Europe's Basket Case

July 2013
Foreign Policy;Jul/Aug2013, Issue 201, p84
The article looks at political and economic conditions in Greece, as of June 2013. It notes the country has faced several years of severe recession. The author says that government dysfunction in the country predates those problems, citing problems such as corruption. She expresses the view that the challenge of implementing governmental reforms and the austerity policies demanded under the terms of the country's financial bailouts simultaneously was impossible. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is discussed. Other topics include the civil service, tax evasion, and the rise in hate crimes and in the popularity of the far-right Golden Dawn party.


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