Thursday February 20, 2020

Greece must remake itself root and branch

The Greek crisis is forcing us to look again at our ideas of national sovereignty that emerged after the Thirty Years War, 400 years ago

19th July, 2015
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Riot police clash with protesters in front of the Greek parliament during an anti-austerity demonstration in Athens. Picture: Ayhan Mehmet/Getty

Four Germans, three Poles, two French, an Australian, a Ukrainian, a Dutchman, an Italian and an Albanian. Fourteen of the 26 rioters arrested on and around Syntagma Square last Wednesday evening were foreigners.

It is an indication of just how much the Greek financial crisis has become an issue in everybody’s politics. In particular people who live in the single currency area, the eurozone. But also those in the eurozones “near abroad”, or external periphery. Like...

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