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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Deficits in the EU that should worry Europeans

In Greece for the first time the EU authorities demand a government complete a programme that it has neither designed nor has a democratic mandate to implement.

Solidarity and work: what are the prospects for Greece?

Alain Supiot and Emilios Christodoulidis discuss the questions of solidarity and the protection of work in Greece. Français.

Solidarité et travail: quelles perspectives pour la Grèce?

Alain Supiot et Emilios Christodoulidis discutent des questions de la solidarité et de la protection du travail en Grèce. English.

A ’different’ commemoration of Russia’s Victory Day: reporting from Thessaloniki, Greece (9 May 2015)

Does the ostentatious celebration of Russia's victory in the Great Patriotic War, which took place in Thessaloniki last week, tell us anything about the state of Russophilia in Greece?

Negotiating the Greek public debt: wrong finance minister was fired

Expenditure reduction leads to falling household incomes, contraction in public services and a rising incidence of poverty, all without progress toward the professed goal, reduction in the nominal public debt.

Hypocrisies and cruelties on the frontier of Fortress Europe

For many refugees, it is only the smugglers who can get them into and then out of Greece. All other legitimate and safe channels are cut off. For the smugglers, many of whom are poor, income from the refugees means that they can survive.

Crisis and reform: obstacles and possibilities for Greece and Europe

If the Greek government seems honest in its intentions to co-operate with the partners for a “mutually beneficial agreement”, the “working together for reform” rhetoric is hypocritical on the part of the EU institutions.

No signal: what is wrong with Greek media today?

The fourth power is in dire straits, having seen a 50-place-drop in the annual World Press Freedom Index. It is now in 99th place, with only Bulgaria lower among EU members.

Surveillance, migrant deaths and humanitarianism in the Mediterranean

Smugglers are not the cause of migration; they are the consequences of the EU’s expanding border surveillance regime. The EU should concentrate on saving migrants from this regime.

A very European coup

This is why Syriza's negotiating strategy has to play to the European gallery and not just to the suits in the conference room. The aim is to persuade people to put pressure on their own governments or change them in the coming elections.

Where is another Europe now?

Europe either hangs together or - as the American revolutionaries liked to point out - the nations of Europe will be hanged separately.

SYRIZA provides an opportunity that is only given once in every generation

Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, discusses debt cancellation, EU reform and what a Syriza victory means for the anti-austerity movement in Europe.

Press-clipping the Tsipras-Putin meeting: the early impressions

How did the Greek press react to the recent Tsipras-Putin meeting in Moscow?

Of Trojan horses and realpolitik: The Tsipras-Putin meeting and its broader implications

Today Alexis Tsipras will sit down in Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin. This meeting has been dogged by controversy and has led many to wonder: what exactly do Russia and Greece hope to gain from this encounter?

The European Union and the radical Left

What should the attitude of the European Union be towards the rise of the radical Left?

The last of the Papandreous?

During elections for change - and the first Greek Parliament for 92 years without a Papandreou in it - Adam Ramsay spoke with former scion of the Greek ruling class, George Papandreou.

The good, the bad and the ugly: when SYRIZA meets Europe

The EU has shown three simultaneous faces to Greece: ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’, to use a cinematic metaphor, all of them with the same message but with a different delivery package

Europe in a labyrinth and the material power of ideas

The Greek government has the mandate to revive the idea of solidarity and social justice, but also the idea of the economy itself.

Greece's Brest-Litovsk

SYRIZA’s leadership claims that the putative dilemma between war and peace, or between exiting austerity and staying in the Euro, is not exhaustive. The third possibility is neither war nor peace.

Athens, a flourishing polis

Amid the crisis, the Athens city council won the Bloomberg Philanthropy sustainable development and EFTA solidarity awards. 

Brazil: the nonchalant protester?

With Brazil on the brink of recession, it's not hard to compare the country's looming financial collapse with that of Greece, as the country is following in Greece’s pre-crisis footsteps in quite a few ways.

What's in a game?

After Tony Curzon Price argued that Greece was not playing chicken and James Galbraith retorted that it's not even playing a game, an applied game theorist reminds us of the logic, in Greece's game, of claiming you're not playing one.

The trouble with SYRIZA

Despite being 'a man of the Left', and despite being hugely critical of the parties that ruled the country since 1974, there are several things about the rise of SYRIZA that absolutely terrify me.

Europe adjusting the noose around its neck

Steadfast, chins high, and completely oblivious to the momentous changes happening around it, the ossified political mainstream of Europe is marching towards the abyss.

'Germanies' in lieu of Europe

Mr. Schäuble remains convinced that the peoples of Europe have given a mandate for financial austerity, which is favored by the German government. What gives Mr. Schäuble such certainty?

No bolt from the blue: the hidden roots of the Eurozone crisis

Crucial aspects on the origins and the dynamic of the crisis are regularly concealed. This leads to a rather distorted view of the real disaster the European Union is facing today.

A Great German Greek Grexit Game?

Curzon Price is clearly right that the “game” is not “chicken.” It is not zero-sum. But the real question is, is it a game?

The Greek Game: Dominance or Chicken, Fear or Reason?

The outcome of the Greek game depends on how Syriza sees itself in two possible futures: "Exit" or "Buckle"

Economic egoism and liberal dogma

By reducing European solidarity to a question of rules, Germany has become a problem for the European Union.

A tennis court oath for Europe

Europe has historically been a beacon of political experimentation. Has it now become structurally unfit for change? 

Stand in solidarity with the struggle of the Greek people

I ask you to stand in solidarity with the just struggle of the Greek people, which is also the struggle of every citizen. Our people have been asked to go hungry to bail out debts created by a wealthy minority, not just in the country but internationally.

How European Union switchboard "demoicracy" works

The complexity of the changing nation-state under the duress of globalization is currently snagged on a simplistic drive to fast-forward the past, driven by the desire to stay local.

Why does Germany insist on a failed programme for Greece?

The elephant in the recent Eurogroup meeting room was Greece's 2010 failed structural readjustment programme, admonished by Yanis Varoufakis as 'fiscal waterboarding'. Why does Germany persist in defending it?

Greece and the eurogroup: capitulation or breaching austerity's dam?

George Papandreou cancelling his referendum was a capitulation. Tsipras and Varoufakis achieving new space and flexibility and four months to achieve a genuinely new approach was quite an achievement.

Syriza's limited options

Unless Syriza changes its rhetoric now and unless it explains the facts about the EU and the economy, it will be incapable of justifying any of these decisions to its voters several months down the line.

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