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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Centre Ground, Europe, Greece

The future of liberal conservatism in Greece

Published: Centre Write | Bright Blue

A few days ago, Greek public opinion was passionately discussing the new TV advertisement of a major toy-store chain. The protagonist is Makis Psomiadis, a hard-core, veteran right-wing politician and singer, who was a leading personality in the political arena in the middle years of the preceding decade.

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Centre Ground, Greece

The strange death of social democratic Greece

Published: Progress

It is very often argued that the European Union and the International Monetary Fund got it wrong with the Greek crisis. They overestimated the Greek economy’s resilience and set unrealistic fiscal targets which resulted to excessive and pointless austerity. The wrong economic recipe was accompanied by a series of fatal political mistakes. The failure to foresee the rise of anti-establishment populists to power is top of the list.

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Brexit, Centre Ground, UK Politics

Από την πολιτική στο μουσείο

Published: Huffington Post

Στις 17 Νοεμβρίου του 2015, μία εικοσαμελής ομάδα πολιτικών και ακαδημαϊκών συναντήθηκε στο συνεδριακό κέντρο St. Matthew’s, κοντά στη Βρετανική Βουλή. Στη συντριπτική τους πλειοψηφία, ήταν άνθρωποι που θέλουν τη συνεργασία ανάμεσα στις προοδευτικές πτέρυγες όλων των κομμάτων. Ανάμεσα τους, ο Άντονι Γκίντενς, ο θεωρητικός του τρίτου δρόμου, της ιδεολογικής πλατφόρμας του Τόνι Μπλερ. Ο Βινς Κέιμπλ, ηγετικό στέλεχος των Φιλελεύθερων Δημοκρατών, στους οποίους είχε προσχωρήσει τη δεκαετία του ’70 από τους Εργατικούς. Ο Τρίστραμ Χαντ, εκπρόσωπος της νέας γενιάς των κεντρώων Labour.

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