of ‘anti-austerity’ activists in Westminster… Continue reading

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Greece: The devil will be in the detail

22 June 2015 17:04

The Greek economy minister Giorgos Stathakis has told Robert Peston in an interview that the deadlock between Athens and its creditors has been broken, that $7.2 billion of funds should… Continue reading

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Greece may soon face a humanitarian crisis of its own

21 June 2015 15:39

Normally, the phrase ‘continent in crisis’ is hyperbole. But it seems appropriate today as we contemplate the situation Europe, and more specifically the EU, finds itself in. In the next… Continue reading

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Greek Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis  (L) listens to Prime Minister addressing his MP's and ministers, next to Syriza lawmaker Konstantinos Tsoukalas (R) at the Greek Parliament in Athens on June 16, 2015,

Podcast: Greece and the lessons of Black Wednesday, plus the latest on the Labour leadership contest

18 June 2015 9:20

As the situation in Greece becomes more serious by the day, is a default or Grexit on the horizon? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Channel 4’s Paul Mason discusses this week’s Spectator leading article… Continue reading

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Alexis Tsipras and Yianis Varoufakis. Image: Getty

If Grexit happens, parliamentary egotisms may well be to blame

17 June 2015 11:38

In 1987, the American historian Richard R. Johnson wrote a quite brilliant essay explaining how a clash of legislatures had contributed to the American declaration of independence. In short, his… Continue reading

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How far will Merkel go on Greece?

13 June 2015 11:40

The Greek crisis has been going on for so long now, it is hard to imagine it actually coming to a conclusion. But next week’s meeting of European Finance Ministers… Continue reading

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Bilderberg security is stepped up to protect masters of the universe from journalists

13 June 2015 11:07

This weekend the masters of the universe will gather at the annual Bilderberg conference. The secretive summit, which is being held in Austria, sees heads of banks and company CEOs… Continue reading

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The Greek crisis is back, and this time it’s more serious than before

25 April 2015 16:26

Amidst the hullabaloo of the general election campaign, one thing that has generally gone unnoticed in Britain’s political discourse is the worsening Greek situation. You now have European finance ministers… Continue reading

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For modern-day Assyrians their present is under attack from Isis, as is their past

27 February 2015 14:40

The historian Tom Holland tweeted this morning: ‘What ‪#ISIS are doing to the people & culture of ‪#Assyria is worthy of the Nazis. None of us can say we didn’t… Continue reading

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The Greek crisis isn’t over

21 February 2015 13:56

The more you read about the deal between Greece and the Eurozone, the clearer it becomes how temporary a deal it is. First, the Syrzia-led government has to submit on… Continue reading

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If Greece leaves the euro could others follow?

19 February 2015 16:43

Germany wants nothing less than an unconditional surrender from the new Greek government. It is hard to draw any other conclusion from Berlin’s decision to reject Greece’s proposal for a… Continue reading

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Greece isn’t the only country that wants to leave the euro

19 February 2015 16:13

With EU budget talks breaking down on Monday night, there was, for a time, an outside chance that Greece would leave the euro. Worryingly for EU leaders, there are plenty… Continue reading

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Bet on a swift Grexit

19 February 2015 11:08

‘Will Greece exit the eurozone in 2015?’ Paddy Power was pricing ‘yes’ at 3-to-1 on Tuesday, with 5-to-2 on another Greek general election within the year and 6-to-4 on the… Continue reading

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Alexis Tsipras (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty)

The Eurozone crisis is as much a political problem as it is an economic one

17 February 2015 13:05

Veterans of Eurozone crisis summits, hoping for another nail-biting drama, had queued to get ringside seats. But yesterday’s meeting over Greece with Eurozone Finance Ministers ended without result. And you… Continue reading

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Greek debt talks break up – can the eurozone hold together?

16 February 2015 21:54

Are we now closer to Grexit? Tonight’s talks between eurozone finance ministers broke up after a few hours with Greece slamming the draft statement prepared by the group as ‘unacceptable’… Continue reading

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This time next year Greece will be out of the euro or Syriza will be out of power

5 February 2015 16:06

There has been much interest in the European Central Bank making a new call on Greek government bonds, saying that ‘it is currently not possible to assume’ the bonds to… Continue reading

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Osborne uses meeting with Greek finance minister to tell people to vote Tory

2 February 2015 14:45

Even though he wasn’t quite prepared in the sartorial stakes for the visit of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, George Osborne was ready to use the meeting between the two… Continue reading

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