Europe's economic challenge not just about Greece

  • 18 August 2015
  • From the section Europe
Alexis Tsipras (l) and Jean-Claude Juncker (r)
Image caption Mr Juncker (r) declared: "Greece is and will remain irreversibly a member of the euro area"

There was a moment in 2010 when I was in a lift inside the Berlaymont building in Brussels - the headquarters of the EU's executive branch.

Two colleagues entered and one said to the other, "I hear Greece has been saved." The other man said it was "great news".

It felt as if the relief of Athens had just been reported in a despatch from a distant frontline.

Little could the officials know how long the Greek crisis had to run and how it would come to dominate a string of late-night emergency meetings.

At times it seemed that the future of the EU itself was tied to the fate of a country that made up just over 2% of the eurozone's economy.

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The message from the US presidential campaign

Donald Trump
Image caption Donald Trump has led recent Republican polls

American presidential politics do not pause for summer. They are in full roll: an incessant drumbeat of speeches, bites and clips all scrabbling for attention.

For the Republicans, there is an all-important August debate. And for all the candidates, Iowa and its caucuses lie just over the near horizon.

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Greece debt crisis continues to expose European divisions

  • 17 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greece bailout 'package'

When it was done, when the 17 hours of negotiations had dragged out an agreement, French President Francois Hollande said: "We had to preserve French-German relations."

It had to be said, but few believed it. The Greek crisis has exposed a fault line: France and Germany do not share the same vision of Europe.

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Harsh Greece deal leaves European vision tainted

  • 13 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greek prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Image caption Alexis Tsipras may face a snap election

Athens has been offered a third bail-out. Bankruptcy, the spectre of a failed state, has been avoided, and Greece will stay inside the euro.

But the deal, hammered out over 17 hours, has left many Greeks humiliated.

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Greece debt crisis: The final showdown

  • 8 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
A Greek flag flutters atop the Acropolis hill in Athens
Image caption The outlook is bleak for Greece - and the rest of Europe - unless a debt deal is reached

The Greek road is littered with discarded deadlines. Moments of truth have come and gone.

Headline writers predicting Greece's departure from the euro have been made to look foolish as yet another meeting is scheduled.

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Greece votes 'No' and gambles its future

  • 6 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greeks celebrating referendum result
Image caption Greek voters have left many questions for eurozone leaders to answer

Greek voters have delivered a defiant response to Europe. Political leaders and heads of government had lined up to warn the Greeks that a "No" vote would be a vote to leave the euro. It did not deter them. Indeed many voters seemed to revel in their resistance.

The European Project is now facing its gravest crisis.

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Greek debt crisis: Tsipras and his Greek gamble

  • 1 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Monday, 22 June
Image caption Alexis Tsipras became prime minister in January

In making his calculations, the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, should be under no illusions - the rest of the eurozone wants him out.

When he unexpectedly sprung a referendum on his European partners, they were outraged and quickly ended negotiations.

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Greek debt crisis: A country on the brink

  • 28 June 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks at his watch as he delivers a speech during a parliamentary session in Athens on 28 June 2015
Image caption Time is ticking for Greek PM Alexis Tsipras

The eurozone is facing its gravest crisis in its 16-year history. Greece is on the verge of defaulting.

Almost certainly it will fail to repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday. The risk of Greece leaving the eurozone has increased significantly. Both Europe and Greece have entered a period of turbulence with neither side in control of events.

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Greece and Germany and the weight of history

  • 21 June 2015
  • From the section Europe
Greek flag and protesters

In the film The Godfather Michael Corleone is asked about Sicily: "Why is such a beautiful country so violent?"

"History," he replies simply.

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Greek stand-off could slide out of control

  • 3 June 2015
  • From the section Europe
A lottery ticket seller rests at a bus-stop in Athens
Image caption Greek lottery: one way to beat austerity in Athens

After four months of brinkmanship, Greece faces days full of risk. A deadline approaches.

On Friday, Athens is due to make a repayment of 300m euros (£218m) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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