Creston Davis is the Founding Director of The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS). He is the co-author with Slavoj Zizek & John Milbank of Paul’s New Moment and the editor of The Monstrosity of Christ, co-editor with Slavoj Zizek & Clayton Crockett of Hegel and the Infinite, and with Marcus Pound & Clayton Crockett, Theology after Lacan: A Passion for the Real. He is the co-editor of Insurrections, a book series published by Columbia University Press. His forthcoming book is The Contradictions of America (with Alain Badiou).
Jon Wiltshire is a freelance journalist, living and working in Athens, Greece. He recently graduated from the London School of Economics. He blogs and tweets about the effects of the Eurozone crisis on Greece.
Michalis Spourdalakis is professor of political science at Athens University.
Yesterday, stubborn people made an erroneous choice because they are mislead enough to ignore the fact that their corrupt and inefficient domestic system is breaking their backs – and not an evil-spirited Europe.
The Greek people must be bold enough to refuse any further austerity. Not only for their sake, but also for the sake of European democracy.
Germany continues to push for austerity abroad – and has helped to spark a populist reaction in Italy. Maybe Europeans can learn a lesson from the US about failed interventionism.
In Greece, news of a return to economic growth is more or less meaningless to those thoroughly affected and thoroughly angered. Politicians should focus on repairing people’s lives, not on GDP growth.
Five years after the outbreak of the euro crisis, Greece still lies in shambles. The government and the Troika cling to hopes of “pre-crisis prosperity” but reality paints a different picture – a very, very bleak one.
The Italian case shows that the Eurozone is still a long way from pre-crisis prosperity and that the horsemen of the austerity apocalypse are within reach.