Matt Wuerker

Waardoor zijn we de grip op Griekenland kwijtgeraakt?

BRUSSEL – De schuldvraag is in Europa nog niet aan de orde. Dankzij een akkoord tussen Griekenland, zijn private schuldeisers en zijn publieke kredietverschaffers kan het land op 20 maart de volgende schuldaflossingstermijn nakomen. De Europeanen verdienen een pluim omdat zij een belangrijke stap in de richting van realiteitszin gezet hebben. Private schuldeisers hebben een afwaardering van meer dan 50% op hun vorderingen en een verlaging van de rentevergoeding geaccepteerd, waarmee de totale schuldverlichting op meer dan twee derde uitkomt.

Weliswaar is er ternauwernood een oplossing gevonden, maar velen menen dat de ‘dag des oordeels’ daarmee alleen maar uitgesteld is: Griekenland gaat volgens hen de beloofde bezuinigingen toch niet uitvoeren om uiteindelijk ofwel zelf te besluiten om uit de eurozone te stappen, of na een uiteindelijk bankroet uit de muntunie te worden gezet.

Zelfs al voordat het meest recente akkoord gesloten was, vroegen Nederlandse, Finse en sommige Duitse politieke leiders zich openlijk af waarom Griekenland eigenlijk nog in de euro zou moeten blijven. In Athene bereikte de ergernis een nieuw hoogtepunt en kwam de verbitterdheid gevaarlijk dicht in de buurt van de woede in de jaren twintig over de Duitse repatriëringen.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.

required

Log in

http://prosyn.org/XUFNBgf/nl;
  1. Trump & Turkey ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images.

    A Tax Plan that’s All Stuffing?

    US President Donald Trump has set a Christmas deadline for enacting the Republican tax plan, and economic observers are virtually unanimous in judging it a turkey. A scheme that squeezes the middle class and blows out the fiscal and current-account deficits may pass, but it will never fly. 

  2. China corruption Isaac Lawrence/Getty Images

    The Next Battle in China’s War on Corruption

    • Chinese President Xi Jinping knows well the threat that corruption poses to the authority of the Communist Party of China and the state it controls. 
    • But moving beyond Xi's anti-corruption purge to build robust and lasting anti-graft institutions will not be easy, owing to enduring opportunities for bureaucratic capture.
  3. Trump at UN Drew Angerer/Getty Images

    The Dangers of Nuclear Bombast

    US President Donald Trump has refused to recertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, an agreement that he once predicted would "lead to a nuclear holocaust." Unfortunately, by creating more perverse incentives for hostile regimes to pursue nuclear armaments at all costs, Trump has made the nightmare scenario he fears even more likely.

  4. Adam Michnik Gallo Images/Getty Images

    Europe’s New Eastern Question

    interviews

    Insider Interview

    • With right-wing populists ascendant in Poland and Hungary, and gaining ground elsewhere in the European Union, politics in some parts of the West looks increasingly like politics in Russia.

    • Sławomir Sierakowski, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw interviews Adam Michnik, one of the intellectual architects of Solidarity and of the transition from communism in Central Europe, on Europe's illiberal turn.
  5. Italy unemployed demonstration SalvatoreEsposito/Barcroftimages / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

    Putting Europe’s Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

    Across the European Union, millions of people who are willing and able to work have been unemployed for a year or longer, at great cost to social cohesion and political stability. If the EU is serious about stopping the rise of populism, it will need to do more to ensure that labor markets are working for everyone.

  6. Latin America market Federico Parra/Getty Images

    A Belt and Road for the Americas?

    In a time of global uncertainty, a vision of “made in the Americas” prosperity provides a unifying agenda for the continent. If implemented, the US could reassert its historical leadership among a group of countries that share its fundamental values, as well as an interest in inclusive economic growth and rising living standards.

  7. Startup office Mladlen Antonov/Getty Images

    How Best to Promote Research and Development

    Clearly, there is something appealing about a start-up-based innovation strategy: it feels democratic, accessible, and so California. But it is definitely not the only way to boost research and development, or even the main way, and it is certainly not the way most major innovations in the US came about during the twentieth century.