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Public admin shrinks by 11 pct during crisis, share of employment stays below EU average

Public admin shrinks by 11 pct during crisis, share of employment stays below EU average | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Greece cut its public administration workforces from 2008 to 2013 by 11 percent according to research and figures published last month by Eurofound, the EU’s research agency for social and labour-related issues.
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Contrary to what most would believe the Greek state, in terms of public administration, is understaffed, and this is having a direct effect on the ability of organisations being able to implement necessary changes. What is important to note is that the problem of the Greek public sector does not come from being too bloated in absolute terms compared to other EU countries, but is bloated because it is unable to generate the revenue to pay for it in this relative sense. 

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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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Some good insight into the structure of Greece's economy, and some of the problems its firms face in the case of an agreement not being reached.

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Dwindling pensions a sticking point in Greece bailout talks - FT.com

Dwindling pensions a sticking point in Greece bailout talks - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Michalis Akrithakis, a retired civil servant, is preparing to leave Athens to spend the summer at his family home in Crete, where his living expenses will be minimal. “Vegetables from the garden, eggs from my cousin’s chickens and backgammon in the
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A good basic insight into the highly problematic pension system in Greece.

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Syriza must let markets and meritocracy rule - FT.com

Syriza must let markets and meritocracy rule - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
The Syriza-led government caused a stir in Greece last month when it made Leonidas Bobolas, a prominent businessman, pay €1.8m in back taxes to avoid being formally charged with tax evasion. Mr Bobolas is the chief executive of Ellaktor, the country’
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By Yannis Palaiologos, on the clientelism of the Greek state and the belief that Syriza may be falling into the same trap.

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A Powerful Look Inside Austerity-Hit Greece

A Powerful Look Inside Austerity-Hit Greece | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
See a humbling, intense meditation on the fragility of social cohesion
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A set of photos that may be of use in presentations, etc.

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A New Deal for Greece

A New Deal for Greece | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Though three months of negotiations between the Greek government and its European and international partners have brought about much convergence, they have not yet produced an agreement. What steps are needed to produce a viable, mutually acceptable reform agenda?
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The illusion of pursuing equality through a hollowed-out state

The illusion of pursuing equality through a hollowed-out state | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

This post considers whether, despite growing public concern about the rise and implications of inequality, the British political economy is capable any longer of pursuing equality as a public good in any meaningful way.  The idea of the state as an entity through which we can collectively shape socio-economic reality has been delegitimised and state institutions have been hollowed-out.  Perversely, this has allowed right-wing political forces to reclaim the mantle of equality; without a positive understanding of the state, the left has little response.

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The reality of trying to build a business in Greece today - FT.com

The reality of trying to build a business in Greece today - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
As I fly out of Athens on a spring afternoon I can’t escape the thought that, in my lifetime, my country has never had it so bad. The prolonged crisis has cost us a quarter of our GDP, the state is rapidly running out of money and Greece’s isolation
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Critique of political economy of water and the collaborative alternative

Critique of political economy of water and the collaborative alternative | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

In the following, brought a critique of political economy models of current water management and the collaborative management is approached as an alternative in the context of social and solidarity economy and direct democracy, which is mainly based on democratic participation of citizens and at the same time can ensure the participation of workers and local government.

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Thousands of water cooperatives on the planet

Thousands of water cooperatives on the planet | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

Water cooperatives are not an isolated localized phenomenon. On the contrary, they thrive in countries with variable environmental and social-political-economic conditions, indicating their adaptability. Thousands examples of urban or rural water cooperatives exist in the USA, Canada, Latin America (Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Bolivia) and Europe (Finland, Denmark, Austria etc)[1]. Moreover, water cooperatives have won high marks for customer satisfaction and operational performance worldwide.

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Thessaloniki Tackles Greece’s Problems in Miniature

Thessaloniki Tackles Greece’s Problems in Miniature | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Mayor Yiannis Boutaris has shaken things up at Thessaloniki’s City Hall in bringing its budget under control, and as a result has set an example for the nation at large.
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Forced Privatizations in Greece: Suez Eyes Taking Over the Water Services of Athens and Thessaloniki

Forced Privatizations in Greece: Suez Eyes Taking Over the Water Services of Athens and Thessaloniki | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
As a condition for the Troika's financial assistance, Greece has been forced to implement a set of drastic austerity measures, including the (...)
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All about the water privatisation process.

