The “Restart Tourism” controversy

By |2020-09-16T15:29:55+03:00June 9th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

The “Restart Tourism” controversy by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greece being what it is, we Greeks being who we are, the «Restart Tourism» national promotional campaign for the post-coronavirus era was expected to become a matter of contention. Inevitably. The summer of 2020, however successful the policies implemented to contain the onslaught of the virus in [...]

Of Recovery Fund enthusiasm

By |2020-09-16T15:33:43+03:00June 1st, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of Recovery Fund enthusiasm by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The mid-Eighties is a long time back, but that era still resonates warmly in Greek consciousness. Back then, Greece as new EEC (at that time…) entrant under its firebrand, Euro-sceptic, Andreas Papandreou-led Government turned pro-European through a heavy dose of regional and agricultural spending. Greece was made [...]

The Evros border in the limelight – an overview

By |2020-09-16T15:37:00+03:00May 25th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

The Evros border in the limelight – an overview by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Some ten weeks ago, the Evros/Pazarkule Greek-Turkish border had become a site of humanitarian concern, of political contention and of potential conflagration. A reminder: the Turkish practice of allowing refugees/migrants/asylum seekers to (try and) cross over to Greece en masse was resisted [...]

Of unemployment, of flexibility and of the nature of labour, post-Covid

By |2020-09-16T15:39:39+03:00May 18th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of unemployment, of flexibility and of the nature of labour, post-Covid by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greece has been quite successful in dealing with the health aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Public opinion has appreciated the Government’s performance in keeping the spread of the virus at bay; international media have shown their appreciation. Now that opening-up [...]

Corona pandemic, energy prices and power-play in Eastern Mediterranean

By |2020-09-16T15:42:07+03:00May 11th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Corona pandemic, energy prices and power-play in Eastern Mediterranean by Antonis D. Papagiannidis In an effort to rebuff criticism over a bill brought to (and voted in) Parliament that will allow for (i.a.) hydrocarbon explorations to be undertaken in protected Natura regions of Greece, Energy-and-Environment Minister Kostis Hadjidakis shrugged away objections pointing out that curent [...]

Covid-19: health-policy issues and economic consequences

By |2020-09-24T15:05:40+03:00May 7th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

As the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have reached its peak and lock-downs are being relaxed around the world – especially in Europe that is Greece’s own environment – a bird’s-eye approach to the health-policy issues raised and to the economic consequences is useful for every country. As Greece is going its way, we have secured [...]

Meanwhile, neighbouring Turkey…

By |2020-09-16T15:49:12+03:00May 4th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Meanwhile, neighbouring Turkey… by Antonis D. Papagiannidis May has come for Greece with the rightfully expected normal nice weather, along with back-to-normal (well, some sort of normal…) opening-up of economic and social life, gradually easing lock-down measures and so forth. The tourist season would normally start just right now – but the restrictive measures still [...]

To build consensus in Greece may be a miracle; to keep it standing is quite another business

By |2020-09-16T15:51:08+03:00April 27th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

To build consensus in Greece may be a miracle; to keep it standing is quite another business by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greeks have been quite proud to see their country named in international media among those constituting “corona best practice” at a global level – alongside Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Singapore and [...]

Self-gratification can lead to a slippery slope

By |2020-09-16T15:53:17+03:00April 21st, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Self-gratification can lead to a slippery slope by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greece has adopted a demanding policy, Greeks have followed a difficult path in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Early lock-down has not been just legislated, but also largely adhered to by a Mediterranean, less-than-displined population: was it an internalized feeling of threat? Was [...]

When Greece reverts discreetly to normal

By |2020-09-16T16:32:33+03:00April 13th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

When Greece reverts discreetly to normal by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The Covid-19 pandemic has already contributed an interesting collateral gain to regional stability; maybe it even signaled a useful “back to normal” for Greece insofar international/European norms covering the refugee/migration issue is concerned. The spread of the virus menace in Turkey seems to have defused [...]

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