By Carlos A. Primo Braga The future of the Greek economy and its place in the Eurozone are back in the headlines. In the short term, Athens’ confrontational strategy will buy some time for Greece. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that it will pave a sustainable way ahead for the Greek economy.
Like many other successful companies, we have quite an international team at Europa Media. Certainly, most are Hungarian, but there are also employees from Germany, Italy, Turkey and Ukraine. Diversity at Europa Media An international environment at the company yields obvious cultural benefits such as swapping language knowledge, exchanging traditions and customs and frequently tasting… » read more
The month-long negotiations between the Greek government and Eurozone ended up temporarily with the adoption of a 4-month extension of the current bailout program during which the Greek government is bound to undertake a specific course of action regarding these structural reforms that will convince the creditors that Greece is ready to receive the… » read more
Aalborg city lights: the winning picture On February 27th the Turbine Gallery in Nordkraft will close the doors of the exhibition displaying neighbourhood photos from Aalborg and three other European cities. Stunning photos portraying the spirit and life of Aalborg, Birmingham, Lisbon and Milan were captured by their citizens as part of MyNeighbourhood… » read more
One step before reaching an agreement (?) on Greece’s bailout program, the government dispatched today the revised proposal including the extension of the current loan agreement for the next six (6) months, while introducing a moratorium in the implementation of new austerity measures suggested by troika last November. Meanwhile, the ECB decided yesterday to extend… » read more
Time always matter. In 1946 Great Britain’s PM Winston Churchill gave a speech at the University of Zurich pointing out the paramount need for the creation of the “United States of Europe”. The statement of Churchill came after an unprecedentedly devastating war that destroyed Europe in political, human, and economic level. Almost 60 years later,… » read more
By Radovan Geist It has become fanciful to see the current stand-off between the Greek Syriza-led government, and the EU as a “game of chicken”: whoever blinks first, loses everything.
Not so long ago EU Perspectives posted a much read piece Grexit? Brexit? Don’t Bet on it. If you’re a betting person you may want to call off all bets whilst you still can. Since coming to power Tsipras has recklessly pushed Greece to the very brink. The risk now is that he could be… » read more
By Àngela Corbalán, Oxfam’s Head of EU Communications and Deputy Head of EU Office When the election results were finally announced in Greece on Sunday, they were just a formality. Exit polls confirmed what most had suspected long before votes began fluttering into the ballot boxes – that Syriza would sweep into power in Athens… » read more
The debate on Greece and how a solution can be found is causing more and more problems. The public opinion in Northern Europe is influenced by the “pacta sunt servanda” approach, meaning Greece has to fulfil all commitments so far signed. In Southern Europe – especially in Portugal, but also in Spain – it is… » read more
By Dimitris Rapidis These last days we have witnessed a statement war over the possible outcome of the EU-Greece negotiations and the possibility of Grexit. This term that has been so easily used to stir anxiety in the markets and fear in the Greek and European public.
Euractiv reported last week (5 February) that the European People´s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament intends to propose a motion of censure in the parliament against the right-wing Independent Greeks party. Following the recent election in Greece, they were included in a government coalition with the Syriza Party. Its founder Panos Kammenos has been… » read more
And here it is now that we are starting pondering on different alternatives on how to manage the debt of Greece and Eurozone. In an interview with The Financial Times, the Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis introduced the term “perpetual bond” to explain his plan to ease Greece’s immense debt burden. As the confrontation… » read more
The electoral system has an impact on the press. This was one of the conclusions at the event “Media4EU“, held a few days ago at the European Parliament in Brussels. I am glad that there is a debate in the Romanian political sphere about the national and local election system. The debate should be expanded… » read more
Greek elections were not about the end of austerity and debt-write off. This was just an election narrative that captured the hearts of the Greek electorate and, surprisingly, dazzled large majority of the pundits, commentators and economists in Europe. As good as it gets As financial analysts are explaining, countries like Italy, Spain, and Portugal… » read more
In the coming decade we will likely witness the first practical developments of the strategy of the German government: Smart Factories, planning industrial manufacturing. With new technological appearances, the industrialists’ trend for efficient use of resources, and using the Internet, it is possible that we will see this in the coming years on a large… » read more
By Dim Rapidis The pressure on the new Greek government is immense since the first day in power. The question is not whether Greece will stay or leave Eurozone, but whether Greece as sovereign state has the right to take a rational decision.
On Monday January 26 the European Council released the Statement of the Heads of States or Governments pointing out the growing concern on political and military developments in Ukraine. In the Statement the Council also underlined that the EU should consider taking and implementing new sanctions against Russia if it considers it appropriate. While such… » read more
There has been much euphoria across Europe since Sunday’s elections in Greece. Alexis Tsipras, his boyish face fresh with triumph, hails a new era not just for Greece but the entire European continent no less. Man, this man is on fire. Just look at his rhetoric… “The Greece of the elite has been defeated.” “The… » read more
By Sarantis Michalopoulos Since two months now intense rumours are being circulated in Athens that the current Greek Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, is intending to quit from the European Commission and run for the Presidency of Greece.