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Greece faces Turkish aggression but also international aloofness: the need for public diplomacy

Greece faces Turkish aggression but also international aloofness: the need for public diplomacy by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The Greek-Turkish dispute has taken an unpleasant turn within the last days. Although openings for some sort of de-escalation remain present – the Prague meetings over the European Political Community offer the chance of an Erdogan-Mitsotakis face-to-face which would be far more productive than any NATO de-confliction routine… - tensions over the Aegean are getting out of hand. Ankara has somehow kidnapped the [...]

October 3rd, 2022|Online news / Blog|

The Erdogan – Mitsotakis routine: it takes two to tango, but also to brawl

The Erdogan – Mitsotakis routine: it takes two to tango, but also to brawl by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The 77th UN Assembly General (September 20-26, in New York) was the venue for quite peculiar an interaction between Turkish President Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis. Already, the bets are on over what kind of climate will prevail until the two are present at the launch/full-dress rehearsal of the – little commented, so far – European Political Community, proposed by Emmanuel [...]

September 26th, 2022|Online news / Blog|

TIF 2022: a manifold venture plans ahead

TIF 2022: a manifold venture plans ahead by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The Thessaloniki International Fair (the 86th of a long series since it started in 1926 – with breaks in wartime – and hopes to celebrate its centennial with an opening of its planned new locale) is the traditional venue for the country’s political system to engage in ritual infighting over economic policies for the year ahead. The 2022 TIF was true to form in that respect. One could track [...]

September 19th, 2022|Online news / Blog|

The underwhelming performance of the EU in facing the energy crisis

The underwhelming performance of the EU in facing the energy crisis by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The underwhelming performance of the EU in this most crucial juncture of the energy crisis – that is when the energy prices take-off turns into a real prospect of supply shortages in the near future – spearheaded as it is by the baffling mixture of sluggishness and busybodyism on part of the Brussels Commission, is fast becoming a matter of major concern. For all. Last [...]

September 12th, 2022|Online news / Blog|

Might “Whatever it takes” turn sometime now into “What if?”

Might “Whatever it takes” turn sometime now into “What if?” by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greek 10-year bonds greeted the month of September with yields higher than 4.2%; crossing the fateful threshold of 4% came just four days earlier, while August had started at less than 3%. May, June and July played out at 3,4%-3.9%. The yields for longer-duration bonds, especially so the 15-years ones where the Public Debt Management Agency is said to try and access now the financial markets [...]

September 5th, 2022|Online news / Blog|

A model of how NOT to do media crisis management: a course to be taught at college

A model of how NOT to do media crisis management: a course to be taught at college by Antonis D. Papagiannidis As a model of how NOT to do crisis management in fraught situations where international media are involved – such is the way in which the Greek Government has been dealing with the latest crisis of Greek secret service wiretappings of political figures and journalists (along with the suspected use of illegal spyware, of the Predator sort, that has [...]

August 29th, 2022|Online news / Blog|

Greece in the sights of international media

Greece in the sights of international media by Antonis D. Papagiannidis With Greeks being close to one for every 700 inhabitants of our planet (and one in 40 Europeans, post-Brexit), with Greece’s GDP representing some 0.4% of global GDP (and close to 1% of EU GDP), Greece has been usually over-represented in the interest of international media. This is for a number of reasons, most of them of a historical nature. The experience of being under such scrutiny has not [...]

August 22nd, 2022|Online news / Blog|

Does TPI rhyme with OMT (of Mario Draghi memory)?

Does TPI rhyme with OMT (of Mario Draghi memory)? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The “whatever it takes” speech of then relatively fresh at the helm of the ECB Mario Draghi (end-July 2012) gave birth to the Outright Monetary Transactions Programme/OMT. The two, mainly exercising pressure on jittery markets – the OMT “big bazooka” was actually never used – were enough to keep the euro area intact; true enough, OMT had to prove its mettle before the Bundeserfassungsgericht and the European [...]

July 25th, 2022|Online news / Blog|
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