The Vermont senator’s presidential campaign and top supporters say they are buoyed by a wave of support following the 78-year-old’s hospitalization.
"For a lot of centrist Democrats facing primaries, impeachment gave them a chance to flash their anti-Trump credentials," said one Democratic strategist.
Greece was not prepared to shoot the proverbial hostage in negotiations with Germany and the other eurozone nations. In fact, the Greek government was not even ready for the possibility of a Grexit if it was forced on them. To understand why Greece’s Syriza-led government had only the Grexit card to play, it is worth explaining how the political dynamics within the eurozone had stacked the negotiations against Greece from the get-go.
When Hillary Clinton called on European leaders Tuesday to “exert every effort to find” a solution that keeps Greece in the eurozone, one of the reasons she cited was her domestic constituency. “The United States has a great, active, successful Greek-American community. George Ramakis is a case in point.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former managing director of the International Monetary Fund and onetime French presidential hopeful, has a progressive plan for the Greek debt crisis that includes significant debt relief -- a concept the country's creditors appear increasingly willing to accept. The plan, which Strauss-Kahn released on Twitter, would allow Greece to postpone all debt repayments for two years but withhold additional financing for the cash-strapped nation. This would allow Greece more flexibility to recover by keeping cash flowing into its economy, but also keep pressure on its government to continue tightening its budget, Strauss-Kahn argued.
While Germany may be Greece's most fearsome opponent in negotiations over the country's debts, some German comics are sympathetic to the dilemma facing their Mediterranean neighbor. In March, the German TV comedy show "Die Anstalt" (meaning "The Institution") imagined what would happen if Greece's troika of international creditors -- the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission -- were just three German guys sitting down in a restaurant in Greece. The Huffington Post's Braden Goyette translated the sketch, and we have shared some choice segments below.
The creditors of nations long enforced their claims by the cannons of government and, in some cases, the cannons of companies. While the modern financial services era largely silenced the cannons, the political institutions that replaced them still press creditors' claims ahead of all other obligations a nation might have. Greece has long said it, and since Sunday's referendum, some other European leaders are saying it: Greece needs debt relief.
Underlying the question of whether European leaders and the Greek state will be able to come to terms amid the financial crisis is one even more fundamental: Is there room in Europe for democracy? In January, Greek voters elected a government on a platform of anti-austerity, one that argued further cuts would not just be cruel to a people already experiencing 25 percent unemployment, but economically backward as well. European leaders have spent the five months since then doing everything they can to drive that Greek government from power.
The United States should have intervened a week ago when the latest talks between Greece and its creditors began to fall apart, a former senior International Monetary Fund official told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. Appeals for compromise over the Greek debt crisis come too late now, economist Peter Doyle said.
If Greece leaves the eurozone in the coming days, it will be the result of decisions made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, more than any other institution or leader. Although Greece has been negotiating with a so-called "troika" of institutional creditors -- the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission, which represents the eurozone nations -- Germany is widely believed to be the creditor whose views are most decisive. The country is the single largest creditor in the series of bailout payments that the troika has provided to Greece since 2010.
An emerging bailout deal between Greece and its creditors likely would continue the status quo of austerity. This ongoing economic pain may embolden Greek authoritarian political forces that have ties to Russia, experts say. Greece is still negotiating with lenders over how budget-tightening in a bailout deal will be distributed.
The Huffington Post spoke to two Greek citizens with very different political views and very different hopes and expectations about a forthcoming deal. Parina Stiakaki, 66, is a translator living in Athens. Because many of her renters can no longer pay their rent, and she refuses to throw them out, Stiakaki still operates at a loss.
After months of high-stakes negotiations, the Greek government and its creditors are reportedly within striking distance of a lasting new bailout deal. A new bailout package may face challenges in other eurozone countries as well, but a vote in Germany, which is Greece's largest creditor and Europe's top economy, could prove decisive. Other Christian Democratic members of parliament (MPs) have been less delicate.