Greece: Voting For or Against Europe

1 July 2015, published by the UCL European Institute In this post, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Associate Professor of Law and a Fellow of Mansfield College at the University of Oxford and a spokesman on EU affairs for the Greek political party ‘To Potami’, argues that a vote in the Greek referendum on Sunday will be a choice for or against Europe. The Greek referendum is a choice for or against Europe, for the drachma or the Euro, a choice between isolation or engagement with Europe.  Continue reading

The Unfair Eurozone

Publishd on Thu 11 Jun 2015 at, Pavlos Eleftheriadis In order to understand the question of justice in the EU we need to draw a distinction between two domains of justice: constitutional justice and justice in resources. Constitutional justice is that which applies to the basic institutions of a political community. It deals with the ways in which persons are related to each other as citizens, i.e. as agents that share in the exercise of power. Constitutional justice requires us to set up institutions that treat everyone as free and equal members of a political community. By contrast, justice in resources, which can be either distributive or corrective justice, concerns the way in which goods, services, risks and opportunities are distributed within a given society. Continue reading


Are Syriza progressive reformers or cynical populists? PAVLOS ELEFTHERIADIS , published at, 10 June 2015 Syriza's approach to both European and domestic issues has shown the party more interested in power and self-preservation than in reform. When we look at populist and eurosceptic movements in Europe we normally focus on their striking ideology. Populists of the Right are seen as ideologues of nationalism. Populists of the Left, as ideologues of class war. Their common thread is their deployment of a collective ‘we’ as the subject of political and social life.  Continue reading

The Real Case for Greece

Published by Policy Network, 22 April 2015.  In coalition with the far right and propagating a false notion of national victimhood, Syriza is pushing an anti-reform agenda and missing the opportunity to promote progressive change in the eurozone  OXFORD - Syriza advocates an end to austerity, but is not an anti-austerity party. When it was a small protest party, its main message was that of anti-‘capitalist’ and anti-globalisation resistance. Continue reading

Hoffnungsträger Syriza? Nein!

Published by Berliner Republik, v. 2/2015, April 2015. OXFORD - Pavlos Eleftheriadis -- Keine Partei in Europa erhitzt derzeit die Gemüter so sehr wie die neue griechische Regierungspartei Syriza. Die einen sehen in ihr die Fackelträgerin einer progressiven Erneuerung unseres Kontinents. Die anderen erkennen in den Akteuren von Syriza bloß halbstarke Populisten ohne Maß und Reformkonzept. Pavlos Eleftheriadis bezieht Position.  Continue reading

Syriza's Limited Options

Published at the website Ο on 26/02/2015 OXFORD, 26/02/2015 - Syriza, the Greek radical Left party, won power in January promising an end to austerity. Many commentators in Europe believe that on this basis it must be an anti-austerity party. They are wrong. Austerity is only a small part of its platform. Syriza originates in a coalition of anti-capitalist, Marxist and leftist groups. Its main emphasis is hostility to markets and to globalisation Continue reading


Published at Project Syndicate, 11/2/2015  OXFORD – On January 25, Greece voted decisively for change, removing from power the two political parties – New Democracy and Pasok – that have ruled the country in one form or another since the restoration of democracy in 1974. It was past time that voters did so. Over the last four decades, Greece's leaders created a system of clientelism that transformed the country into the most unequal and socially unjust society in the European Union.  Continue reading


Fledgling Greek party Potami aims for post-election deal with Syriza Left-wing Syriza has boxed itself into a corner, says centrist Potami candidate  IRISH TIMES, Mon, Jan 19, 2015  It may be a far cry from Oxford University, but as Pavlos Eleftheriadis sat down behind his new desk in a small, bare office in a start-up hub in central Athens, the law professor said he has no regrets about taking a break from his successful academic career for the rough and tumble of a Greek election campaign, his second in a year.   Continue reading

Lecture at Boston College, 2013

In September 2013 I gave a talk at Boston College on 'Democracy in the Eurozone'. The Clough Centre put together an extremely helpful account of my talk and published it in its annual report for 2013-2014. It is now available here.  Continue reading

Misrule of the Few: How the Oligarchs Ruined Greece

Published by Foreign Affairs, November/December 2014. Just a few years ago, Greece came perilously close to defaulting on its debts and exiting the eurozone. Today, thanks to the largest sovereign bailout in history, the country’s economy is showing new signs of life. In exchange for promises that Athens would enact aggressive austerity measures, the so-called troika—the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund—provided tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans.    Continue reading