Juncker urged to revive ‘Social Europe’ model

Juncker urged to revive ‘Social Europe’ model. by Benjamin Fox   The ‘Social Europe’ model must be revived if the EU is to avoid lumbering itself with low social mobility and other economic millstones, according to a report published Monday (23 February) by Brussels-based think-tank Friends of Europe. The ‘Unequal Europe’ report is the product … More Juncker urged to revive ‘Social Europe’ model

Varoufakis Keeps Greece in the Eurozone, by its Fingernails  » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Varoufakis Keeps Greece in the Eurozone, by its Fingernails  » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names. Mike Whitney It’s not easy to negotiate with a gun to your head.  Nevertheless, that’s the situation Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis found himself in on Friday preceding a crucial meeting with the Eurogroup. According to one report, the objective of the last-ditch confab  … More Varoufakis Keeps Greece in the Eurozone, by its Fingernails  » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

The scathing letter of Syriza MP and Economist, Costas Lapavitsas

Originally posted on The Greek Analyst:
Earlier today, Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics at SOAS and influential MP of Syriza, wrote a scathing letter in his blog addressed towards his entire party. Lapavitsas, who belongs in Syriza’s hardliners, says some extremely interesting things. Following Manolis Glezos, John Milios, Sofia Sakorafa (and Mikis Theodorakis!), who have already expressed their…

The Trouble with Dijsselbloem | Jacobin

The Trouble with Dijsselbloem | Jacobin. by Pepijn Brandon Ever since his infamous half-handshake with Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister and temporary chair of the eurogroup, has been the target of justified scorn. But with the Greek government blackmailed into submission yesterday, he is now enjoying his finest moment. … More The Trouble with Dijsselbloem | Jacobin

How Greece Got Outmaneuvered – The New Yorker

How Greece Got Outmaneuvered – The New Yorker. By John Cassidy To the surprise of nobody except a few alarmists, the finance ministers of the European Union reached a deal with Greece on Friday, extending the country’s existing bailout until the early summer. Greece’s new left-wing Syriza government had been telling everyone for weeks that … More How Greece Got Outmaneuvered – The New Yorker

Greek Bailout Extension Deal Represents a “Significant Retreat” by the European Authorities, CEPR Co-Director Says | Press Releases

Greek Bailout Extension Deal Represents a “Significant Retreat” by the European Authorities, CEPR Co-Director Says | Press Releases. Washington, D.C.- A deal reached between the Greek government and European authorities represents a “significant retreat” by the so-called troika and “shows that their austerity program, which has failed miserably, is no longer politically enforceable,” Center for … More Greek Bailout Extension Deal Represents a “Significant Retreat” by the European Authorities, CEPR Co-Director Says | Press Releases

Greece deal is first step on the road back to austerity | Business | The Guardian

Philip Inman – The Guardian The rightwing orthodoxy that dominates thinking in Brussels has asserted itself over the hapless Greeks. A deal that allows the eurozone policymakers, the International Monetary Fund and the government of Athens to keep talking next week is the first stage in a clampdown on anti-austerity sentiment. Eurozone chiefs strike deal … More Greece deal is first step on the road back to austerity | Business | The Guardian

Germany’s New Far Right | Jacobin

Germany’s New Far Right | Jacobin. by Anthony Fano Fernandez The gap between ideology and reality could not be any more jarring: according to a European Center for Economic Research study made public in November, immigrants contribute a net plus to Germany’s welfare and social security systems. The report’s author, economist Holger Bonin, demonstrates that … More Germany’s New Far Right | Jacobin

The pro-worker, pro-growth experiment in Greece is under threat | Senator Bernie Sanders | Comment is free | The Guardian

The pro-worker, pro-growth experiment in Greece is under threat | Senator Bernie Sanders | Comment is free | The Guardian. While the wealthiest 85 individuals on the planet own more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population – and when the top 1% will soon own more wealth than the bottom 99% – … More The pro-worker, pro-growth experiment in Greece is under threat | Senator Bernie Sanders | Comment is free | The Guardian

Germany faces impossible choice as Greek austerity revolt spreads – Telegraph

Germany faces impossible choice as Greek austerity revolt spreads – Telegraph.   By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard The political centre across southern Europe is disintegrating. Establishment parties of centre-left and centre-right – La Casta, as they say in Spain – have successively immolated themselves enforcing EMU debt-deflation. Spain’s neo-Bolivarian Podemos party refuses to fade. It has endured … More Germany faces impossible choice as Greek austerity revolt spreads – Telegraph