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Alexis Tsipras speaks during a news conference in Athens on June 1

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Greece’s Tsipras Tries to Call EU’s Bluff Over Funding

Alexis Tsipras, whose Syriza party is vying for first place in polls ahead of the country’s June 17 election, is trying to call the European Union’s bluff over funding for Greece. In this television interview, Tsipras says: “We have no...

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Shipping container transporters stand idle in Piraeus port, Athens.

Photograph by Nikos Pilos/Bloomberg

Shipping container transporters stand idle in Piraeus port, Athens.

Tax Would Push Greek Shippers Offshore

There may be no lack of businesses that could pay more tax in Greece, but that doesn’t mean whoever wins the June 17 general election is going to have an easy time convincing them that paying up makes good business...

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Author Stephane Hessel

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Author Stephane Hessel

Spaniards Dust Off Marx

Radical political writing is providing some European publishers with surprise successes amid the debt crisis. In Madrid, one book that has sprung back from nowhere this week is Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto, which first came out in...

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Photograph by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Are Germany’s `Minijobs’ a Poverty Trap?

Germany’s jobless rate has fallen to a two-decade low of 6,7 percent. Meanwhile, across the border in France, “President Francois Hollande ended his first two weeks in office with a thud,” Helene Fouquet and Mark Deen report, after jobless claims...

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Photograph by Sipa via AP Photo

Photograph by Sipa via AP Photo

Greece: Europe’s New Special Economic Zone

Germany’s Angela Merkel is hunting for alternatives to her austerity mantra. She needs a new message after her line was eclipsed by French President Francois Hollande’s election on a push-for-growth agenda. Among the proposals lined up by Merkel’s advisers, Der...

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Photograph by Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg

Photograph by Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg

When a Greek Bank Run Becomes a Balkan Bank Run

One European bank that is getting ready for a wave of clients withdrawing money, spooked by uncertainty over Greece’s future in the euro ahead of the country’s elections on June 17, is Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International AG. The bank has...

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