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EUInside.eu: GREECE IN QUICK SANDS: GERMANY’S CRUISADE AGAINST POPULISM IN EUROPE

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In the analysis of the current Greek row with the country’s creditors, and of its inimical relationship with the EU as a whole, one must differentiate between the process and the action, if it were not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater.” The negotiations with the government of the populist Syriza party, in conformity with the expectations since the beginning of the year, when the party won landslide snap elections on a wildly populist anti-austerity, anti-IMF, anti-immigration, and largely anti-EU platform, have now reached, not surprisingly, a dead end. For the past few months the negotiations have followed the example of a textbook strategy: a form of chicken game, where the winning strategy seems to rests on the use of credible threat in order to convince your opponent in the presumed rationality to choose the lesser of