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Rebuilding eurozone's ground zero: a review of the Greek economic crisis

Chrysoloras, Nikos (2013) Rebuilding eurozone's ground zero: a review of the Greek economic crisis. GreeSE paper: Hellenic Observatory papers on Greece and Southeast Europe (No. 66). Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Despite widespread criticism on its performance, all indicators demonstrate that Greece has achieved impressive fiscal and structural adjustment since its de facto bankruptcy, in May 2010. However, serious implementation problems, the pace and sheer volume of the contractionary measures adopted over the last years, as well as the fact that the burden was unevenly shared, may lead to a social and political crisis, which could threaten the very survival of democracy in the country. Such catastrophe would destabilize the Balkan region and the Eurozone, while it would deal a huge blow to the European unification project. This paper examines the reasons and events that led to Greece's economic implosion, describes the current predicaments of the country, and - most importantly - explores suggestions for rebuilding the Greek economy on more solid foundations, without tearing society apart in the process.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 16:55
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 00:06

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