About: Jens Bastian

Reflections on the current situation in Greece

The Greek crisis is best understood as a struggle for a new social contract between the country's political elites and its citizens, argues Jens Bastian of ELIAMEP in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 29-04-2011

Restructuring: By design or by default?

Just as Europe was talking about bailouts a year ago, it is now moving into 'restructuring' territory. But a year from now not even that will have been enough and the new order of the day will be the dreaded D-word: default, writes Jens Bastian, visiting fellow for the political economy of Southeast Europe at St. Antony’s College in Oxford, England in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV. 
Euro & Finance 23-09-2010

Why the spectre of default just refuses to go away

City analysts in London and journalistic observers in Paris and Frankfurt already appear to have drawn the conclusion that it is only a matter of time before Greece defaults. Although the prime minister, the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF keep on denying such a scenario, the spectre of default keeps returning and is starting to form its own reality, writes Jens Bastian, senior economic research fellow for South Eastern Europe at ELIAMEP, in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 31-03-2010

Why the Greek crisis matters to its neighbours in southeast Europe

The countries of southeastern Europe cannot remain indifferent to the ongoing fiscal and debt crises in Greece due to the latter's track record of foreign investment, foreign policy focus in the region and growing trade volumes, writes Jens Bastian, senior economic research fellow at the Athens-based Hellenic Foundation for Foreign and European Policy (ELIAMEP), in a March op-ed.
Euro & Finance 05-02-2010

Greece: Time to lead, not waiver

It is essential for Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou that the economic and fiscal crises do not deteriorate into a wider political crisis that the country cannot afford, writes Dr. Jens Bastian of Athens-based ELIAMEP, the Hellenic Foundation for Foreign and European Policy.