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Tsipras triggers second election

20 August 2015 23:27

Greece has already had one election and a referendum this year. Now it’s going back to the polls again with Alexis Tsipras announcing his resignation and snap elections. Tsipras says he… Continue reading

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Watch: Nigel Farage on why Ukip is still relevant

30 July 2015 16:38

Nigel Farage emerged from his summer break today to kickstart his party’s No campaign. The Ukip leader hit out at Eurosceptic Conservatives who he believes are lazy and ‘there is… Continue reading

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PMQs Sketch: Cameron’s lurches to the left

15 July 2015 16:08

‘Put that on your leaflets,’ snarled Cameron at PMQs. Inwardly he was gloating. Labour voted against Tory welfare reforms last night so the PM was able to boast that Labour… Continue reading

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An independent Scotland could easily have been the next Greece

14 July 2015 10:54

I wonder how many Scots who voted ‘Yes’ in last year’s referendum are watching events unfold in Greece and having second thoughts? It’s not quite a ‘there, but for the… Continue reading

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The Germans have just changed the whole dynamic of the Euro

13 July 2015 13:51

The ancient Greeks used to drop iron bars into the sea to demonstrate the permanence of the agreement they were signing. The point was that the deal would last until… Continue reading

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Sorry, but Greece isn’t victim of a ‘coup’. It’s a victim of the Euro

13 July 2015 7:35

After 17 hours of negotiations Greece and its creditors have just agreed a third bailout deal – and already there’s a new hashtag campaign on Twitter protesting that #ThisIsACoup. Paul Krugman agrees.… Continue reading

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The Greek result shows that ‘Yes, we can!’ is over

12 July 2015 18:05

Conventional wisdom has it that David Cameron’s decision to make the ‘In’ cause in the European referendum the one that asks Britons to vote ‘Yes’ is one that gives the… Continue reading

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Euclid Tsakalotos addresses the Sinn Fein annual conference in Londonderry in 2015 (Photo: Paul Faith/Getty)

Euclid’s theorem of the Irish

10 July 2015 9:00

The excellently named Euclid Tsakalotos has become the Greek finance minister after the sacking (tsaking?) of Varoufakis. He was educated at St Paul’s in the 1970s, and went on to… Continue reading

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Have the Greeks just blinked?

9 July 2015 23:36

The Syriza-led Greek government has just submitted a new set of proposals to their creditors. It appears to shift Greece closer to the creditors on VAT and pensions reform. It… Continue reading

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Left-wing Eurosceptics are finally starting to reveal themselves

9 July 2015 16:19

Even if everything goes wronger still, the Greek No vote is a great victory for the left. Until now, the left has not mounted a serious challenge to the claims… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Holds His Monthly Press Conference

‘Banging on about Europe’ doesn’t seem so dumb now, does it?

9 July 2015 11:51

As we watch the Eurozone catastrophe enter its latest ‘final phase’ one phrase keeps recurring to me.  That phrase is ‘banging on about Europe’.  Does anybody else remember when those… Continue reading

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Paul Mason calls Syriza critic a ‘Nazi collaborator’

8 July 2015 9:25

Covering the Greece crisis appears to be beginning to take its toll on Paul Mason. Channel 4′s economics editor became embroiled in a bizarre Twitter rant last night during which he accused… Continue reading

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Greece Facing Uncertain Future After Rejecting EU Proposals

You’ll never understand Greece from a God’s eye view

7 July 2015 17:48

We were breakfasting outside on the morning of the Greek referendum. The result could only be guessed at and all the polls were saying it was neck-and-neck. I thought ‘yes’… Continue reading

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Crowdfunding campaign to bail out Greece fails to meet its target

7 July 2015 16:10

After the people of Greece voted against the bailout terms on offer in Sunday’s referendum, the likelihood of the country staying in the Euro is beginning to diminish. Now, they have… Continue reading

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Newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (Photo: John Thys/Getty)

The Greeks haven’t exactly got negotiations off to a good start

7 July 2015 15:31

Eurozone leaders are holding a summit later today to discuss the Greeks’ proposal for dealing with their debt that was to be put before the Eurogroup this afternoon. But that… Continue reading

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Merkel strikes an uncompromising tone as the ECB tightens the squeeze on the Greek banks

6 July 2015 19:15

François Hollande and Angela Merkel have both given brief statements to the media ahead of their dinner this evening. Hollande was keen to stress that the door remained open to… Continue reading

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Time running out for a Greek deal warns Osborne

6 July 2015 17:56

Right now, Britain is sitting on the side-lines waiting to see if there is, to use George Osborne’s phrase, an ‘11th hour’ deal between Greece and the rest of the… Continue reading

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Cheer up! The Greek crisis shows you were right all along

6 July 2015 10:58

I don’t know whether the joy on the right was worse than the preening on the left last night but as the result of the Greek referendum swept across social… Continue reading

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Greece has chosen to inflict heavy economic damage on itself

6 July 2015 7:59

The Greek referendum will change nothing. Greek voters already expressed their great dissatisfaction with the bailout packages when they elected Syriza to power in January. The proposition they were asked to… Continue reading

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Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns

6 July 2015 6:59

If Greece had voted ‘Yes’ to the austerity package proposed by its creditors, then there would have been a round of resignations at the top of Syriza. But this morning,… Continue reading

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Greece says No, will Germany now try and kick it out of the Euro?

5 July 2015 23:28

Greece has voted No in the referendum and resoundingly so. With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, No is leading 61% to 39%. The result is a massive… Continue reading

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Alexis Tsipras asked if people were happy. The answer was always going to be ‘no’

5 July 2015 23:20

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just done something unthinkable. He has won the Greek referendum. And make no mistake, it was him that won it. It was his decision to call… Continue reading

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Prime Minister Tsipras Meets With Chancellor Merkel In Berlin

German rhetoric suggests that they are preparing to try and kick Greece out of the Euro

5 July 2015 21:22

Greece has voted No, and resoundingly so. But the reaction from Berlin tonight does not suggest that Germany is prepared to have any further negotiations with the Syriza government. The… Continue reading

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The Greeks have voted ‘no’. Now, the real crisis will begin

5 July 2015 20:07

In a landslide vote, the Greeks have said ‘no’ to the latest EU bailout deal – and, perhaps, to the Euro itself. Alexis Tsipras will stay as Prime Minister, and treat the result as a… Continue reading

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Greek voters say Oxi, what will the Eurozone do now?

5 July 2015 19:59

With half the votes counted, the No side in the Greek referendum is leading by 61% to 39%. With this lead for No at this stage in the count, it… Continue reading

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