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Bad things can still happen to ‘good pupils’ in the Eurozone

Neil Dooley

Portugal’s aspirant ‘good behaviour’ has contributed not only to its recent political crisis, but also its longstanding economic woes Portugal’s political elites, such as Luís Marques Guedes, are often eager to let the world know that they are the hardworking ‘ants’ of Aesop’s fable, while ‘the Greeks are grass-hoppers’ who have failed to plan for the future.  In a thematically … Continue reading

9 December 2015 by
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Chávez vs UKIP? How Latin America has reinvigorated the European left

Asa Cusack

Radical left parties, Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, did well in the recent European elections.  But how far can they go?  And what are the lessons for the UK? The numbers speak for themselves.  Though currently in opposition, both its plurality in European elections and recent polling suggest that Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) will soon become … Continue reading

13 August 2014 by
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