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Olly Huitson, Editor

Oliver Huitson is Co-Editor at OurKingdom and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Greek elections - a chance for consensus or further fragmentation?

What are some of the issues at stake for Greece in the upcoming election?

Greece is for sale – and everything must go

Why does this matter? First because it makes no sense to sell off valuable assets in the middle of Europe’s worst depression in 70 years.

Our island mentality

With the focus on amped up security around Calais, the wider context of refugees arriving in Europe is being ignored. In Athens, children living on the streets has become the norm. 

The performative dialectics of defeat: Europe and the European left after July 13, 2015

The inherent contradiction in Syriza’s vision - insisting both on ending austerity in Greece and staying in the Eurozone - does not signpost a logical impossibility.

Greece has become the EU’s third protectorate

The EU looks increasingly like an empire, having just created its third protectorate in the Balkans. Greece will effectively be run by the EU the way Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina already are. 

The siren song of financial realism

Financial realism has enchanted European polities. It is a song the powerful love to hear. But a song that will destroy all that is good and humane about Europe.

The forgotten grassroots voices of Greece

"We have good weather here in Greece and we are happy to have coffee for €1, sit and enjoy our leisure time with friends and family – but even this luxury is being taken away from us."

Three myths behind the case for Grexit: a destructive analysis

Any hope of a radical change in the economic direction of Europe requires international solidarity, and that solidarity in turn requires the euro.

The Syriza problem: radical democracy and left governmentality in Greece

Syriza’s extraordinary problem – which would not be faced by any other political party in government – was to alter internal institutional frameworks under conditions of external institutional assault. 

They are just like us

As Samos islanders stand in solidarity with the refugees arriving at their ports, again and again we hear locals saying: “they are just like us”.

The crushing of Syriza: an Aesopian fable

In 2010 the image of ‘ending up like Greece’ was that of a Dickensian debtors’ prison. In 2015 it is that of hell.

The Greek referendum: a peculiar situation and an infamous act

A close adviser to Greece’s former Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, gives an insider view of the government negotiations with the Eurogroup. Interview by acTVism Munich. Deutsch.

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of democracy

Since Greek voters rejected Troika rule by a landslide, the Hellenic citizenry presents a threat far greater than the government it elected. It must be punished.

Varoufakis’ unspeakably shocking plan B

This Greek rule-bending ambition, from a position of weakness, violates the basic principles of financial realism.

Neoliberal realpolitik: choking others in our name

This lack of lived experience with the violence of our state entails an almost inevitable blindness to the deepening divide between those our states protect and those whose life it represses, expels, and humiliates.

Greek and European paradoxes

Europe's handling of Greece reveals the crisis of its own project, which is even more serious in the context of accelerating global changes. 

Varoufakis – a new kind of politics?

Varoufakis is an exception to the norm precisely because he really believes in representative democracy.

A “velvet Grexit” is a trick. Argentina, Ecuador and Iceland prove default can work.

Temporary Eurozone exit plan is a smokescreen for shock doctrine tactics that would condemn the Greeks to perpetual austerity. Argentina, Ecuador or Iceland show there is an alternative. Español

El default de Argentina, Ecuador o Islandia demuestra que el Grexit temporal es una trampa

La salida temporal de Grecia de la zona euro es una cortina de humo que oculta la doctrina de schock que condenaría a los griegos a una austeridad perpetua. Los casos de Argentina, Ecuador o Islandia demuestran que el default es posible. English.

The key lesson from Syriza’s defeat? A different Europe requires both ideology and competence

To achieve anything in politics, including changing the rules, you have to master ‘the art of the possible,’ as conservative German statesman Otto von Bismarck famously said, rather than merely trumpet ‘the truth.’ 

Il dilemma di Syriza e il nostro

Gli "accordi" del 13 luglio a Bruxelles segnano la fine di un'epoca? Sì, ma certamente non nel senso indicato dal comunicato conclusivo el "vertice". EnglishFrançais.

Syriza’s dilemma, and ours

Do the “agreements” reached on July 13 mark the end of an era? Yes, but certainly not in the sense suggested by the press release of the “summit”. Italiano. Français.

A solução “Portuguesa” e a Grécia

Portugal, segundo o que se entende pelas palavras do seu primeiro-ministro, orgulha-se de ter contribuído para uma decisão que supõe um golpe à soberania Grega em detrimento do sonho Europeu. English. Español

La vía portuguesa no vale para Grecia

Portugal, según se desprende de las palabras de su primer-ministro, se enorgullece de haber contribuido a una decisión que supone un golpe a la soberanía griega, en detrimento del sueño Europeo. English. Português.

The Portuguese way is not the way for Greece

Portugal, as its Prime Minister says, is proud to have contributed to an agreement that has dealt the last blow to Greece’s sovereignty at the expense of the European dream. Español, Português

Here we are

A Greek question to which the answer comes eventually from elsewhere.

Which is more likely: a progressive Brexit or a progressive Europe?

EU institutions and socio-economic policies are hopelessly anti-democratic, inducing a current of deep nihilism across the continent. But don't be fooled: a progressive Brexit is deeply unlikely.

Democracy rising: what now for Syriza and Europe?

A discussion on how Europeans can relaunch the struggle for a democratic Europe in the aftermath of Syriza's fight against the powers that be. (Video, 39 mins)

Greece has two choices. And so do the creditors

After 13 July 2015, Syriza's Greece and, for that matter, the creditors have two choices. Modernise the Greek state; or let Greece default and risk disintegration not just of EMU/EU but also Nato.

The Brussels diktat: and what followed

Alexis Tsipras won the battle on a question of principle - the need for a new Europe - even if he lost the war that ensued. What are the implications for the Greek left and for Europe? (Long: 9,000 words) Français. Deutsch.

Greeks and the world

This week has seen what many - both on the left and on the right in Greece – have termed a humiliating surrender to the combined force of the fiscal hawks in Northern Europe. But the debt crisis apart, how do ordinary Greeks view the outside world? Spanish.

“We are not anti-Greeks”: the need for a return of solidarity to eastern Europe

“Greece hasn’t even dreamt about what Slovakia had to go through, what does it mean to carry out real reforms and have real privatization.”  - Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia.

The left returns to an old love – saying No to Europe

It is the politics of Europe’s current rulers that must be challenged, not the UK’s membership of the EU.

“What now for Greece? What now for the left?”

Logics of financial capital are all the more powerful blended with cultural logics. From now on, do Greeks need to keep their “orientalist radar” active wherever they go?

Some harsh truths for Germans, Greeks, and Europeans

As Greek-German antipathy threatens to tear Europe apart, a committed European - and Greek-German - challenges each of his nations' stubborn provincialisms to offer a vision for European reconciliation.

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