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For small European countries such as Greece, being headline news is not a blessing. It usually means that they have suffered a major natural disaster or are wrestling with political, economic or social turmoil. Greece today is front and center in a storm of bad news.
Greece’s problem is mainly economic and the statistics are stark: […]

Posted by Couloumbis Theodore

The events of the past weeks have shown us that the loudest advocates of “rescue” packages for Greece are analysts and economists from the financial sector. Although they usually prefer singing from the hymn sheet of free market liberalism, they are now reciting the lyrics of “supporting” and “rescuing” Greece.
Their sudden clarion calls come in […]

Posted by Bastian Jens

As discussions continue on EU’s “rescuing” of Greece, one cannot help but carefully consider as to how events unfolded over the last few decades in Greece, Europe and internationally in such a way that the financial/economic integrity and existence of institutions and countries’ stability has been questioned. Greece is a “peculiar” case, with parallels in […]

Posted by Rodolakis Anthony

When Prime Minister George Papandreou announced after the special European Union Council meeting in Brussels last week that the International Monetary Fund is providing “technical expertise” to the government, some commentators inside and outside Greece seemed to be caught by surprise.
They should not have been. There was great speculation during the past weeks over when […]

Posted by Bastian Jens

In Iran the Islamic Revolution (1979) is the most significant political development in the second half of the twentieth century and the event which led to the formation of the political system of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is commemorated annually with a march to the Freedom Square (Meidan-e Azadi) in Tehran […]

Posted by Evangelos Venetis

Greece has attracted in recent weeks a great deal of rather unwanted and unsavoury attention due to its ailing state finances. The EU Council Meeting of 11 February fell short of announcing a bailout package; it stressed, however, European support for the Greek governments’ fiscal austerity programme and underlined that European authorities would support Greece’s […]

Posted by Grigoriadis Ioannis N.

‘Greek misery’, ‘Hellenic precipice’ or unwelcome comparisons with Dubai and Iceland, who both cannot repay their debts. Truly, the headlines about Greece since the start of the New Year could hardly be more telling. They are similar to a Greek tragedy. However, the final act has yet to be completed in Athens.
The macro and microeconomic […]

Posted by Bastian Jens

The twin pillars of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy framework are a willingness to negotiate with adversaries and to collaborate with other nations to bring about stability and peaceful change.
This approach is idealistic and realistic at the same time. It assumes that engagement is a necessary first step, and negotiation is always better than autistic […]

Posted by Couloumbis Theodore

The twin pillars of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy framework are a willingness to negotiate with adversaries and to collaborate with other nations to bring about stability and peaceful change.
This approach is idealistic and realistic at the same time. It assumes that engagement is a necessary first step, and negotiation is always better than autistic […]

Posted by Couloumbis Theodore