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Tag: Eurozone

Looks Like Greece’s Progressive Syriza Party Has Been Elected … Again

Most of Sunday’s snap general election results are in—and it seems Syriza has claimed another important victory in Greece and Alexis Tspiras will continue to lead the country.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Resign

The prime minister and leader of the Syriza party will submit his resignation to the country’s president Thursday, making way for early elections scheduled for Sept. 20, government officials report.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

Greece Debt Crisis: Massive Stock Plunge After Five-Week Shutdown

Ending down 16.23 percent by the end of Monday, Athens’ stock market experienced its worst daily performance since at least 1985, when modern record keeping began.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

IMF Refuses to Join Greek Bailout Until Debt Relief Demands Are Met

The International Monetary Fund has said it will not participate in a new bailout for Greece until an “explicit and concrete agreement” on debt relief is reached by the country’s eurozone creditors.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

International Monetary Fund Warns of Bad Outlook for the Eurozone

The international financial organization has warned of economic trouble ahead for the eurozone as worry over Greece lingers, unemployment remains high and the banking sector struggles to shake off the residue of the financial crisis.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Grexit or Jubilee? How Greek Debt Can Be Annulled

The crushing Greek debt could be canceled the way it was made—by sleight of hand. But saving the Greek people and their economy is evidently not in the game plan of the Eurocrats.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

The IMF Gets Behind Greece With Debt Relief Demand

In a move that looks at once like a boost for Greece’s economic cause and grounds for further complication among eurozone member countries, the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday warned that it might pull its support for the proposed bailout plan unless other nations agree to whittle down some of Greece’s debt.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

Tsipras Pushes Greeks to Take Bailout Deal

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday continued the diplomatic high-wire act that his country’s economic crisis has obliged him to attempt by working hard to persuade members of the Greek Parliament and the general population to accept the bailout package he was just offered in Brussels.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Greece Accepts Draconian EU Bailout Demands

To get desperately needed funds, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has submitted his country to harsh economic reforms that the people had rejected in a referendum just a week earlier.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

We Are All Greeks Now

What is happening in Greece in the name of austerity has already happened to the poor and the working class in the United States. If the global financial elites continue in power, the misery of the Greeks will become our own.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Greece, Hacks and Trump on Top

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Greece’s pursuit of another bailout from the EU, two major security breaches of U.S. government databases and whether Donald Trump could win America’s Latino vote.

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Tsipras Permitted Untold Damage to Be Done to the Greek Economy for Nothing

“There is no end in sight to the suffering of the Greek people,” writes Guardian editor Larry Elliott following the prime minister’s capitulation to European demands.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Greek Victory Inspires Us

While Greece is not the first country to defy the IMF’s prescriptions, it is uniquely poised to underscore, once and for all, capitalism’s incompatibility with democracy.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

World Leaders Huddle, Haggle Over Greece’s Future

Aside from monetary considerations, time is clearly the most important commodity in the ongoing crunch sessions between Greek and European leaders as they hash out a potential rescue strategy to keep Greece in the eurozone and out of financial free fall.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Piketty on Germany’s Hypocrisy: It ‘Has No Standing to Lecture Other Nations’

“Those who want to chase Greece out of the eurozone today,” the French economist says, “will end up on the trash heap of history.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Resigns

Despite his country’s decisive rejection of the European Union’s terms for remaining in the eurozone, the Greek finance minister has quit his post, citing an unwillingness on the part of some EU ministers to negotiate with him.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Economists Krugman and Stiglitz on Why Greeks Should Vote ‘No’ on the Referendum

Nobel Prize-winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman maintain that Greece must keep going it alone and vote “no” on the upcoming referendum on the bailout.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE

Greek Banks Close Indefinitely After Weekend That Shook the Euro

Greeks found their savings blocked and banks closed Monday morning after a standoff between the country and its bailout creditors that cast doubt on the future of Europe’s single-currency zone.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Through Feints and Provocations, the Greek Debt Drama Will Continue

“There has been nothing but bad news,” writes The Guardian’s economics editor Larry Elliott of the Greek debt crisis. “Yet, through it all, the relative calm in the financial markets has reflected a belief that, despite everything, the drama Tsipras of Athens will have a happy ending.”

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The IMF Walks Out of Greece Bailout Talks

The U.S.-led global debt brokerage pulled out of negotiations with Greece on Thursday after it accused Athens of refusing to compromise over labor market and pension reforms.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Greek Finance Minister Says Austerity Is Bad Medicine

Greece’s new left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza Party raises concerns over international creditors’ demands to restructure the country’s labor market and curtail its pension system in exchange for a new package of bailout funds scheduled for release Friday. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks with “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE

Greece Submits Reform Proposals and Warnings to Eurozone Creditors

Their country would stop cooperating with creditors if negotiations failed and aid was not forthcoming, government leaders said as they submitted a long-awaited list of 18 policy reforms to eurozone administrators.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

Greece Can’t Do It Alone: Austerity Victims of the World, Unite!

