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Greek bailout crisis: Queen's University expert

2012-05-14

Queen’s University expert Phil Guirlando is available to talk about the crisis caused by the leader of a left-wing Greek political party who says Greece should withdraw from its international bailout commitments. Many European leaders are speaking out against the move, saying it would be a catastrophe.

Mr. Giurlando says talk by Greek politicians about dropping the euro is a fairly significant threat that world leaders should be worried about.

“Many experts now feel that it is only a matter of time before Greece leaves the Euro and it can happen as early as the end of this summer,” says Mr. Giurlando, a PhD political studies student who is writing his thesis on the euro. “It’s very schizophrenic situation. Anti-bailout political groups made up 68 per cent of Sunday’s election vote, yet 70 per cent of Greeks want to stay in the Euro. They want the euro without the costs associated with the euro.”

Please note Mr. Giurlando is only available for phone interviews on May 9, but is generally available for TV and phone interviews the rest of the week. Mr. Giurlando is based in Toronto.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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