In Search of Alternatives
In Search of Alternatives

Greece between European Frustration and Russian Temptation

07/02/2016 | by Julian Rappold | Greece, International Policy/Relations

Tensions over the debt crisis have led to a loss of respect for the EU in Greece. But does Russia offer any kind of alternative to the “austerity directive” coming from Brussels? The Tsipras government's initial efforts to forge closer links with Moscow have not paid off. Crucially, Russia is unable – and unwilling – to offer Greece financial support, but it is all too glad to mobilize Greek sympathy. The EU should listen carefully to the discussion about Russia’s influence on Greece.

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