There's no way anyone normal can make human sense of the European Union's callous approach to Greece, says Rick Salutin.
Syriza represented a challenge to the prevailing European economic model, so it had to be stopped. The German grand coalition government has decided to teach Greece a lesson.
The final agreement between Greece and the Eurogroup is a disappointment for anyone who held high hopes that Greece would have taken away more than a mere extension to the existing deal.
The outcome of the prolonged negotiations between Greece and the Eurogroup must be something the Greek government supports -- or the ad hoc, haphazard procedures could well end in tragedy.
The future of Europe is in flux, as popular uprisings in Greece and Spain gain power and challenge traditional economic and political systems.
Recent German threats to throw Greece out of the euro-zone only further masks what is increasingly becoming evident: the euro is a flawed and poorly designed institution.
What Syriza and Podemos proved, against all expectations, is that you can reject the dominant neoliberal consensus on austerity, balanced budgets, etc., and succeed in the tired old electoral arena.
While Syriza has been in the news because of its vow to cancel brutal austerity measures, it has also stated that if elected it would not ratify the Canada-EU "free trade" agreement.
The victory in the Greek elections of the anti-capitalist Syriza led by Alexis Tsipras is being celebrated by Europeans rejecting policies that have produced unemployment across the Eurozone.
A list of five positive economic developments from the year past -- both globally and right here at home -- that warmed this particular economist's left-wing heart in 2014.