Chief European Commentator @WSJ, columnist @TheTimes. Britisher. Where there is discord may I bring harmony.

Brilliant or just incompetent? The jury is still out on Tsipras’ strategy

thetimes.co.uk — How much of Alexis Tsipras's tactics over the past five months have been driven by cock-up and how much by conspiracy? It's a question even the historians may never fully resolve. The Greek prime minister said in a televised statement that those accusing him of having a plan to take Greece out of the eurozone were telling lies.

It Looks a Perfect Exit Stage Left for Tsipras

wsj.com — How much of Alexis Tsipras's tactics over the past five months have been driven by incompetence and how much by conspiracy? It's a question even the historians may never fully resolve. The Greek Prime Minister said in a televised statement that those accusing him of having a deliberate plan to take Greece out of the eurozone were telling lies.

Greece’s European Identity Is at Stake

wsj.com — Greece's history is filled with major disasters and impressive recoveries The history of Greece is filled with major disasters and impressive recoveries. Even its birth in 1832 was a triumph over the odds, assisted by the decision of the U.K. and France to come to the rescue of an independence movement on the brink of defeat.

Only a bad deal is possible, but even that is better than no deal

thetimes.co.uk — Alexis Tsipras's five-month campaign of brinkmanship with Greece's creditors was always going to end in one of two ways: either with the prime minister's near-total capitulation to the demands of the country's creditors, or a return to the drachma.

Bad Greek Deal Better Than No Deal

wsj.com — Alexis Tsipras's five-month campaign of brinkmanship with Greece's creditors was always going to end in one of two ways: either with the prime minister's near-total capitulation to the demands of the country's creditors or a return to the drachma.

A Reckoning for Greek Brinkmanship

wsj.com — For five months, the Greek government has been attempting to change the nature of the eurozone through brinkmanship. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was elected on a promise that he could keep Greece in the eurozone while embarking on a major expansion of public spending.

Greece may hold the key to Italy’s much-needed, long-awaited reforms

Italy’s Reforms at Risk From Outside Forces

wsj.com — All European eyes will be anxiously turned to Greece in the coming days, but Italian eyes are turned more anxiously than most.

How the Eurozone Should Deal With Pushback

wsj.com — Whatever the outcome of the interminable Greek crisis, it has highlighted a major challenge for the eurozone: How does it induce a member state to pursue policies vital not only to its own economic fortunes, but also to those of every other country to which it is yoked?

What will it take to persuade the eurozone governments to reform?

thetimes.co.uk — Whatever the outcome of the interminable Greek crisis, it has highlighted a big challenge for the eurozone: how does it induce a member state to pursue policies vital not only to its own fortunes but also to those of every other country to which it is yoked?
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Jul 01, 2015

RT @socbxl: - President of the Eurogroup (Dijsselbloem): Statement on Greece #TVNewsroom nwsr.eu/4d4

Jul 01, 2015

@rdipad it wasn't my thought, I was reporting expectation in eurogroup. I imagine Syriza hardliners got to Tsipras.

Jul 01, 2015

@plegrain @DougRediker @GreekAnalyst the GR rejected the funding then called referendum after it had expired!!!

Jul 01, 2015

Might as well cancel that eurogroup call then. Nothing to discuss. #tsipras

Jul 01, 2015

@plegrain @DougRediker @GreekAnalyst what changed was that Athens decided to cut itself off from its only possible source of funding

Jul 01, 2015

RT @StephenFidler1: Greeks may not understand what they are being asked to vote on, says European rights watchdog. on.wsj.com/1ej0tZt via @WSJ

Jul 01, 2015

@plegrain @GreekAnalyst Solvency is a dynamic not static concept: 50% of bank capital is tax credits from a govt with no source of funding.

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