Poul Thomsen

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Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks at a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany in August. Clemens Bilan/EPA

The 19th century American historian Henry Adams may have exaggerated when he called politics “the systematic organisation of hatreds”. In a country l(...)

IMF MD Christine Lagarde  at the plenary session of the  IMF/World Bank meeting October 13th. Photograph:  AFP/IMF

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said she expects global economic growth to strengthen next year, but urged countries to invest more to ensure (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (r) and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Andrea Bonetti/EPA

The New York Review of Books recently carried a conversation between two American philosophers who concluded that everything we can see and do is inde(...)

Yanis Varoufakis’s motto was “If you cannot imagine walking out of a negotiation, you should not enter it.” In the end, he was thrown out for trying to discuss the emperor’s new clothes. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

It is inconceivable that an Irish finance minister would resign on a question of principle. But Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister from Janu(...)

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says only the soup kitchens are flourishing in Athens these days. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

After last summer, when the clash between Greece’s Syriza government and the insolvent state’s creditors ended, the world’s media moved on. Greece’s(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble (left) and Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan (right) shake hands across Chinese finance minister Lou Jiwei at the G20 Finance Ministers and Bank Governors gathering at the IMF and World Bank spring meetings in Washington. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has ruled out debt relief for Greece, rebuffing a key demand of the International Monetary Fund even as he w(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  accused the International Monetary Fund of attempting to push his country into default following a leaked teleconference transcript. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has accused the International Monetary Fund of attempting to push his country into default and demanded clarifica(...)

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s office has asked her to clarify the Fund’s stance, after Internet whistleblowing site WikiLeaks published what it said was the transcript of a March 19th conference call of three senior IMF officials.

Greece has demanded an explanation from the International Monetary Fund after an apparent leaked transcript suggested the IMF may threaten to pull out(...)

EU-IMF lenders will resume talks in Athens on Greece’s fiscal and reform progress next week aiming to conclude a bailout review that will unlock further loans and pave the way for negotiations on long-desired debt restructuring.  File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Greece demanded an explanation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Saturday after an apparent leaked transcript suggested the fund may threa(...)

A European Union flag flutters as the ancient Parthenon temple. Photograph:  Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece made a small interest payment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday but European lenders dashed hopes for a cash-for-reforms deal (...)

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