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The eurozone: In the red. A discussion

Joining host David Reed of the Missouri School of Journalism and guest Clark Boyd from PRI’s The World on Global Journalist, a half-hour weekly discussion of international news by a panel of journalists from around the world.

The topic of discussion? Greece and the eurozone crisis:
http://www.globaljournalist.org/radio/2011/10/20/

And, catching up with Jeff Santos on Revolution Boston.
http://revolutionboston.com/podcast/2011-10/3075

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Is Greece drowning in Europe’s fruit salad?

Illustration by Manos Symeonakis

“Europe is like a fruit salad,” says Frank Schwalba-Hoth, perched on the edge of his seat at the European Parliament’s cafe in Brussels. Normally, our surroundings would be a hive of activity but this week the MEPs have buzzed off to Strasbourg, the Parliament’s other home. But even if there had been a throng of politicians from the 27 member states around, the topic of discussion — Will Greece survive? Will the EU survive? — would have been too absorbing for us to notice.

Schwalba-Hoth, a German politician who was a founding member of the country’s Green Party and served as an MEP in the 1980s, is engaging company. He now works as a networker and consultant in Brussels and his knowledge of the workings and history of Europe’s institutions is unrivaled. He believes the Greek debt crisis and the threat it poses to the euro is just the latest in a long list of challenges that the EU, which traces its roots back to the European Coal and Steel Community founded in 1951, has faced in its long history.

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