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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Brexit, Europe, Greece, UK Politics

Brexit, Grexit: The Parallel Lives of two dilemmas

Published: Kathimerini Daily

The hasty, hurried nature of the Greek referendum in 2015 and the transgression of basic rules in conducting it (only five days of campaigning available to answer a long technical question with the “no” box above the “yes” box on the ballot paper) render a comparison between the two procedures irrelevant. However, even though the referendum was so unorthodox, the Greek voters faced two main questions, the same that British voters were considering before their vote in 2016, and the same that engaged voters in the referendum for Scotland’s independence in 2014.

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