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Angela Merkel must accept that her austerity policy is now in tatters | Joschka Fischer NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 4 Days, 22 Minutes ago
Syriza’s victory in Greece has produced an unambiguous defeat for the German chancellor and her strategy for sustaining the euroNot long ago, German politicians and journalists confidently declared that the euro crisis was over; Germany and the...
The Guardian view on Greek tragedy: something old, something new NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
From Athens to London, ancient dramas are being used to open up questions too thorny to be tackled head onShortly before the election of 25 January, Alexis Tsipras compared Syriza’s expected victory to the inexorable forward force of an ancient...
Syriza’s finance minister has a big idea – but will Germany accept it? | Linsey McGoey NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Yanis Varoufakis wants to revive a Keynesian mechanism that may prove unpalatable yet from which Germany directly benefited in the postwar periodSince Syriza’s victory in the Greek elections on Sunday, it is the new Essex-educated finance minis...
How Syriza could make a debt relief deal palatable to Germany | Henning Meyer NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
If a compromise is to be reached to avert a messy Greek default, there are three things that need to happenFollowing the formation of the new Greek government we are entering a period of negotiation. This is good news, and overdue given the scale of...
This general election could define Britain’s global role into the next decade | Martin Kettle NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
From Trident to Europe, it seems we’re on a journey to isolationism – but it’s not what the public wantsWhat should be Britain’s role in the world in the 2020s and beyond? The question can’t be divorced in any meaningful...
Will Spain join the Greek revolution? Don’t bet on it | Natalie Nougayrède NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Podemos want to pick up where Syriza started. But it’s unclear if they can fulfil their utopian promiseIf first impressions count, then the political force that wants to transform Spain in 2015 consists mainly of student types and self-consciou...
The Guardian view on Greece’s debt relief: compromise is the way to go | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Europe could be torn apart by divergent perspectives on debtIf what counts is what works, then the Greeks did the right thing by rejecting austerity at the ballot box. After years in which the servicing of debts has been pursued to the exclusion...
We must stop Angela Merkel’s bullying – or let the forces of austerity win | Owen Jones NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Germany can’t be allowed to strangle Syriza at birth. The fate of millions across Europe depends on itAngela Merkel is the most monstrous western European leader of this generation. Politicians who inflict economic cruelty on a mass scale, tras...
Auschwitz 70 years on: a different place, yet memories of its horror endure NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 12 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Survivors’ stories show they were members of infinitely varied human race – the stubborn fact Nazi death camp sought to denyThey had come back, some three hundred of them, but this was not the Planet Auschwitz they remembered. The Auschwi...
The Guardian view on Syriza’s Essex connection | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 13 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Oxbridge graduates may rule in Britain. But a different British university is making the running in GreeceOne consequence of Syriza’s victory in Greece has been a flurry of publicity for the alma mater of some of the new governing party’s...
Charlie Hebdo saw a fierce free speech debate. Now it’s an Italian poet’s turn | Tana de Zulueta NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 19 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Erri De Luca is accused of provoking violence with his opinion. How a Turin court treats him could have huge implicationsThree weeks after the massacre at Charlie Hebdo and the march in Paris which was supposed to display international solidarity ove...
What Greek politics teaches the Labour party: there is an alternative | Aditya Chakrabortty NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Insisting on Tina, ‘there is no alternative’, brought down the once mighty Pasok. It could do the same in the UKAs I write this, some of the best-paid brains in Europe are puzzling over what happens when the inevitable suddenly becomes im...
Germany will relent on Greek debt – and Europe will suffer | Josef Joffe NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Alexis Tsipras has inflicted another defeat on Berlin. Merkel is no longer Empress Angela, and the real problems await in France and ItalySo Alex the Greek won, and the euro lost. Not quite. In fact, the bulk of euroland – the “Club Med&r...
The Guardian view on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
The Holocaust was the defining event of 20th-century history, informing almost everything we do and thinkThe facts are, wrote Hannah Arendt in 1946, “that six million Jews, six million human beings, were helplessly, and in most cases unsuspecti...
Syriza has allowed Greeks to dream again. But the real struggle is just beginning | Apostolis Fotiadis NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
As the first anti-austerity party to claim power in Europe, Syriza must navigate a political minefield. Failure will be a disaster for GreeceAs the first leftist party to win a national election in Greece, and the first anti-austerity party to claim...
Syriza’s victory: this is what the politics of hope looks like | Owen Jones NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The Greek election result is a historic watershed – and it’s middle-aged working-class women who have organised it• Syriza forms coalition with Independent Greeks – live updatesTo go from a country like Britain where politics i...
Greece shows what can happen when the young revolt against corrupt elites NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The rise of Syriza can’t just be explained by the crisis in the eurozone: a youthful generation of professionals has had enough of tax-evading oligarchsAt Syriza’s HQ, the cigarette smoke in the cafe swirls into shapes. If those could ref...
The Guardian view on the Greek election: a new deal for a new era | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Syriza’s victory is a rejection of the toughest austerity regime in the eurozone and should be respectedAt a stroke, the Greek general election of 2015 has destroyed the post-recessionary political norms and assumptions of Greece and shaken tho...
Syriza stood up to the money men – the UK left must do the same | Zoe Williams NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Just imagine: if Labour wasn’t so in thrall to economic bodies and their predictions, we might have a radical left of our own‘When you study the successful experiences of transformative movements,” said Pablo Iglesias of Podemos, th...
The Observer view on the Greek elections | Observer editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The lesson of the Greek national polls is that austerity must endThere are limits to humiliation. Barring an extraordinary upset, Syriza, a radical leftwing party previously confined to the political margins, will win Sunday’s Greek general ele...