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Europe's OrphanThe Future of the Euro and the Politics of Debt$
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Martin Sandbu

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175942

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175942.001.0001

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Greece and the Idolatry of Debt

Greece and the Idolatry of Debt

(p.48) Three Greece and the Idolatry of Debt
Europe's Orphan

Martin Sandbu

Princeton University Press

This chapter evaluates the case of Greece's sovereign debt crisis. Greece only makes up one-fiftieth of the eurozone economy. The problems it has caused the monetary union, however, are out of all proportion to its size. Greece is where the sovereign debt crisis started; and it is the one eurozone economy whose membership of the euro remains unsettled. That is why a detailed examination of Greece's travails is the right place to start a retelling of Europe's crisis. It reveals just how stubbornly the eurozone has stuck to the goal of trading financial transfers for more centralised power — from the first crisis in early 2010 to the renewed stand-off between Greece and the rest of the eurozone after left-wing radicals won power in Athens in January 2015.

Keywords:   Greece, sovereign debt crisis, eurozone economy, monetary union, euro, eurozone, financial transfers

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