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Questions tagged [greece]

Questions related to the government or politics regarding Greece.

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Why are the Greek nationalists against resolving the name dispute and call FYROM “North Macedonia”?

According to yesterday's newspapers (22th January, 2019), Greek nationalists made street protests against the agreement to resolve the infamous naming dispute when it comes to former-Yugoslav ...
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Is the dispute over the naming of Macedonia unique in recent history?

The dispute between Greece and Macedonia over who gets to keep the name "Macedonia" has been ongoing for 20 years now. Is this a unique dispute or have there been any other similar disputes in recent ...
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Since Greece wants FYROM to be named “North Macedonia”, why don't they make an example call their own region “South Macedonia”?

Greece refuses to recognise the name "Republic of Macedonia" (often named "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", FYROM) because this country is only a part of historical Macedonia, the other part ...
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Did Germany profit from the (third) Greek bailout?

From an article published in June 2018 on thelocal.de: Berlin has been one of the main lenders to Greece during its debt crisis. While conservative parties warned that supporting Greece would come ...
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Did the Greek economy contract more than Syria's in the past decade?

From a BBC article: According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), only four countries have shrunk economically more than Greece in the past decade: Yemen, Libya, Venezuela and Equatorial ...
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Why have the states of Greece and Macedonia failed to solve the naming dispute after so many years?

The Macedonia naming dispute has been going on for decades, with severe political and economic consequences for both countries. But it seems that a solution like naming the country e.g. "Northern ...
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Why is Greece's debt considered a problem but not US debt, which is much larger?

Greece's and other southern European countries' debt has been considered a problem since the 2008 crash, and austerity measures have been forced to the people. However the United States also have a ...
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Why wasn't Greece kicked out of the Euro once it was clear that they falsified their statistics to join in the first place?

The EU knew back in 2004 that Greece lied about their economic success in order to join the Euro. So why didn't the Eurocomission reevaluate their original bid and kick them out of the Euro? Did ...
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Logic behind the reaction of Greek government over the national crisis

Premise: I'm not an expert in politics nor in economics, nor I am Greek. It just happens that I've spent the last 5 months in Greece, heard a lot of stories from common peoples, and failed to ...
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What is the current stance of the Greek ΣΥΡΙΖΑ government on CETA?

The social-democratic regional government of Wallonia, Belgium initially blocked CETA but has now apparently backed it. Reportedly, all other EU governments agree on CETA. This surprises me. In ...
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What effect did Greece being a member of the EU have on its debt crisis?

What effect did Greece being a member of the EU have on its debt crisis? The impression I got was that it limited what options it had, such as not being able to default on its debts. Is this accurate?...
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Does the EU frequently review their members to see if they consistently meet the initial criteria?

Does the EU conduct frequent reviews on the economic and political condition of their members to stay? If a current member of the European Union drastically changes economically or politically, and no ...
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Why don't Syrian refugees claim asylum at the Turkish-Greek border?

As far as I know (from here) the standard way for Syrian refugees to enter Greece from Turkey has been to cross the sea covertly by boat to reach one of the Greek islands that are not far from the ...
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Did the Greek government take on private debt?

According to the latest figures the Greek government owes around 180% of GDP to various institutions and banks. Does anyone know if the Greek government converted any major private debt since the ...
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Do the current financial issues in Greece affect Macedonia's potential accession to the EU?

Greece and Macedonia have a long running naming dispute, with Greece blocking entry of Macedonia into the EU and NATO. If Greece leaves the EU, does that mean Macedonia can join?
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Why can't Greece print more money?

The currency of Greece is the Euro. According to Wikipedia, each sovereign government can print, under direction of the ECB, a certain amount of currency every year. This implies that each ...
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Would it be an advantage for Greece to solve the financial crisis by leaving the euro?

Would it be an advantage for Greece to solve the financial crisis by leaving the euro? Wouldn't be another way of shaping policy more helpful, like kind of a marshall plan instead of austerity? Next ...
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What happens if a country becomes bankrupt?

What happens to the citizens of the country? What happens to the sovereignty of the country? What happens to the neighbors? For example, what will happen if Greece becomes bankrupt?
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Is Greece request of 279 billion euros from Germany in reparations for the Nazi occupation based on solid legal ground?

To overcome the crisis, Greece is trying to get some money back from Germany. Greece's deputy finance minister said on Monday Germany owes Greece nearly 279 billion euros ($305.17 billion) in ...
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Does the greek Syriza party have another political program than “renegotiate the debt”?

The newspaper clam that Syriza is a "far left" party and that it wants to renegotiate the greek government's debt. I don't understand how that makes them far left by any extension of mind. Actually ...
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Why is the German government now in favour of the possibility of Greece leaving the eurozone?

When German chancellor Merkel and others in her party recently said they would be “open” to Greece withdrawing from the euro and introducing a new currency, I remembered how strictly they refused it ...