Balkans, Centre Ground, Greece

Greece’s populist sands are shifting

Published: Progress

As Westminster does its best to tear itself apart, the Greek parliament has been playing out its own internal drama – between two very strange bedfellows. The most paradoxical coalition in the European Union has finally come to an end: the far-right Independent Hellenes – or ANEL – under the leadership of Panos Kammenos, walked out of their coalition with the radical left party Syriza, led by prime minister Alexis Tsipras. While managing to weaken the government, enough ANEL members of parliament have remained to keep the shaky coalition standing.

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Centre Ground, Greece

Ποιος θα κάνει τώρα τον Καμμένο;

Ο πρωθυπουργός παρουσιάζει τη λύση της συνεργασίας με τον Πάνο Καμμένο ως τη στιγμή της απελευθέρωσης μίας ολόκληρης παράταξης από τα δεσμά ενός ακροδεξιού. Ο αρχηγός των ΑΝΕΛ (για κάποιον λόγο μόνον αυτός, αφού οι βουλευτές των Ανεξάρτητων Ελλήνων παραμένουν στον συνασπισμό) ντρόπιαζε τους οπαδούς του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ, και εμπόδιζε την ηγεσία του κόμματος να συνεργαστεί με τους πραγματικούς ιδεολογικούς συγγενείς της. 

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Balkans, Centre Ground, Greece

The last 100 days of the Greek crisis

Published: State of the Left

Οn June 21 Greece will formally leave the financial crisis behind, after some ten years, as the bailout programmes come to an end. Since 2010, Greece has received €320bn from European institutions and the IMF, as well as a debt haircut in 2012 amounting to €100bn. The Greek case was widely publicised internationally, not so much for the unprecedented levels of financial assistance involved, but as a case-study of mismanaged public finances that combined in a spectacularly depressing way with the mechanics of a clientelist state and extensive corruption to create catastrophe.

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