Vivien Schmidt on NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook

Greeks on a Teetering Greece

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We bring in the Greeks to talk about what’s ahead as their country teeters.

It’s all about the Greeks in Europe this week, and really around the world.  The Greeks’ debt.  The Greeks’ crisis.  The Greeks’ stunner of a sudden conversation about voting on whether or not to accept their own bail-out from Europe and the pain that would come with it.

The “hemlock ballot,” wags called it – and it’s off, apparently, already.  Greece got in way over its head on debt and spending.  Now it’s in a world of hurt and struggling over how to respond.  In the Euro-zone, or out. In the streets, or off.

This hour On Point: we talk with Greeks about their close encounter with Greek tragedy, and ours.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Yanis Varoufakis, Professor of Economics, University of Athens, and author of The Global Minotaur: The true causes and nature of the current economic crisis.

Naya Kotsira, she is a civil servant who handles hiring and firing at Greece’s ministries.

John Psaropoulos, Greece correspondent for National Public Radio.

Vivien Ann Schmidt, Professor of European Integration at Boston University, where she is also Director of the Center for International Relations and Director of the Center for the Study of Europe

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