Tag Archives for Greece

The Coming Crisis: The migrant crisis and the future of the European project

Nicola Phillips

The economic, political and social consequences of failing to respond effectively to the migrant crisis risk accelerating European disintegration Digesting the relentless news stories about the devastating numbers of lives lost in the Mediterranean, the living conditions endured by the human beings seeking passage into and across Europe, and the increasingly incoherent political responses of European leaders, there can be … Continue reading

8 June 2016 by
Categories: Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment, The coming crisis | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A letter from Lesvos

Dimitris Ballas

The inspiring humanity of many ordinary European citizens in the face of the refugee crisis contrasts shockingly with the limited actions of European governments I am writing this post at the beginning of 2016 in my office at the University of the Aegean, part of which is situated on the island of Lesvos, near to Turkey. I’ve been working at … Continue reading

6 January 2016 by
Categories: Europe and the EU, Global crisis, Inequality, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greece’s 3rd MoU: a one-way street?

Alexandros Kyriakidis

Syriza’s post-referendum agreement with the Troika stands as a ‘tombstone’ over potential alternatives to the Eurozone’s ordoliberal foundations The Eurozone crisis has brought about fundamental changes in the EU framework of governance. Overall, the founding ordoliberal model, often closely and correctly linked to the ideational hegemony of Germany, has been strengthened. Despite argumentation, by early 2015 all member-states had eventually … Continue reading

27 October 2015 by
Categories: Economics, Europe and the EU, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

What is meant by the centre in political analysis?

Tony Payne

There are good grounds for thinking that the concept rests at heart on an acceptance of what Weber called ‘an ethic of responsibility’ All the talk at the moment is about the centre ground in politics, especially in Britain but also more widely too in other parts of Europe. Conventionally, this is understood as the central part of an ideological … Continue reading

21 October 2015 by
Categories: Political theory, Social science, SPERI Comment, Tony Payne | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The self-protection of European society (inside and outside the EU)

Owen Parker

Growing political turmoil in Greece, Spain and Turkey could be a precursor to a Polanyian ‘great transformation’ away from neoliberalism Many commentators on the global financial crisis and its aftermath in the European context have sought to make sense of the widespread political resistance and protest that has emerged in its wake.  Karl Polanyi, a well-known figure among political economists, … Continue reading

24 September 2015 by
Categories: Europe and the EU, Global crisis, Political theory, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SPERI in Greece: ‘The Political Economy of Crisis in South Europe’

SPERI co-organised two events in Thessaloniki in Greece this week in conjunction with The South-East Europe Research Centre (SEERC), the research hub of City College, Thessaloniki, which is the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield. The first event, which took place on Wednesday 9 September, was an authors’ workshop bringing together the research team that for the past two … Continue reading

11 September 2015 by
Categories: News | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

The real political economy of Ireland

Neil Dooley

Contrary to official EU claims, Ireland tells a cautionary tale, undeserving of its current poster-child status As Greece has been gradually and then suddenly disintegrating, the European Union has recruited Ireland as its pin-up for austerity.  Patronising images of Greece as the eurozone’s impetulant child are communicated by European political figures with ever diminishing subtlety.  In contrast, Ireland is held … Continue reading

2 September 2015 by
Categories: Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Vorsprung durch Technik?  Germany and the Eurozone crisis

Simon Bulmer

Key aspects of Germany’s approach to the Eurozone crisis are structural, but they still have a ‘dark side’ So, Greece managed to make its loan repayments (€750m to the IMF) on 11 May 2015. However, the road ahead remains arduous, with almost daily speculation about GREXIT.  Relations with Germany were never going to be easy, given their governments’ diametrically opposed … Continue reading

27 May 2015 by
Categories: Debt, Economics, Europe and the EU, Finance, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Evaluating the first three months of the Syriza government in Greece

‘Politics is not the art of the possible.  It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.’ – J. K. Galbraith The Syriza-led coalition government, which was the outcome of the Greek national elections on 25 January 2015, has just completed three months in office.  As its deliberations with the institutions (the so-called troika) are now entering their most … Continue reading

6 May 2015 by
Categories: Employment, Europe and the EU, Finance, Inequality, SPERI Comment, Tax, Welfare | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Greece’s crisis without end?

Nick Williams and Tim Vorley

The new Syriza government needs to focus as much on the regeneration of the competitiveness of the Greek economy as it does on immediate debt relief In one of the most closely watched European elections ever, the results are in from Greece.  Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing anti-austerity Syriza party, has been sworn in as Prime Minister after forming … Continue reading

28 January 2015 by
Categories: Debt, Economics, Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment, Tax, Welfare | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

SPERI research project on Greece, Spain and Turkey: ‘In’ and ‘Out’ of the ‘Eurocrisis’

SPERI Director, Professor Tony Payne, spent three days in Thessaloniki last week leading the mid-term meeting of a new SPERI research project that is examining the contrasting political economies of Greece, Spain and Turkey ‘in’ and ‘out’ of the ‘Eurocrisis’ of the last few years. He was accompanied by Dr Owen Parker, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield. … Continue reading

16 September 2014 by
Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Ann Pettifor to speak at SPERI Inaugural Conference

Not long to go now. We hope you are looking forward to the SPERI conference as much as we are! Unfortunately, Lord Robert Skidelsky has been called to join a group of economists in Greece in July to advise political leaders on the crisis and obviously, in the present circumstances, we understand this is a task he must not refuse. Instead, however, … Continue reading

1 June 2012 by
Categories: Conference 2012, Events, International Advisory Board | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can growth come out of austerity? Lord Skidelsky announces title of his conference speech

In the wake of recent events in Greece, SPERI Co-director Colin Hay spoke live on BBC Radio 5 this week about the consequences of the Greek election, prospects for Greece’s exit from the Eurozone & the implications for the Euro. With this in mind, and warnings of  a second credit crunch in Europe in the news today, the subject of … Continue reading

17 May 2012 by
Categories: Colin Hay, Conference 2012, International Advisory Board | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment