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Austerity’s children becoming Europe’s “lost generation”

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Austerity’s children becoming Europe’s “lost generation”

Children across Europe are being driven into poverty by harsh government austerity and youth unemployment is soaring, threatening to create "lost generations" that could fire up a new continental crisis. Global charity Caritas said on Thursday that around three out of every 10 children in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain are in or have [...]

February 14, 2013 Author: Claire Davenport

After the sin

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After the sin

On February 1, Jerry Rice, spokesman for the IMF in Washington, admitted on behalf of the organization, that the “support” programs for Greece and southern Europe were wrong from the beginning, that they do not stabilize but finish off the respective economies, that they increase the deficits and debt burden. [...]

February 8, 2013 Author: Kostas Vergopoulos

Interview with Aditya Chakrabortty

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Interview with Aditya Chakrabortty

Some months ago, the British newspaper Guardian decided to focus on the EU periphery – the so-called PIGS of the European integration. Instead of sending just another journalist, the journal chose to assign the mission to its economics leader writer. Aditya Chakrabortty has been turned into a sort of "war correspondent" of the financial crisis [...]

January 29, 2013 Author: Aris Xatzistefanou

Portugal: Playing government

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Portugal: Playing government

“Perhaps the most important question one should be asking regarding the IMF report about the Portuguese State entitled “Rethinking the State. Selected Expenditure Reform Options”, is how the IMF management can carry out such a role. A second issue, more common, would be to understand why the Portuguese government is bothered with this kind of [...]

January 10, 2013 Author: Pedro Lains

The EU does not recognise Portugal

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The EU does not recognise Portugal

It is understandable that Mrs. Merkel is not familiar with the history of the European integration ; she was living in the GDR (German Democratic Republic) and her extremism can be understood as a result of decades of frozen right-wing ideology of the eastern-European countries. But the same is unacceptable for the European Commission, who [...]

December 6, 2012 Author: O Jumento

Greece: The timeline of a revolution, 2008-2012

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Greece: The timeline of a revolution, 2008-2012

It all begins in 2008. The crisis has broken out in Europe but it seemed at the time as if it wasn’t concerning Greece… On December 6th 2008 at Exarchia a policeman raises his gun and kills in cold blood the 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The news spread through the city and within a [...]

November 27, 2012 Author: Anna Papoutsi

Greece’s 2012 election and the democratic dead-end

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Greece’s 2012 election and the democratic dead-end

The 24th of July 2012 signaled 38 years from the fall of the military dictatorship in Greece. Many refer to this date as the anniversary of “the restoration of democracy”. The election of last June, however, offers many reasons to doubt the quality of today’s democracy. [...]

August 3, 2012 Author: Sofia Tipaldou