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Greek history X: is a left government possible in the EU?

ReINFORM invites you to a discussion with the title: Greek history X: is a left government possible in the EU?  The event will take place on Saturday 11 February at 12:00 at the LAB111, Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam (see poster below).  Two years have gone by since the so-called "left-wing" Syriza-Anelgovernment in Greece came to power on 27 January 2015. What are the promises and hopes it broke? What a ...

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Two years of SYRIZA-ANEL’s rule in Greece: two years of the hardest austerity

(scroll naar beneden voor Nederlands) Debt increased, public assets sold. The Greek and European elites make profits. In January 2017 the coalition government of SYRIZA and ANEL will be two years in power. During this time, in the Dutch media there has been an almost total silence about Greece, interrupted only by short references to the ongoing negotiations for the disbursement of the loan tranches. Silenc ...

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Stop the fascists, people first!

Over the last period we have been watching thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East, trying to escape the hell of war and ISIS. At the same time EU governments, the US and Russia continue the same policies that generated wars in the region and ultimately created the ISIS. The Dutch EU presidency and the EU governments proceed with even more aggressive actions by strengthening the guarding of the f ...

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Third memorandum, worse than the previous ones!

By Leonidas Vatikiotis Leonidas Vatikiotis has studied Statistics at the University of Piraeus. His doctoral dissertation, at the Sociology Department of Panteion University (2008) considered the causes of the 1970s economic crisis. It is not only the new austerity measures, which among others include VAT increase, reduction of pensions, reintroduction of the zero deficit clause, Sunday shop opening and imp ...

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Have some respect — also for the Greeks, please!

By Ingeborg Beugel on May 10, 2015 For five years, the Greeks have been publicly shamed, insulted, humiliated and spat upon by the rest of Europe. It is high time to show some respect. As a former correspondent in Greece I am still regularly invited to radio and TV shows in the Netherlands, or to give lectures or talks about the Greek debt crisis somewhere in the country. The latter are usually organized by ...

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ReINFORM on yesterday’s Eurogroup agreement

scroll down for Greek The recent Eurogroup negotiations dispelled any remaining doubts about the purposes of the European Union. What we saw in the last few days had nothing to do with “our equal partners”, as the finance minister Y. Varoufakis had said, but was nothing less than a gang led by the interests of the German capital, shamelessly threatening and blackmailing the Greek people. The Greek governmen ...

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In Greece it is austerity itself that has caused the tragedy

By Dimitris Pavlopoulos (Dimitris Pavlopoulos works as an assistant professor in Sociology at the Free University of Amsterdam.) The Greek elections on January 25th are sending a message to whole Europe. On January 25th the Greek citizens are going to cast their votes. Since the announcement of the early parliamentary elections, intimidation of Greek citizens begun. The President of the European Commission ...

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After the crisis, the nation state strikes back

Putin’s muscle-flexing shows the role of states in matters of war and peace, writes Mark Mazower Is the state making a comeback? It can certainly look like it. Old-fashioned interstate conflicts are roiling the China Sea and Russia’s western borders. Inter-governmental meetings such as the last Apec conference and the Group of 20 leading economies in Sydney took on an unwonted urgency. More positively, it i ...

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Nikos Romanos: Better Dead than Educated?

On 6 December 2008 the Greek government armed the mind and hand of the policeman who murdered the 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, sending the message that the State will do anything to prevent the youth from questioning its policies. Alexandros' friend, Nikos Romanos, watched him dying right in front of him. In February 2013, at the age of 20, Nikos Romanos was arrested together with five other young ...

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Kamerleden, laat je niet inpalmen door Shell

'Dat óók Shell niet 'schoon en veilig' kan fracken blijkt uit onderzoek van Milieudefensie in Oekraïne en Argentinië, dat daar stuitte op een flink aantal dubieuze praktijken' Door Ike Teuling, Campaigner Energie bij Milieudefensie Een delegatie van Tweede Kamerleden bracht begin deze week een bezoek aan schaliegasboorlocaties van Shell in de Verenigde Staten, om meer te weten te komen over de impact van sc ...

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