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2 articles from this medium have been cited in the European press review by euro|topics.

1.  BBC - United Kingdom | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Barroso's doubts about austerity justified

EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso spoke out on Tuesday in favour of easing the strict cost-cutting measures for ailing EU member states. The BBC's Europe editor Gavin Hewitt senses on his blog an admission that belt-tightening was the wrong strategy: "The austerity believers are in retreat. Ireland and Portugal have been granted seven more years to meet their targets. Spain is likely to miss its target for reducing its deficit. Indeed, it had the biggest public deficit in the EU last year. Increasingly it looks as if it will get more time. ... Suddenly targets are being eased and relaxed. For what Europe's leaders and officials fear more now is unemployment, recession, and growing disillusionment with the eurozone that seems unable to deliver. Reducing debt is no longer the priority. But the question remains - could the devastation of the economies of southern Europe have been avoided, or has that been the price of preserving the eurozone?"

2.  BBC - United Kingdom | Monday, February 25, 2013

Grillo will have a say

The protest Five Star Movement under comedian Beppe Grillo has emerged from the Italian parliamentary elections as the third-strongest force. The BBC's Europe editor Gavin Hewitt is impressed by this success, especially since Grillo managed it "without giving any Italian TV interviews. His is an internet-based campaign. He draws momentum from the crowds and the streets. ... This comedian could become a player, a broker in determining Italy's next government.  He himself will not be in parliament. He is barred from standing, having been convicted of manslaughter for a car accident. So the next parliament may have 70 or 80 inexperienced MPs without the guidance of the man who has built this movement. Mr Grillo could well have a say over Italy's future. He may demand electoral reform as the price of supporting any coalition government."

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