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Reflections on the Eurozone crisis: austerity, neo-liberal restructuring and resistance.

Reflections on the Eurozone crisis: austerity, neo-liberal restructuring and resistance. | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

Over the last 14 months, I have published several posts dealing with aspects of the Eurozone crisis and the struggle against the imposition of austerity across Europe. In this post, I will bring them together in one narrative. My general focus is on uneven and combined development in Europe as the underlying structural dynamic of the crisis, neo-liberal restructuring and its limits, the move towards authoritarian government as well as issues of resistance in the European core and periphery.

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An excellent round-up of innovative posts about the eurozone crisis. A must for anyone who wants to understand how we got here, why, and what may need to happen to take things in a different direction.

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Greece’s port in a storm: anger as Syriza stops China extending hold on Piraeus

Greece’s port in a storm: anger as Syriza stops China extending hold on Piraeus | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Beijing-run side of harbour is thriving but new government has pulled plug on plans for more foreign buyouts
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Athens raids public health coffers in hunt for cash - FT.com

Athens raids public health coffers in hunt for cash - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Greece’s government has raided the coffers of its public health service and the Athens metro as it widens a hunt for funds to keep itself afloat and service debts. Athens faces a €1.7bn bill for wages and pensions at the end of the month and then a €
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Savvas Robolis: It΄s the European South that sustains the North, not the other way around"

Savvas Robolis: It΄s the European South that sustains the North, not the other way around" | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
A long-time researcher of Greece΄s labour and financial issues who is running with SYRIZA for a seat in Brussels, talks to TPPi about misconceptions, botched forecasts and Europe΄s necessary paradigm shift.
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Thessaloniki Water Company makes human right to water and sanitation a reality for the poor

Thessaloniki Water Company makes human right to water and sanitation a reality for the poor | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
(18 March 2015) After the victory of Syriza in the elections in Greece a more social policy was promised to the people that suffered from austerity measures imposed by the Troika.
The Thessaloniki water company EYATh immediately put this into practice. It introduced social tariffs that allow poor people to receive 30 m3 water free of charge per semester (4 months period)
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Greece: Phase Two

Greece: Phase Two | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

Greek MP Costas Lapavitsas on the economic barriers ahead for Syriza and the challenges of eurozone exit.

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Excellent interview with Costas Lapavitsas discussing the short-to-medium term prospects for Greece and Syriza after the bailout package was extended by four months.

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What is corporatization? The ‘new’ look of water and power utilities

What is corporatization? The ‘new’ look of water and power utilities | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

Governments around the world are taking back control of services which had been sold or contracted out to the private sector, with the overall number of public enterprises increasing worldwide over the past decade. Corporatization has become one of the most popular forms of this renewed interest in government ownership. Corporatized agencies are fully owned and operated by the state but have separate legal and financial status.

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Thoughts on ‘how to win’: the water struggle in Greece | ROAR Magazine

Thoughts on ‘how to win’: the water struggle in Greece | ROAR Magazine | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
What does it take for a movement to actually win? Organizers in the campaign against water privatization in Greece share their story and their strategy.
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Greece’s solidarity movement: ‘it’s a whole new model – and it’s working’

Greece’s solidarity movement: ‘it’s a whole new model – and it’s working’ | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Citizen-run health clinics, food centres, kitchens and legal aid hubs have sprung up to fill the gaps left by austerity – and now look set to play a bigger role under a Syriza government
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More discussion of resistance to austerity.

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The View from the Grassroots: An Interview with Giorgos Gogos on SYRIZA’s Election Victory in Greece

The View from the Grassroots:  An Interview with Giorgos Gogos on SYRIZA’s Election Victory in Greece | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
We feel that hope has come and we think it’s a great opportunity for the working class to start breathing. Now we are fighting from a better position, but we are still fighting.
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An interview with a trade union leader

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EBRD to invest in Greece

EBRD to invest in Greece | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
The EBRD will start investing in Greece on a temporary basis in response to a request from the Greek authorities for the Bank to support reforms and a return to economic growth.
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A closer look at Greece’s proposed reforms - FT.com

A closer look at Greece’s proposed reforms - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Greece’s new leftwing Syriza government has talked of killing the country’s current bailout deal. Yet many of the reform pledges it spelt out in a letter to the eurogroup on Tuesday bear a striking resemblance to those made but not implemented by
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Syriza Can Show Another Energy is Possible

