UK Greece

Pyrrhic Victory Over Greek Monster

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Without a deal between Athens and Brussels and the IMF on economic reforms and repayments of loans within the next couple of months a Grexit or Graccident would be the most extreme outcome. We cannot rule out that the parties will fail to find a solution seeing as how the Greeks are dawdling and in the light of the harsh words uttered by, among others, Germany.

Is There a Solution to the Greek Problem?

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Most important, even the mere consideration of a programme of this nature might change the atmosphere of the discussion. It may change the current toxic environment where everyone is pulling in opposite directions with each party losing patience with everyone else, to a constructive discussion about a long-term solution with a short-term, finite safety net.

A Celebration for Womenkind - But Not in Greece

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nikolaos Dimou

Greek women may well be asking themselves if they have any cause for celebration on the 8th March. Five years on from the country's debt crisis, International Women's Day 2015 finds women in Greece struggling with low pay, few choices and fear.

The Funding Illusion

Christopher Bacon | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

If Greece decides -- as it did -- to end austerity and solve its humanitarian crisis, then there is no reason the Greek government cannot issue credit to this end. But there is absolutely no basis for anyone to retort, "how can it be funded?"

Enough Greek Tragedy

John Watson | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics
John Watson

How Aeschylus would have loved it. No, not the details of course - quantitative easing was not really a hot topic in ancient Athens-but the sheer inevitability, the procession of cause and effect which has led to the debt crisis in Greece...

Five Countries You Should Visit in 2015

Claire Michael | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Michael

By visiting these places before they become popular you'll have the rare opportunity to enjoy them before they become overly commercial and lose some of their charm. Get your trips booked and see these beautiful countries while they're still at their best.

Eurozone Approves Greece Bailout Extension Despite 'Vague Promises'

AP | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK

Greece's creditors in the 19-country eurozone on Tuesday approved a list of reforms Athens proposed to get a 4-month extension to its bailout, which s...

'We Can't Allow The Capitalists To Unite Against Greece'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK

Politicians, trade union leaders and other activists were among hundreds who gathered in London today for a rally in support of Greece's new governing...

Syriza Fights For All Of Us and We Must Fight For Them

John Wight | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
John Wight

A seminal moment in Greece's long history had arrived, with hope replacing despair and optimism in place of the oppression that had reduced life for millions to a struggle for survival.

Greece Is No Poker Game - We're All Standing on a Cliff's Edge

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Everyone is portraying it as a game of poker. They couldn't be more mistaken. It seems impossible to get Greece off the front pages of the newspapers. And so it should be. The current untenable situation poses an existential threat to the European Union. Many are treating this as a game of bluff and double bluff...

Greek Election Prompts This Very Bleak Prediction

PA | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics

It is only "a matter of time" before Greece is forced out of the eurozone, ex-US central bank chief Alan Greenspan predicted as George Osborne said Br...

Time to Modernise Politics and Reform Flawed Voting System

Mark Serwotka | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

What we have is bland and complacent two-dimensional politics, where Tories and Labour vie for a mythical centre ground and target policies at handfuls of voters in marginal seats. A fairer system would genuinely shake this consensus and could help diminish the concept of the protest vote, sidelining those who play the system only to stoke fear, hatred and suspicion.

Greek Debt in a Nutshell

Ian Baxter | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

New Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is cutting a dash as he jets around Europe economy class. It certainly makes a change to see a leader so seemingly down to earth even if I think he'd look more credible with his shirt tucked in. But as the rest of the Eurozone wonders how to solve a problem called Syriza what are the rights and wrongs of this situation and where can the solution be found?

High Stakes Game of Euro Chicken

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Left-wing Syriza lead by Alexis Tsipras has not wasted time after winning the Greek elections: he formed a coalition with the right-wing anti-bailout Independent Greeks and the new government is now involved in a very high-stakes game of chicken with the Troika (the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF).

The Return of the ''Left'': Observations from a Tumultuous Week in Greek Politics

Dr Ioannis Christodoulou | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Dr Ioannis Christodoulou

The new government is clearly stating its European focus and determination to stay in the union of Europe. The big challenge is how the new government will ensure the continuation of payments by the creditors and at the same time the re-negotiation of the terms without asking for a write-off.

The Downing Street Catwalk Verdict You Won't See In The Daily Mail...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK

Sashaying down the Downing Street catwalk, Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis set Westminster tongues wagging with his untucked shirt, sweeping b...

No One Has Ever Come To Meet George Osborne Looking Like This Before

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK

Sashaying up the Downing Street catwalk like a meeting with the Chancellor was meerly an after-thought following a big night on the London tiles, Gree...

Greece's Radical New Finance Minister Roars Up For Osborne Meeting

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics

One rides a 1300 CC Yamaha motorbike, gets mobbed for selfies, writes a cutting-edge blog and calls Greece's bailout terms "fiscal waterboarding" . ...

This Spanish Party Could Shake The Whole Of Europe

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK

A wave of anti-austerity fervour continues to sweep through southern Europe, as tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a sh...

The Greek People Have Punctured the Smugness of the 'Moneymen'

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

The humiliation of Greece by foreign politicians and unelected bodies, dictating what Greece must do regardless of what harm it causes its people, must be too much to bear in a country that gave the world the concept of democracy.

Don't Let the Ridiculous Smears Fool You: Syriza Is No Party of the Radical 'Far Left'

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

What is "extreme" about providing free electricity and food stamps to 300,000 Greek families now living below the poverty line, as Syriza has pledged to do? Syriza's programme of debt relief, fiscal stimulus and financial support for the poorest, rather than the richest, is mainstream macroeconomics. The party is merely planning to do what the textbooks suggest.

What the Greek Result Means for the British Election

Stuart Thomson | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

The Greek elections really show that politics can generate interest and excitement. In their hearts, electorates really want their Governments to govern and to do things. It may suit Nick Clegg to try for honesty with the electorate about can and cannot be achieved by Government but Greece shows that sometimes they want dynamism and action.

Uncomfortably Numb - Attitudes to Politics

Sara Damergi | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Sara Damergi

The question is do we really need to feel a sense of fear or discomfort to become truly engaged in politics? Do we want to be numb to what's truly going on and get distracted by reports in mainstream tabloid media putting the blame on the overused and now farcical phrase and sentiment of: "its the immigrants coming over here and nicking our jobs?"

Lessons the UK Can Learn From Greece

Angus Campbell | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Angus Campbell

Now that the Greek General Election is out of the way we can focus on the UK one, which as we've been constantly reminded is less than 100 days away. As the focus on politics increases we can not only draw some comparisons to the Greek situation, but learn some lessons from them as well.

7 Things You Should Know About Greece's Cool New Finance Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics

Anti-austerity party Syriza has swept into power in Greece, with leader Alexis Tsipras now leading a coalition government with the Independent Greeks....