George Papandreou

ATHENS, Greece -- Europe can, and must, prepare for the return of so many who will be called upon to rebuild destroyed societies. Crucially, they will become the architects and engineers of new societies that can withstand the authoritarianism of dictators, fundamentalists and populists.
"The biggest challenge for those participating in the new government will be to implement reforms in the best way for Greek people’s interests."
CORFU, Greece -- The opportunity now is to leverage German overreach against itself, like in judo, to flip the agenda of building Europe's future toward a broader approach beyond sovereign debt and the euro.
Five years into Greece's fiscal emergency, the Troika is justifiably skeptical about this week's make-or-break negotiations with Athens. Its leaders have heard these commitments before. For Syriza, this will be its most important test.
The fiscal adjustment we have accomplished was done much less through reform, i.e. reorganizing the management of our country, public sector and economy, and more through cuts and taxes. However this has placed an inordinate burden on the middle class, it has created an army of young unemployed and many households are under the poverty line.