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Vio.Me: workers’ control in the Greek crisis | ROAR Magazine

Vio.Me: workers’ control in the Greek crisis | ROAR Magazine | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
When a factory near Thessaloniki was abandoned by its owners in May 2011, the workers decided to occupy it and resume production under workers’ control.
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Only one in 10 jobless Greeks receiving unemployment benefits

Only one in 10 jobless Greeks receiving unemployment benefits | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Only one in ten of the registered unemployed in Greece are in receipt of any kind of unemployment assistance, according to new figures released by the state jobs agency OAED.
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The limits of the Greek welfare state in full view in this short piece.

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Greece seemingly has no Plan A or Plan B on debt

Greece seemingly has no Plan A or Plan B on debt | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
It owes around 324 billion euros. The government doesn’t seem to have a credible plan for reaching agreement with its creditors. Nor does it appear to have thought out how to default while containing the collateral damage.
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Whilst I don't think I would be a natural ally of this guy politically, I do agree with most of what is being said here. 

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Syriza rebels call for ‘rupture’ with Greece’s creditors - FT.com

Syriza rebels call for ‘rupture’ with Greece’s creditors - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Leaders of the hard-left faction of Greece’s Syriza party have called for a “rupture” with creditors in a public challenge to Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister, as he moves closer to a new bailout deal. The rebels include five members of Syriza’s
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The divisions within Syriza may end up being the downfall of the Party from its current governmental position.

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Greece to become first European country to recognize Human Right to Water?

Greece to become first European country to recognize Human Right to Water? | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
(18 May 2015) A year after the popular consultation that the people of Thessaloniki organised about the plans of the previous Greek government to privatise water (18 May 2014), the President of the Greek Parliament Zoi Konstantopoulou has solemnly pledged her support to the implementation of the Human Right to Water as a just societal demand. It means she will help steer an endorsement through the full Parliament. She made the announcement at a meeting of the Thessaloniki City Council and wants
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German rail strike begins to slow Europe’s powerhouse - FT.com

German rail strike begins to slow Europe’s powerhouse - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
German steelmakers said on Wednesday they were looking at switching more of their logistics to barge, truck and alternative rail carriers amid concern about a seven-day train strike The strike has paralysed commuter services and disrupted commercial
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Call for action: Human Right to Water and Sanitation into the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

Call for action: Human Right to Water and Sanitation into the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
(27 April 2015) Thanks to our joint advocacy efforts and the support of champion Member States, the human right to water was included in the outcome document of the Open Working Group, preparing for the Sustainable Development Goals. Your support to include the Human Right to Water and Sanitation made the difference. Thank you for your advocacy and support for this critical issue!
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Greece overturns civil service reforms - FT.com

Greece overturns civil service reforms - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Even as the Greek government scrambled to reach an agreement on new economic reforms with its creditors in Brussels, it began reversing similar measures agreed during previous bailout negotiations in a parliamentary session in Athens. A new law
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China's new silk road might save Greece

China's new silk road might save Greece | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
But only if Syriza lets Chinese investments revitalize the country's infrastructure.
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The referendum on the water of Thessaloniki

The referendum on the water of Thessaloniki | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
The European Water Movement is an open network of movements, social organizations, committees and unions whose goal is to reinforce the recognition of water as a commons and as a fundamental universal right.
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Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles

Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
We, social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defence of the rights to land and water, gathered in October 2014 in Dakar at the African Social Forum. We are fighting and protesting against natural resource grabbing, especially water and land grabbing of our Commons, and against the systematic violations of the associated human rights. Sharing our ideas led to acknowledgement of the essential linkage between our struggles, given the inextricable nature of land and water grabbing. We met again at the World Social Forum in Tunis in March 2015 to continue this dialogue with movements and organizations from all over the world in order to broaden this convergence.
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May Day: workers of the world unite and take over – their factories

May Day: workers of the world unite and take over – their factories | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
From Istanbul to Barcelona, the co-operative movement is flourishing as employees revive what the bosses buried
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Charting Greece's Frightening Future

Charting Greece's Frightening Future | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Greece and its creditors have undone years of confidence-building in a matter of months.
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