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The Mitsotakis/Erdogan phone call and beyond

By |2020-09-16T13:00:40+03:00June 29th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

The Mitsotakis/Erdogan phone call and beyond by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Some months ago, when Greece – with the (largely symbolic) help of its European partners – was successful in holding back a wave of refugees and migrants trying to cross its borders from Turkey so as to access “Europe”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fumed [...]

Faster tempo

By |2020-09-16T13:54:58+03:00June 22nd, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Faster tempo by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The tempo of change is getting faster and faster - in more than one fields. This makes it increasingly difficult for public opinion to adapt; but also for the political system - the supposed driving force - to keep up with expectations. In the circle of Greek public life, [...]

Of Europe, the US, Turkey. Irini and eye-openers

By |2020-09-16T13:56:56+03:00June 15th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of Europe, the US, Turkey. Irini and eye-openers by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The bit of information – it started as a leak, it soon morphed into news – that the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would join in the (videoconference) deliberations of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday is the very first step [...]

Christoforos Pissaridis at the Delphi Economic Forum – upd

By |2020-09-16T14:01:15+03:00June 11th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Christoforos Pissaridis at the Delphi Economic Forum - upd by Antonis D. Papagiannidis In this year’s DEF, economia has had the pleasure to present to the diverse audience of the Forum – conducting in a digital environment, due to the Covid pandemic – LSE Professor and 2010 Nobel laureate Christoforos Pissaridis, who accepted to broach [...]

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 [...]

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