A major step towards a Greek compromise | Zsolt Darvas at Bruegel.org

The temple of Hephaistos, Athens, Greece. Fran...

The temple of Hephaistos, Athens, Greece. Français : Le temple d’Héphaïstos, à Athènes, en Grèce. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent, must-read article by Zsolt Darvas, published by think-tank Bruegel. Check it out!

via A major step towards a Greek compromise | Zsolt Darvas at Bruegel.org.

It looks like the new government in Greece understand the weakness of their negotiating hand and are now ready to compromise.

Personally, I think that a compromise can be sold to all sides to this argument. Let’s hope that matters progress quickly and take some of the risks off the table.

It is time for the rebuilding of Greece. But this will only happen with reform, so that modern Greece has the benefits of best practices in Europe.

Thoughts?

Merkel in Munich – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

English: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. Th...

English: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. The photo shows a part of a public photo documentation wall at Former Check Point Charlie, Berlin. The photo documentation is permanently placed in the public. Türkçe: Berlin Duvarı, 1989 sonbaharı (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent, must-read article by Judy Dempsey and published by think-tank, Carnegie Europe. Check it out!

via Merkel in Munich – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Angela Merkel has now gone public, after her long meeting with Presidents’ Putin and Hollande in Moscow on Friday.

Most critically, Angela Merkel has ruled out a military solution to the Ukrainian crisis. She cited her own first hand experience of life behind the Berlin Wall in East Germany. She argued that the West was right not to seek a military solution after the erection of the Berlin Wall.

Angela Merkel will now have to face the US, where there is increasing pressure for arming Ukraine. Personally, I am deeply worried by President Obama’s foreign policy record, so I think Angela Merkel is right.

For another excellent article exploring the crisis in Ukraine, I recommend the detailed analysis in the FT.

I assume that President Putin will be reviewing his options to regain the initiative?

Thoughts?