Politics @ Surrey

The blog of the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey

Two down, how many more to go…?

As we wave (slowly) goodbye to both Papandreou and Berlusconi, it’s worth reflecting that neither departure solves the current eurozone crisis in of itself.  Instead, it merely removes some barriers (both real and imagined) to salvaging something from the whole sorry episode. There was an interesting programme on the radio this week, about how we […]

Greece seals deal on new coalition under EU pressure

Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos, Lecturer in European Politics, comments: “The Greek political system has a poor record of coalition/cooperation governments: in fact any contemporary attempts have failed in producing a stable government scheme. However, this coalition is starting on the right foot: all sources seem to converge on the name of Loukas Papademos (former VP of […]

Crisis in the Eurozone: A Greek perspective

Our in-house political psychology and behaviour expert, Dr Capelos, cross-examines our in-house Greek politics expert, Dr Exadaktylos, in an effort to make sense of current developments unfolding in the Euro-area and Greece itself. The exchange took place between 11.40 and 12.40 local time and will be updated should developments surpass the relevance of some opinions.

The trouble with people

As Winston Churchill famously remarked once, “democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time”.  Certainly, last night’s announcement by the Greek Prime Minister to hold a referendum on the latest bailout package does strike one as (at best) high-risk.  The general consensus amongst […]

Was the International Intervention in Libya a Success?

With the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2016 of 27 October and the statement on 28 October from the NATO Secretary-General announcing the end of NATO’s air campaign, the UN-mandated intervention in Libya is now officially at an end (although the UN Security Council, using the customary language, remains “actively seized of the matter”). Was it a success? […]

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