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Tsipras II: The shift to political responsibility – 5/10/2015

Articles and Op-Eds October 6, 2015 Comments

What are the implications of this second SYRIZA-Independent Greeks (ANEL) government? Once more Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras chose to form a coalition with the right-wing populists instead of the pro-EU center/center-left parties of PASOK and Potami. Looking at his government’s composition, apart from a few exceptions, kind words are difficult to come up with. But the important thing is to…

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The prime minister’s dilemma – 9/6/2015

Articles and Op-Eds June 9, 2015 Comments

The political capital of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is largely the product of a big misunderstanding. Public surveys in the past few months have indicated that he remains Greece’s most popular politician, having convinced voters that he can keep the nation in the euro area while bringing austerity to an end. Like every collective delusion (or, some will say, like…

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The Real Social Challenge Is Kickstarting Growth – Social Europe 19/1/2015

Articles and Op-Eds January 19, 2015 Comments

It is impossible to meaningfully address Europe’s social challenges for the present, medium and longer term without addressing the central challenge of economic growth. We are now in a situation where adverse longer-term trends are nested in a highly unfavourable current and medium-term economic environment. What are the longer-term dynamics? Over the next few decades, economic growth will be slowing…

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SYRIZA’S economic agenda – 18/11/2014

Articles and Op-Eds November 18, 2014 Comments

What would the consequences of SYRIZA’s economic policy be if the leftist opposition party came to power? Given the often differing positions expressed by some of its leading MPs, we have focused on the speech of its president Alexis Tsipras at the Thessaloniki International Fair in September. There are two overarching propositions in SYRIZA’s economic agenda: (a) The Memorandum is…

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The growth challenge for Europe and the EMU – EPC, Challenges and new beginnings: Priorities for the EU’s new leadership – September 2014

Articles and Op-Eds October 10, 2014 Comments

  The European economy is slowly and painfully striving to reemerge from the last six years of crisis. It was a crisis of enormous intensity and contagiousness, given the unprecedented depth of global financial integration combined with the systemic flaws in the EMU architecture. And it is not over, as the high levels of unemployment and the growing divergence between…

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