From Nazi to Terminator, Europe’s media target Merkel

By Madeline Chambers (Reuters) – Demonised in Europe’s media as a red-eyed Terminator robot, a flabby centre-fold pinup and a fleshy Roman god eating Greeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become the subject of a new wave of vitriol for her tough stance on the euro zone crisis. Already a figure of hate in Greece … Continue reading

Solidarity is Europe’s only hope

by James K. Galbraith In an opinion piece for DW’s Transatlantic Voices column, James K. Galbraith argues that neither growth nor austerity are the right remedies for the eurozone crisis. Instead, the focus should be on solidarity. The austerity moment is passing. Britain’s double-dip recession and Europe’s 11 percent unemployment show where austerity leads. Public … Continue reading

Angela Merkel’s mania for austerity is destroying Europe

The German Chancellor is terminating growth and pushing us towards a new Depression. BY MEHDI HASAN Which world leader poses the biggest threat to global order and prosperity? The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Wrong. Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu? Nope. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un? Wrong again.

Those Revolting Europeans

The French are revolting. The Greeks, too. And it’s about time. Both countries held elections Sunday that were in effect referendums on the current European economic strategy, and in both countries voters turned two thumbs down. It’s far from clear how soon the votes will lead to changes in actual policy, but time is clearly … Continue reading

Greek election: Syriza ‘to tear up EU austerity deal’

The leader of Greece’s left-wing Syriza bloc has said he will try to form a coalition based on tearing up the terms of the EU/IMF bailout deal. Alexis Tsipras, whose bloc came second in Sunday’s vote, said Greek voters had “clearly nullified the loan agreement”. He has three days to reach a coalition deal and … Continue reading

Anti-austerity leader Alexis Tsipras threatens Greek coalition

Standing on the podium in his trademark open-neck shirt and dark suit, Alexis Tsipras clenched his fist and bellowed at the crowd. “For two years they have taken decisions without asking us,” the leftist leader boomed. “The Greek people didn’t give them the mandate to take those decisions. In the birthplace of democracy, there is … Continue reading

Greece: Civil war, but not as you know it

London, United Kingdom – On April 1, 2012 two ministers of the Greek coalition government held a joint press conference: Michalis Chrisochoidis, minister for Citizen Protection (administering the police) and Andreas Loverdos, minister for Health and Social Solidarity, called for an immediate addressing of the issue of undocumented migration in the country. The migrants’ presence had … Continue reading

Fascism rises from the depths of Greece’s despair

It started, as many days do in Greece, with a trip to the kiosk to buy cigarettes. Still half-asleep, Panayiotis Roumeliotis was surprised to be asked to show his identity card by two young men with shaved heads. It was his first direct contact with the vigilante groups that have become a feature of everyday … Continue reading

‘Sacrificed for a future that never came’: Family tragedy tells the story of Greece

Aigio, Greece (CNN) — The bank where she died in Athens is still shrouded in green tarpaulin and boarded off with corrugated iron. Graffiti scrawled in black across the front reads: “Traitors” and “killers.” This is where Angeliki Papathanasopoulou put in 12-hour days as a financial analyst at Marfin Egnatia Bank, working not only for the … Continue reading

Greece: income down 25% in 2011, says OECD

Central bank predicts further 20% fall in 2013-14 (ANSAmed) – ATHENS – Despite the severe austerity measures imposed by the government in Athens, in line with international creditors, in a bid to restore to health the country’s disastrous national accounts, the recession in Greece is being felt with increasing force. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation … Continue reading