Archive for the 'Greek crisis' Category :

Greek elections: a rotten dilemma or a chance for a new Europe?

Posted by Konstandinos Diamandouros on 05/05/12

The coalition government stitched together by Lucas Papademos has successfully concluded its mandate and, as agreed, the Greek political system is headed for a snap election on 6 May.   These are being described as the most important elections in Greece in the last thirty years, whose results may determine not only Greece’s place in [...]

EU fiscal union and the democratic process: drawing the red line

Posted by Konstandinos Diamandouros on 03/03/12

The European Union has always been considered a union of sovereign democratic nations. In fact, democracy is regarded as a sine qua non for EU membership as clearly stipulated in article 1a of the Lisbon Treaty which reads ‘The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy…..’. Yet, never before [...]

The Greek crisis as a potential catalyst for the revival of national animosity

Posted by Konstandinos Diamandouros on 20/02/12

On 15 Febuary, I was listening to Nigel Farage’s intervention in the European Parliament about the Greek crisis…).   For those not familiar with the name, MEP Farage is leader of the UK Independence Party and President of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Party in the EP.   Have long considered myself an enthusiastic [...]