For the anti-austerity struggle in Greece and elsewhere to become effective and sustainable, it must be raised from the national level to the international level.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE

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

Scourge of the Greeks: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble

After the financial troika triumphed over the Greek government in debt negotiations last week, Germany’s veteran minister “indulged himself with some patronizing comments,” observed economics correspondent Phillip Inman at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 22, 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

Germany and Greece Are Going Head to Head in Bailout Negotiations

In what The Guardian’s economics editor Larry Elliott is calling a “white flag [being] raised over Athens,” Greece has requested a six-month extension to its bailout plan, essentially giving in to the eurozone finance ministers’ demands for austerity. Germany, however, refused the country’s proposal Thursday.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

From ‘Demos’ to ‘Podemos’: Popular Uprisings in Greece and Spain

Like Greece, Spain has been wracked by the global recession and could soon elect an anti-austerity government.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE

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The Pro-Workers, Pro-Growth Experiment in Greece Is Under Threat

While the wealthiest 85 individuals on the planet own more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population—and when the top 1 percent will soon own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent—the people of Greece and the anti-austerity party, Syriza, they elected to lead them are struggling to rebuild their economy so that ordinary people there can live with a shred of dignity and security.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE

How Germany and the U.K. Benefited From Greece and Spain’s Brain Drain

As Greece tries to come to an “honorable agreement” with austerity-loving eurozone finance ministers, let’s not forget who stood to gain the most from the financial crises in southern Europe.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE

With Greece and Eurozone Creditors Far Apart, Bailout Talks Collapse

Eurozone finance ministers have designated Friday as the deadline for the country to accept yet another austerity-filled deal, but Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has made it clear he will not rest until an “honorable agreement” is negotiated. 

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE

Greece’s Economy Looks Like Germany’s After World War I

“Austerity”—the redirection of funds away from government and public services and toward a country’s creditors—“has devastated Greece just about as much as defeat in total war devastated imperial Germany,” economist Paul Krugman writes in The New York Times.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE

NYT Criticizes Syriza Finance Minister, Gets It Wrong

The New York Times fell on its face when it suggested that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (pictured here) did not understand the basic debt dynamics of his country, writes Andy Robinson at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Yanis Varoufakis

The Syriza finance minister confirmed his party’s intentions to fight EU oppression by refusing to negotiate with representatives of Greece’s “hated troika of lenders.”

Posted on Jan 31, 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

The Collapse of Europe?

The European project is teetering on the edge of failure. Growth is anemic at best and socio-economic inequality is on the rise. The countries of Eastern and Central Europe, even relatively successful Poland, have failed to bridge the income gap with the richer half of the continent. And the highly indebted periphery is in revolt.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE

‘The Most Powerful Woman in the World’

A New Yorker profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel depicts a shrewd politician cut to the shape of leadership in our age: bland, personally reserved and entirely uninterested in challenging the prevailing neoliberal order.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE

Bankers Win Both Ways: Now They Can Take Both Taxpayer and Depositor Money

On March 20, European Union officials reached a historic deal to save failing banks by tapping both taxpayer and depositor funds. It may be illegal under EU Parliament, but is being rushed through to lock taxpayer and depositor liability into place before the dire state of eurozone banks is exposed.

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE


Discredited Economic Theory Holds Europe in Deflationary Thrall

Why there is such iron fidelity to neoliberal austerity in the contemporary community of official, semiofficial and even academic economists? It can’t be that it works. It doesn’t work.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE

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The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland

When the indomitable Irish spirit is awakened, organized and mobilized, the country could become the poster child not for austerity, but for economic prosperity through financial sovereignty.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE

Shutterstock photo of EU roundtable.

Can the EU Be Saved?

It is not simply the euro zone that is threatened by the dramatic economic discrepancies that now exist among its members. Now it is the European Union itself that is in danger.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Why Putin Let Russia’s Richies Take a Bath

The collapse of the Cypriot banking system reveals much about the complex relationship among ordinary Russians, “offshore oligarchs” and a political system that depends on both.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Clouds of Recession Gather Over Northern Europe

A gloomy forecast for the sales of a German automaker portends the possible spread of Southern Europe’s economic crisis to other parts of the continent—and the world.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Will the Harvard Austerity Error End Economic Sadomasochism?

“It seems unlikely,” anthropologist and author David Graeber writes. “After all, as I and many others have long argued, austerity was never really an economic policy: ultimately, it was always about morality.”

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE

Shutterstock photo of the euro.

A Right and Proper Death of the Euro

A new “Alternative for Germany” political movement has erupted as a backlash against the euro, and against Germany’s fellow members of the EU.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE

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Austerity Inflicts Brain Drain on Greece

More than 100,000 unemployed professionals have left Greece amid a shrinking economy and a lack of jobs to seek better opportunities abroad in a trend that will dramatically impact the country for generations.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Iceland’s Leaders

One country refused to bail out its derelict banks and slash social spending amid the financial crisis. And guess what? Unlike the eurozone and the United States, it’s making a sturdy comeback.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 READ MORE

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Recession in the Eurozone: Round 2

Recession has returned to the eurozone for the second time since the financial crisis began in 2008. The region’s GDP fell by 0.1 percent in 2012’s third quarter, which followed a 0.2 percent contraction in the previous three months.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE

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Eurozone Jobless Rate Hits New High

Unemployment in the eurozone has climbed to nearly 18.5 million people across 17 countries, with 146,000 people joining the ranks of the jobless just last month, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE

Eurozone Bank Supervision

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE

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