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When does a Eurozone Member State actually exit its EU-IMF bailout?

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While Cyprus is able to procure financial resources on its own, policy conditionality and monitoring is still in place, and will be for a substantial amount of time. The EU’s PPS will last at least until 2029, i.e. 13 years from now, while the IMF’s PPM will last until Cyprus has repaid more than €820 […]

Democracy and Eurozone structural adjustment programmes

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The truth is that the legal basis underpinning the arrangements for more EP participation in the Eurozone’s structural adjustment programs is rather thin and, hence, the presented democratic improvement is somewhat limited.

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 […]

Democracy without Solidarity

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The collapse of solidarity in Europe is threatening to break the union into pieces.  If Europe’s politicians don’t start focusing their attention on coming up with an argument to explain how Europeans are all in this together, why they need to work with one-another, and where this great project is going, then they will have […]

The Eurozone crisis and democracy

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Overall, a contradiction between the founding democratic principles of the EU and its new operational structure during the crisis has left the quality of the EU’s democratic order adversely affected. In the spirit of Aristotle’s criterion, then, the EU’s political system of governance does not any longer seem to adhere to the organisation’s principles.

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