from The Great Debate:

Greece’s self-inflicted tragedy and the catharsis to come

By John Lloyd
July 2, 2015

The word 'No' in Greek is seen on a banner hanging from Athens' University building

The word 'no' in Greek is seen on a banner hanging from Athens' University building in Greece, July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

from The Great Debate:

Grexit signs: Drachma, how we’ve missed you!

By John Lloyd
June 28, 2015

A drop of water is seen on a Greek twenty-Drachma coin depicting ancient Athenian politician and general Pericles in this picture illustration taken in Athens

A drop of water is seen on a Greek 20-drachma coin depicting ancient Athenian politician and general Pericles in this picture illustration taken in Athens March 22, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Germany’s renewed hegemony isn’t something Europe needs to fear

By John Lloyd
August 22, 2014

German Chancellor Merkel attends news conference in Berlin

She can’t help it. Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, is the most important leader in Europe. She tries to duck it by exhibiting a modest demeanor, presenting no charisma, no grand pronouncements, no apparent ambition to stamp her views on history. She just carries on.

The beautiful folly of the European experiment

By John Lloyd
November 18, 2011

We Europeans are in the mud of agony, but our hearts are among the stars of bliss. Our anthem is Beethoven’s setting – in the last movement of his 9th Symphony – of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, a work of transcendent romantic idealism, above all in its central claim – “All men will be brothers!” (“Alle menschen werden bruder”: in the fashion of the time, Schiller meant all humanity).