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Greece: the mouse that roared? EPA/Simela Pantzartzi

Greece’s path out of the euro

Ever since Greece elected its new Syriza government, there has been growing talk of Greece defaulting on its debt and leaving the eurozone. I’ve been arguing that once Greece achieved a primary budget…
Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras: praying for a new debt deal? EPA/Yannis Kolesidis

Lessons from Islamic Finance for a Greek debt swap deal

Greece and its creditors remain locked in a heated debate over how its debt should be financed. The newly elected Syriza government need to renegotiate their current bailout programme, in order to carry…
SBS’s support for Eurovision has been rewarded with our inclusion this year in the contest. EPA/ Joerg Carstensen

Australia is in the Eurovision – please adjust your maps

Yesterday, it was announced that for the first time, Australia would be given a competitive place in the Eurovision Song Contest. Not only this, but Australians can also vote (and let’s not overlook the…
Syriza have shaken up European solidarity, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. EPA/Michael Kappeler

European unity is at stake if a Greek debt deal isn’t reached

The emphatic rejection of disastrous austerity policies by the newly elected Greek government has caused consternation in eurozone capitals. Germany has been particularly strong in dismissing Greek pleas…
Corporate infiltration of expert advice is a battleground on both sides of the Atlantic. Igor Stevanovic

Why a US battle over corporate hijacking of science matters in Europe

On both sides of the Atlantic it would appear that evidence-based policy is in jeopardy. The scientific advice that government and regulators rely upon to inform their decision-making is under attack…
What has it done for you lately? Well, quite a lot actually. EPA

In defence of the European Convention on Human Rights

It is bitterly ironic that in this, the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta, there are threats from the UK to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. This convention is Europe’s own Magna…
Looming large: the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Noppasin/Shutterstock

As its power grows, is the ECB overstepping its mandate?

The European Central Bank (ECB) symbolises the strange mix of politics and technocracy that marks EU governance. The bank was pushed to centre stage by the eurozone debt crisis and the unwillingness or…
European markets have so far reacted cautiously to Greek anti-austerity party win. EPA/Juan Carlos Hidalgo

Greece: a collision with lenders would be disastrous for growth

Syriza, in choosing to enter into coalition with the Independent Greeks, is sending a clear message to the Eurozone’s leaders: it is intent on challenging Greece’s debt repayments. So, some form of challenge…
Churchill was anything but a eurosceptic. John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

What Churchill really thought about Britain’s place in Europe

Winston Churchill’s role in fostering European unity is beyond dispute in Brussels. The European Union’s website lists Churchill as one of 11 founding fathers of the organisation. In Strasbourg, the European…

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