Referendum

One year after the Greek "OXI"

Dimosthenis Papadatos Anagnostopoulos Referenda have supporters but also fanatical adversaries on both sides of the political spectrum. In the case of last year’s Greek referendum, the first one in the country since 1974, its opponents from the Right (New Democracy, but also Pasok’s social democrats and To Potami’s liberals) rejected…
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Despoina Potari: There is nothing more democratic than referendum

Despoina Potari   So detached have the Greeks been from the spirit and practice of democracy over the past years, that now, when for the first time in Greece’s modern history the opportunity arises to carry out some proper democratic political activity, now that the ‘demos’ is allowed the effective…

Nicos Sarantakos: Greferendum: The second earthquake

Nicos Sarantakos They say that editorialists, when waiting for a poll result that might go either way, are preparing two drafts of their editorial, so as to cater for either possible outcome. No such tactics would help with yesterday's Greek referendum since the polls gave a totally unexpected outcome. A…

Slavoj Žižek on GReferendum: The Greeks are correct

This is a chance for Europe to awaken. The Greeks are correct: Brussels' denial that this is an ideological question is ideology at its purest - and symptomatic of our whole political process    Slavoj Zizek   The unexpectedly strong No in the Greek referendum was a historical vote, cast in a…

Paul Krugman: Europe Wins

Paul Krugman   Tsipras and Syriza have won big in the referendum, strengthening their hand for whatever comes next. But they’re not the only winners: I would argue that Europe, and the European idea, just won big — at least in the sense of dodging a bullet. I know that’s…

Quincey: New Chapter in Game Theory: “Yourousi”

TALES FROM THE STREETS OF ATHENS-3   by  Quincey   In a not so surprising move, our beloved Yanis Baroufakis (“Baroufa” in Greek means monstrous lie) resigned this morning, securing his position as the most popular Finance Minister in the global  history of Finance Ministers. Varoufakis led the country's negotiations…

Wolfgang Münchau: Why the Yes campaign failed in Greece

Tsipras’s opponents made serial misjudgments, from the petty to the monumental   Wolfgang Münchau     It is not that hard to explain why Alexis Tsipras won the referendum by a landslide. It is a lot harder to see what’s going to happen now. His opponents, both inside Greece and…

Ögmundur Jónasson: Thank you, Greece!

 Ögmundur Jónasson When Pandora opened her box, evil in all its guises poured out into the world. In a horrified frenzy, she snapped the lid shut just in time to trap  Elpis, which we non-Greek speakers are told means “Hope”.    The Greek question is about many things. It is…

Greece's Creditors and structural violence

Despina Biri   The intransigent attitude of Greece’s creditors towards the Greek government has multiple consequences for society as well as for the government’s negotiation team. Under the present circumstances, the handling of panic and moral hazard constitutes a central concern. Yet what we are faced with has another name…

Mariya Ivancheva: The Balkans: the missing link in international solidarity?

GREFERENDUM FROM THE VIEW OF THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENTS-2 Mariya Ivancheva The negotiations of the Greek government with the Troika have shown that our ‘shared European home’ was built over financial quicksands. Yet, by 2015 it should come as no surprise that ECB, Eurogroup, and IMF readily risk a humanitarian crisis,…