The goal remains the same

Even before her poor performance at the polls, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decisions and policies vis-a-vis Greece were often influenced by domestic and even regional political developments and concerns. This will be the case even more so now.

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As ‘gate of Europe,’ Greece is also an ISIS target


Europe needs to prepare for more attacks by Islamic fundamentalists and new types of attacks, warns the chair of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, Francois Heisbourg, who is visiting Athens at the invitation of local think tank Network for Reform in Greece and Europe.

COMMENT Politics

Political transformation


Our creditors and our partners marvel at what has been happening in Greece over the past two years. They wonder how it is possible to impose such deep cuts to pensions and enact such labor reforms, among so much more, yet still be standing.


Silence is golden

In Greece, political stars frequently rise on the morning TV talk show circuit. This is often how many members of the public become familiar with them. Many of these same people then begin to believe what these personalities say and end up voting for them come election time.


No progress on corruption

A large part of the state revenues lost to undeclared and illegal products and imports concerns the fuel and tobacco (or tobacco products) trade, areas where corruption and crime are rife.


Moving beyond just promises

The government appears ready to take the necessary steps for the resumption two major – or emblematic, as they could be described – investment projects that have been mired in red tape.

COMMENT Politics

The German election


Germans head to the polls this Sunday in a dull and almost indifferent atmosphere that is a far cry from the emotions and tensions that characterized the Austrian, Dutch and French elections. Perhaps boredom is a side effect of stability. However, serious issues in the European Union have been left hanging.



Tsipras welcomes Eurogroup chief in Athens

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomes Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem at his office in the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Monday. [Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]