Greece

Harris Mylonas 27 Sep 2017
(Foreign Affairs) Every year in early September, Greece kicks off its political season with an address from the prime minister at the start of the Thessaloniki International Fair. This year was no different. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras opened the event with an optimistic talk about the recovering economy, and how Greece would soon “graduate” from the bailout agreements. He claimed that his government had acquired valuable experience from...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
(PONARS Policy Memo) Southern Europe has been a new area of focus for the Sino-Russian partnership in recent years. Cultural and religious ties with Orthodox majority states have long given Russia a special role in the region, but China is a newer player. Although each country has its own independent reasons for engaging economically with southern Europe—for China, it is the destination for its Belt and Road Initiative, while for Russia, the region...
Harris Mylonas 17 Nov 2016
(Foreign Affairs) (Co-authored by A. Georgakellos) This week, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and U.S. President Barack Obama met in Greece. During the last such visit, when President Bill Clinton ventured there in 1999, Tsipras was out on the streets of Athens, protesting. Things have changed. This time, Tsipras warmly welcomed the U.S. leader and they agreed on a common message: less austerity and more policies to induce growth....
Harris Mylonas 24 Aug 2015
(Washington Post) (Co-authored with A. Georgakellos) Greece is headed for snap elections in September, less than eight months since its last parliamentary elections. For the past five years, Greece’s internal political competition has centered around its financial crisis — and more specifically, around whether the nation should accept the austere bailout terms offered by the European Union “troika” of...
Pavel Baev 15 Jul 2015
(EDM) It was a rare coincidence in world politics that two pivotal and protracted negotiation processes—the European Union’s talks with Greece on managing its debt, and the “P5+1” talks on managing the Iranian nuclear program—both culminated in crucial agreements at the start of this week (July 13–14). Russia was a party (albeit not a very active one by the end) to the bargaining with Iran, but not with Greece (while...
Harris Mylonas 14 Jul 2015
(Foreign Affairs) As the Greek negotiating team was preparing its latest reform proposal for the country’s creditors, I was walking to the Montparnasse metro station in Paris on my way to the Council for European Studies conference held at Sciences Po. At the station, a woman my age was standing behind the ticket booth. In her attempt to help me buy the most appropriate tickets for the next three days, I (apologetically) revealed to her that I am...
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Pavel Baev 10 Jul 2015
(Brookings) The striking outcome of this Sunday’s Greek referendum is that the collective attitude departed so decisively from common sense. The question on the ballot was convoluted, but the voters were well-informed about the EU’s demands. Having spent a week lining up at ATMs, Greeks grasped the reality of the coming bankruptcy—and yet, they chose to reject the clear demands of their creditors. One important part of the explanation...
PONARS Eurasia 18 Jun 2015
(Business Recorder) President Vladimir Putin will showcase plans for a Russian recovery to investors at a key economic forum this week, signing a major gas deal with Greece as it teeters on the brink of default. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet Putin on Friday at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, making his second visit to Russia in less than three months.  Once billed as Russia's answer to Davos, this year's...

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