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Η Ελλάδα είναι υποχρεωμένη να αιτηθεί βοήθεια από το ΔΝΤ

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Συνεπώς, η Ελληνική κυβέρνηση δεν δύναται να αντιμετωπίζει ως επιλογή το αίτημα προς το ΔΝΤ, το οποίο είχε ήδη από το 2012 καταστεί νομική υποχρέωση. Παρά ταύτα, στην περίπτωση που το ΔΝΤ απορρίψει το αίτημα της Ελλάδας, τότε το πρόγραμμα του ΕΜΣ δύναται και να υπάρξει μόνο του.

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Healthier in: Why being a member of the EU is good for the UK NHS

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Later today I will give a presentation at the Health Policy and Politics Network conference, ‘Policy priorities and challenges for health and social care in England’, at Manchester University. My presentation is titled ‘Healthier in: Why being a member of the European Union is good for the UK NHS’ and this post elaborates on the […]

The curious case of Grassroots Out atomising campaign

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Earlier this week, I was quoted in a Daily Telegraph piece about Grassroots Out (GO). The article had noted that ten seeming-offshoots of the group had been registered with the Electoral Commission as participants in the referendum campaign. If the Commission were to consider them as separate, then taken together they would be free to spend as […]

Aviva would prefer to avoid Brexit

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The chairman of Aviva, Britain’s biggest insurance company, said at their AGM yesterday that the company would prefer to “avoid the uncertainty” of Brexit. Sir Adrian Montague, CBE, the company’s new chairman, was answering a shareholder’s question about the board’s view on the EU referendum. At first he gave a guarded response. “I am not […]

Austerity, impact and divided Europe of Knowledge

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Inga Ulnicane ‘Crisis should not be wasted’. Since the beginning of the global economic crisis in 2008, this idea has been repeated many times suggesting that crisis should rather be used as an opportunity for innovative solutions and necessary reforms. One of such potential changes emphasized by European institutions has been prioritization of research and […]

Is the IMF necessary for the 3rd Greek Program?

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The legal provisions do not not commit the IMF to accepting the request of the Eurozone Member State concerned; in this case Greece. However, on the EU’s side, it seems necessary for a Eurozone Member State that receives financial assistance through the ESM to request similar assistance from the IMF. In either case, Greece already […]

The problem with Brexit

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A straightforward comparison between Britain remaining in the EU and leaving isn’t possible. That’s because we know what ‘Remain’ in the EU means – it’s the status quo and we’ve experienced it for four decades. But Leave? Nobody knows; nobody can say for sure. Even those campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union cannot […]

What they really want: End of the EU

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So now the truth is out. The ‘Leave’ campaign don’t just want Brexit – they want to see the end of the European Union. Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, said as much in his keynote speech this week for Vote Leave, the official campaign which he leads, fighting for Brexit in Britain’s EU referendum. Mr Gove […]

The EU Referendum Repeat

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Isn’t it strange how history sometimes seems to repeat itself? Not always in exactly the same way, but in ways to make it seem uncanny. Take the remarkable resemblances between the referendum of 1975 and the one we’re having now, both regarding Britain’s future in Europe. Back in 1974 Labour leader, Harold Wilson, won a […]

Leave’s painful choices

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The opening of the official campaign on the EU referendum hasn’t been all fireworks; instead, it’s been mostly more of the same. Each side trading consequences and perils, questioning the other side’s competence or intent. In particular, we’ve been lacking vision. The vision thing is an easy one of trash: too many overtones of Tony […]

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