Syriza Can Show Another Energy is Possible | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
During its first days in office, Syriza has taken actions that suggest it is willing to confront the EU's neoliberal approach to energy and to embark on a new course. New Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has also stated his government will restore collective bargaining agreements and stop 300,000 planned layoffs.
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Alexis Tsipras begins rolling back Greek austerity policies

Alexis Tsipras begins rolling back Greek austerity policies | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
New prime minister says there is no time to waste, as privatisation programme demanded by EU and IMF is put on hold
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Greek companies: after the storm - FT.com

Greek companies: after the storm - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
What happens to Greek companies if the country leaves the currency union? The question has received little attention, perhaps because non-bank companies operating mainly in Greece are small in global terms, with a total market capitalisation of $31bn
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China Wants to Buy Europe

China Wants to Buy Europe | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
There are good reasons for a Chinese state company to buy tire maker Pirelli, but European governments should be wary of such deals.
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Interview of Professor Christos Gortsos, General Secretary of the Hellenic Bank Association, to the Crisis Observatory

Interview of Professor Christos Gortsos, General Secretary of the Hellenic Bank Association, to the Crisis Observatory | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Could you briefly describe the ways in which the Greek banking system was influenced by the crisis? First of all, we should clarify that over the past 7-8 years we have gone through two separate crises. The first one, i.e.
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The poor have paid for the crisis, says new study

The poor have paid for the crisis, says new study | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
A new study entitled “Greece: Solidarity and Adjustment in Times of Crisis,” by Tassos Giannitsis and Stavros Zografakis,with the support of the Macroeconomic Policy Institute in Düsseldorf concluded that the increased Greek tax burden has fallen overwhelmingly on low income households
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Greece taps public sector cash to help cover March needs - sources

Greece taps public sector cash to help cover March needs - sources | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece is tapping into the cash reserves of pension funds and public sector entities through repo transactions as it scrambles to cover its funding needs this month, debt officials told
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English | Europoly

English | Europoly | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

PRIVATISATION UNDER THE TROIKA - Since the beginning of the Eurozone crisis, countries have to carry out extensive privatisations in return for the Troika's bailout loans. In Portugal and Greece especially, oligarchs, large corporations and investors are making cheap purchases, hoping for huge profits. So begins a gigantic game of Monopoly. But there is one crucial difference to the family board game: the rules of Europoly already state who will win and who will lose. An instruction manual.

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Resist and transform: the struggle for water in Greece | Red Pepper

Resist and transform: the struggle for water in Greece | Red Pepper | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
A combination of opposing privatisation and putting forward practical alternatives is helping water campaigners mount an effective challenge to austerity in Greece. Hilary Wainwright reports
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Modalities of solidarity in Greece: a civil society at the cross-roads

Modalities of solidarity in Greece: a civil society at the cross-roads | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
By Giota Alevizou As Greece has yet again become the epicentre of the European debt crisis, with collective negotiations for a fairer deal culminating before the end of February, its plight for sur...
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Excellent discussion of the various organisations that are responding to the crisis in Greece, Will be invaluable for locating different actors to talk to during fieldwork.

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Greek Golden Dawn member arrested over murder of leftwing hip-hop artist

Greek Golden Dawn member arrested over murder of leftwing hip-hop artist | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Police raid offices of far-right party after fatal stabbing of musician and anti-fascist activist Pavlos Fyssas
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Greece to stop privatisations as Syriza faces backlash on deal - Telegraph

Greece to stop privatisations as Syriza faces backlash on deal - Telegraph | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
The Syriza leadership risks falling between two stools as it tries chip away at the austerity regime without triggering Greece's ejection from the euro
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EP starts own-initiative for “right2water”

EP starts own-initiative for “right2water” | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
The European Parliament Committee for Environment (ENVI) has started an “own-initiative” on our ECI right2water, because it shared our conclusion that the response of the European Commission was disappointing and not in accordance to such a successful European Citizens’ Initiative!
 
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Syriza and the rent-seekers

Syriza and the rent-seekers | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
His defiant rhetoric will have gone down well not just in Greece but also with some of the political left in Europe and beyond. Some politicians and commentators have elevated the dispute between Athens and the rest of the eurozone – usually shortened to Greece vs Germany – as a battle between the progressive and reactionary forces for the soul of Europe, a fiscal Spanish Civil War for the 21st century. The difficulty with this analysis is that Greece’s structural problems – wh
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A good short blog post about the role of clientelism in Greece and how structural problems are real. The point of change is what direction will it move in, genuine change in a more progressive manner, or towards reverting back to the old ways pre Troika. 

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