June 5, 2014  /  No Comments ››

The New York Times:”As Goes Greece, So Goes Europe?” by Nikos Konstandaras

Greece has been at the epicenter of the European debt crisis, and in many ways, the political fallout here reflects the surge of extreme-left and extreme-right forces that the Continent witnessed in the elections for the European Parliament.
As in Greece, the center-left and center-right groups that form the core of national and European Union… more politics have seen their power eroded by the rise of extremist parties very different from one another, united only by their rejection of the way things are, both at home and in the European Union.
While Europe struggles to cope with the economic

June 2, 2014  /  No Comments ››

Elena Panaritis : “Bruised and confused: why Greeks voted against the gods of Europe” (The Guardian)
Elena Panaritis
Bruised and confused: why Greeks voted against the gods of Europe
Ravaged by austerity measures and caricatured as lousy managers and born tax evaders, the Greek electorate went left and right in their efforts to say no to the EU

In last month’s elections a majority of Greeks – now routinely depicted by the gods of Europe as lousy managers and born tax-evaders – reacted by shunning the pro-EU parties. They made the anti-European and populist left and far-right parties the rising stars at the polls. Even Syriza… more, the radical (though not so radical any more)