Blog post originally appeared on my Austerityland blog hosted at the EUobserver, on 7 June, 2013. At times, I do marvel how antiseptic, bland even, that the language of the most wretchedly villainous documents can be. Last week, the European economic research team with JP Morgan, the global financial giant, put out a 16-page paper on the […]Read more "JP Morgan to eurozone periphery: “Get rid of your pinko, anti-fascist constitutions”"
A paper I wrote for the journal of Statewatch, the EU civil liberties watchdog. It can be downloaded in full from the Statewatch website (pages 9-20). One of the more cringeworthy moments of the last few years of sometimes ideological, sometimes street-fighting – but rarely parliamentary – combat between the European superintendents of austerity and […]Read more "Kick ‘em all out? Anti-politics and post-democracy in the European Union"
Interview with former Greek ambassador was published in the New Statesman on 24 February, 2013. It is always enlightening to hear the frank assessment of a diplomat upon leaving the service, once unshackled from “the patriotic art of lying for one’s country”, as 19th Century American journalist Ambrose Bierce described the craft. Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos was […]Read more "Greece: “A promise from the army has been obtained to not intervene against a civil uprising”"