A timeout-proposal with consequences

Despite the tactics of brinkmanship used by all negotiation parties, the Greek government and the Eurogroup finally managed to find a general understanding on a third assistance package. However, this deal comes at a very heavy price: considering the harsh statements on the negotiation process that followed the agreement, its fallout is immense. The marathon […]

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What is happening to the soul of Europe?

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has recently published an interesting book Is Europe Losing Its Soul? The European Social Model in Times of Crisis in which the collapse of the European Social Model is investigated. Europe is clearly undergoing a period of great difficulties and controversies and the Greek case has highlighted all the contradictions […]

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Merkel’s choice between bad or worse

For Germans, the Greek crisis is again the single most important political topic. The German government finds itself in a difficult position after the Greek ‘No’ to the financial aid package. Whatever will be the result of the renewed negotiations after Sunday’s summit – a new rescue package, some form of a haircut or debt […]

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The strange alliance between Pope Francis and no logo author on environment and climate change

In the middle of the rising tension in Europe about Greece, the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean and terroristic attacks, another event attracted attention and surprised many observers: Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, addressing climate change. Yesterday’s press conference for the opening of the meeting People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course organised […]

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TTIP: not just a trade agreement

This is not a free trade agreement and you should not sign it! With these words, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz branded TTIP on 24th of September 2014 during a meeting at the Italian Parliament. As already explained in a previous post, TTIP is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently negotiated between Europe […]

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