Chief European Commentator, The Wall Street Journal. Britisher. Where there is discord, may I bring harmony.

Greece Not Such a Drag for Eurozone

wsj.com — After weeks of brinkmanship between Greece and the eurozone, one might think the outlook for Europe was bleak. Since the election of a radical leftist-led government in Athens in January, a breakup of the supposedly irreversible single currency has looked more likely than ever.

Tsipras Can Expect More Humble Pie

wsj.com — Greece's membership of the eurozone looked less precarious by the end of last week than it did at the beginning-but it still hangs in the balance. Faced with escalating bank runs and rapidly deteriorating public finances, Athens finally bowed to the inevitable and did what it had vowed not to do: request an extension to the country's current bailout program-and commit in good faith to complete it.

A Flawed Plan B for Greece

wsj.com — It is a mark of the gulf that still separates Greece and the rest of the eurozone that an agreement last week simply to engage in "technical discussions" was hailed as a step forward in the search for a solution to the country's debt crisis.

Syriza’s Missing Ingredient: Investor Respect

wsj.com — Alexis Tsipras spent much of his second week in office trying to mend bridges smashed in his first. Yet the new Greek prime minister ended the week looking even more isolated in Europe than at the start: Even the French government told him not to try to split the eurozone.

A Lesson in Reality for Greece’s New Leaders

wsj.com — The professor of economic theory is being given a crash course in economic reality. In the past week, Yanis Varoufakis has had to perform a number of U-turns in his capacity as Greece's new finance minister. His party, Syriza, told voters it would demand a debt reduction; now Mr. Varoufakis says it will settle for a debt restructuring.

Beyond the Strains of Austerity, Greece Faces Deeper Troubles

wsj.com — Greece's moment of maximum danger was in March 2012. Eurozone leaders were meeting for the second time in three weeks to decide whether to grant a second bailout. Failure to do so would lead to a disorderly Greek default and exit from the eurozone.

Tsipras Needs More Than Chavez Touch

wsj.com — Greece's moment of maximum danger was in March 2012. Eurozone leaders were meeting for the second time in three weeks to decide whether to grant a second bailout. Failure to do so would lead to a disorderly Greek default and exit from the eurozone.

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.
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Mar 02, 2015

RT @JSaryuszWolski: EPP Group Vice Chair Sandra Kalniete denied access to Russia to attend Boris Nemtsov's funeral > @EPPGroup @EPP http:/…

Mar 02, 2015

@SirDickOfHearts @CapX I think BBC went out of way to compensate by hosting extended debate afterwards. Right to treat us like grown-ups.

Mar 02, 2015

Well done BBC for showing #TheGreatEuropeanDisasterMovie - has provoked some high quality EU debate, the best of it on @CapX

Mar 02, 2015

RT @LondonerVince: @Simon_Nixon Lapavitsas has been in favour of Grexit for a while. This is from 2011, for instance: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Mar 02, 2015

RT @nikostheater: @simon_nixon Lapavitsas is an economist with a well known views of #grexit. He is respected in syriza,listened to but he can't influence

Mar 02, 2015

@asentance Agree. I hope Lapavistas managed to hold onto his chair at SOAS.

Mar 02, 2015

RT @anneapplebaum: Russia has denied visa to Polish Senate Speaker, ex-Solidarity leader Borusewicz, so he cannot attend Nemtsov funeral tvn24.pl/nie-bedzie-del…

Mar 02, 2015

Athens says it can cover its funding needs in March, confirms it has "alternatives" ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_artic… @hugodixon

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