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Europe and Greece: digging the EU’s grave?

  • February 13, 2012
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While street battles raged and buildings burned in the streets of Athens, the Greek parliament approved the draconian bailout conditions imposed by the EU/IMF troika yesterday, in a decision that is likely to have unforeseen consequences for both Greece and the future of the European Union itself in the longterm.


The protests were not confined to the Greek capital. Violent incidents were reported in cities across the country. The Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papedemos declared, as politicians always will, that ‘Vandalism, violence and destruction have no place in a democratic country and won’t...

Scandinavia: Our Imaginary Hell

Scandinavia: Our Imaginary Hell

  • January 29, 2012
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Things are getting fraught in Borgen,  the new series by the Danish company DR productions, which produced The Killing.     The corrupt and amoral political shark Laugesen has published a tell-all memoir which dishes the dirt on the sex-lives of some of the ministers in Birgitte Nyborg’s coalition government.

The Special Branch have been bugging...

All They are Saying is Give War a Chance

  • January 24, 2012
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Yesterday’s decision by EU foreign ministers to impose an embargo  on Iranian oil has brought the world one step closer to the war that Israel and elements within the US political establishment have long sought.   If Iran carries out its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, then it will initiate a potentially...

Death on the Greek borders

  • January 18, 2012
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International attention  is once again focussed on Greece  as EU and IMF officials gather in Athens to work out a deal to prevent a potential debt default and a Greek exit from the eurozone, and protesters once again take to the streets.   EU/IMF ‘reforms’ have already had a  disastrous impact on large swathes...

Market-Assisted Suicide

  • December 19, 2011
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There’s a very sad but telling piece in today’s Guardian about the rise in suicide in Greece in the last few years – a rise that appears to be a direct cause of the economic crisis.   Three years ago, Greece had the lowest suicide rate in Europe at 2.8 per 100,000 inhabitants, in a...

The death of Christa Wolf

  • December 03, 2011
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The German writer Christa Wolf died this week, aged 82.   For much of her career she was known as an East German writer of course.   During the Cold War she wasn’t pro-Western enough to be considered a dissident, but she was too individual and idiosyncratic to fit within the...

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