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Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Wants Austerity ... for the Rich

“The finance ministers of Europe are not all in favor of balancing the budget if it has to be balanced by taxing the rich,” says economist Michael Hudson (not pictured) of the ongoing confrontation over the Greek debt crisis.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



Troika Deal Drives Greece Back Toward Austerity

“The rightwing orthodoxy that dominates thinking in Brussels has asserted itself over the hapless Greeks,” writes economics correspondent Phillip Inman at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE



Why Ireland’s Political Elite Are Terrified of Syriza

Irish leaders—eager to maintain that compliance with the demands of international creditors after the 2008 crisis was the best choice for Ireland—are concerned that the defiant tactics of Greece’s newly elected Syriza party may expose their program as flawed if Syriza wins concessions from the troika of lenders.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Trojan Hearse: Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Syriza, would like to pretend that austerity and the euro are two different things. Apparently, he’s blissfully ignorant of the history of the euro. The horror of austerity is not the consequence of Greek profligacy: It was designed into the euro’s plan from the beginning.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE



Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Comes at a Price (Updated)

Aid from the International Monetary Fund will enable Ukraine to pay billions in debt to Russia’s primary gas company and free up enough of Ukraine’s budget to allow the country to buy fuel through the winter. But the IMF deal entails major reforms to the country’s energy industry.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



Three Decisive Events for Europe in the Week Ahead

On Sunday, parliamentary elections in Ukraine and “stress tests” and reviews conducted by the European Central Bank will “determine the entire continent’s direction for years ahead,” financial economist Anatole Kaletsky writes at Reuters.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



EU, U.S. Sway Bulgaria to Stop Work on Russian-Backed Gas Pipeline

The prime minister of Bulgaria, Plamen Oresharski, has suspended work on a gas pipeline that has recently drawn scrutiny from U.S. and European Commission officials.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Irish Compliance Yields Eurozone Bailout Exit

Three years after international lenders loaned Ireland $92.7 billion to recover from its part of the international economic crisis, the country is the first afflicted eurozone state to exit its rescue program.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Hell on Earth for Greeks

Greek victims of austerity are increasingly being forced to sell their bodies for cheap in horrific squalor and to escape painful reality with a new street drug.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Confirmed Insanity of Austerity

Austerity threw the 17 countries that use the euro back into recession in the third quarter of 2012. As a result, unemployment is expected to rise 12.2 percent, leaving half of young people in Spain and Greece without jobs, and public debts—the expressed target of the reductions—are growing as well.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Creditors Demand Six-Day Workweek for Greece

A leaked letter from Greece’s lenders—the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund—orders the country to introduce a six-day workweek as part of a package of austerity demands for a second bailout.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



John Loo

A Little Bit of Chocolate a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

Small portions of chocolate a day can actually be good for your health—if it’s the right type and the right amount, according to a European regulator.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE


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