Iannis Carras

is an economic and social historian of the eighteenth and nineteenth century Balkan and Russian worlds. He is currently working on growth in trade through the Black Sea as part of the Thalis project. He is active in Greek NGOs and has been a parliamentary candidate in the Athens region for the Greek Green Party.


Cover for: Structural funds and crocodile tears

Structural funds and crocodile tears

Why the EU must share the blame for the Greek crisis

Misdirected EU aid has strengthened rent-seeking elements in the Greek economy and fostered political clientelism, writes Iannis Carras. Instead of learning from mistakes, current EU/IMF policy favours construction and privatization of state land, enabled through a legal sleight of hand. Quite apart from the environmental risks, this is counterproductive in economic terms.