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Europe File: Eurozone May Not Blink First in Confrontation With Greece

wsj.com — Alexis Tsipras has been prime minister of Greece for only 48 hours and so far he has barely put a foot right-assuming he really does want to keep his country in the eurozone. With just weeks to secure a deal with Greece's official lenders to prevent a financial collapse, almost everything he has said and done has seemed calculated to deepen the rift with Greece's creditors.

Greek Election Tests Eurozone Cohesion

wsj.com — Last week, Berlin was unable to prevent the European Central Bank embarking on a major government bond-buying program that it had long opposed. Over the coming weeks, it must strike a deal with a new radical left-wing government in Greece that it will likely find even more unpalatable-or watch Greece leave the eurozone with potentially disastrous consequences for the whole currency bloc.

Eurozone Cohesion Put to the Test

wsj.com — Last week, Berlin was unable to prevent the European Central Bank embarking on a major government bond-buying program that it had long opposed. Over the coming weeks, it must strike a deal with a new radical left-wing government in Greece that it will likely find even more unpalatable -or watch Greece leave the eurozone with potentially disastrous consequences for the whole currency bloc.

ECB’s Draghi Gets Drop on the Doubters

wsj.com — Game, set and match to Mario Draghi. Once again, the European Central Bank president showed himself to be a master of the central-banking arts. Few monetary-policy programs in recent years have been as well-flagged as the ECB's decision to start buying government bonds, but Mr. Draghi still managed to spring a surprise: The size of the program announced Thursday is much larger than markets had anticipated.

Are the Eurozone’s Pockets Deep enough?

wsj.com — The moment the markets have been waiting for has arrived: the European Central Bank is expected Thursday to embark on government bond buying, says Simon Nixon

‘Grexit’ could happen by accident

wsj.com — Since the eurozone's inception, its survival has rested on a paradox. On the one hand, the stability of the single currency hinges on the market's faith in its irreversibility. It was to restore this faith that European Central Bank President Mario Draghi promised in 2012 to do "whatever it takes" to keep the bloc together.

Why 2014 Went Wrong for the Eurozone

wsj.com — It was supposed to be the year the eurozone exited its debt crisis, when growth would return. Where did it all go wrong, asks Simon Nixon.

Not Quite Checkmate for the Bundesbank

wsj.com — For the Bundesbank, it's check-but not yet checkmate. The German central bank's long campaign to prevent the European Central Bank buying government bonds stands on the brink of failure. Its opposition primarily reflected concerns over the legality, effectiveness and moral hazard of quantitative easing.

The Economic Consequences of Syriza’s Alexis Tsipras

wsj.com — All eyes are once again on Greece. When Prime Minister Antonis Samaras decided last week to bring forward a parliamentary vote for a new president of the republic having failed to secure a deal to exit its bailout program, the market reaction was swift: The Athens stock market fell by 20% over the course of the week and 10-year government bond yields rose above 9%.

Greece’s Samaras Waits on Verdict of the Few

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Feb 01, 2015

RT @MSmithsonPB: 62% of 1st time voters tell Opinium that UK's membership of EU is good thing. 14% say "bad" bit.ly/1zHU4An pic.twitter.com/k2xYUkVV5n

Feb 01, 2015

RT @nytimes: Venezuelans have put up with shortages and long lines for years. But now the situation is dire nyti.ms/1BFaEyl pic.twitter.com/qcuB3lQ0HC

Feb 01, 2015

RT @PLPermRepOECD: "@poroshenkoeng: Petro Poroshenko invited Leszek Balcerowicz to engage in the process of reforms in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/qFV39AutFk"

Jan 31, 2015

RT @LBalcerowicz: TheWest gave military support to Afghans when they were fighting against Soviets.What about Ukraine fighting against Putin?Double standards?

Jan 31, 2015

.@NickMalkoutzis the misunderstanding being entirely on Tsipras's side. Explains Varoufakis reverse ferret on Friday night.

Jan 31, 2015

RT @NickMalkoutzis: Greek PM Tsipras spoke to Draghi, Schulz & Dijsselbloem on Friday night to clear up any misunderstanding, reports @amna…

Jan 31, 2015

@Hugodixon @nicolas_veron @WhelanKarl can't imagine ECB would do that without comfort from eurogroup, esp after QE risk-pooling decision

Jan 31, 2015

@mentzy211 eh? that was their manifesto. So far they're doing exactly as they said. Why malicious?

Jan 31, 2015

Greece sacks heads of privatisation agency "because no need for agency to exist any more" uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKKB… > nationalisations next?

Jan 31, 2015

RT @dominic_laurie: "Europe without Greece is like a child without a birth certificate", ex French PM Valery Giscard d'Estaing

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