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Of wars, bitter disputes and public diplomacy at the court of international opinion

Of wars, bitter disputes and public diplomacy at the court of international opinion by Antonis D. Papagiannidis One year ago, it would seem impossible, or at least extremely improbable, to have war – all-out, real war – breakout in European territory. Even after the (NATO) intervention in Yugoslavia, open war in Europe seemed inconceivable.  Now, we are nearing one full year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Moscow’s “special military operation” having degenerated to fully-fledged war; all the while, [...]

January 23rd, 2023|Online news / Blog|

The armaments race and its subtext in the Greek-Turkish situation

The armaments race and its subtext in the Greek-Turkish situation by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The rude awakening for Greek public opinion from the White House/the Biden Administration decision to push forward a controversial move of arms sales to Turkey totaling 20 bnUS$ and including 40 new F-16s (plus double this number of upgrade kits to turn the existing fleet to -Viper) was accompanied by the reminder that Greece had already received the thumbs-up to buy at least 30 F-35s. The [...]

January 16th, 2023|Online news / Blog|

Of Epiphany festivities, of Greek-Turkish disputes and of a State Department tepid response

Of Epiphany festivities, of Greek-Turkish disputes and of a State Department tepid response by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended the Epiphany festivities – an important day of religious observance for Greek Orthodoxy, associated with blessing the waters (all important for a nation of sea-faring memories) – in the small island of Gavdos, with a population of 208 souls. Sitting squarely 22 miles south of Crete, the southernmost out-post of Europe barring Cyprus, Gavdos and its pristine [...]

January 9th, 2023|Online news / Blog|

“It’s the first day of the rest…”

“It’s the first day of the rest…” by Antonis D. Papagiannidis “It’s the first day of the rest of your life” goes the chorus in Timo Maas’ (from techno to house to breakbeat) celebrated song taken from his “Pictures” album. As Greece engages in an electoral year – going to the ballot box under tense conditions and with truculent party confrontations mounting – political debate gets loud; substance tends to fade away in favour of invective; time stretches out to [...]

January 2nd, 2023|Online news / Blog|

Resilience: a virtue inherent to Greek society?

Resilience: a virtue inherent to Greek society? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis As one more annus horribilis nears its end – think again: 2022 has seen the Russian invasion to Ukraine bring again war, real war, to the European continent; it has brought back “the West vs the Rest” challenge, it has witnessed the return of inflation to the very first line of concerns; it has caused expensive energy to nestle in Europe’s production model further aggravating the cost of transition [...]

December 30th, 2022|Online news / Blog|

Resilience: a virtue inherent to Greek society?

Resilience: a virtue inherent to Greek society? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis As one more annus horribilis nears its end – think again: 2022 has seen the Russian invasion to Ukraine bring again war, real war, to the European continent; it has brought back “the West vs the Rest” challenge, it has witnessed the return of inflation to the very first line of concerns; it has caused expensive energy to nestle in Europe’s production model further aggravating the cost of transition [...]

December 27th, 2022|Online news / Blog|

Greek unpleasantness in Brussels

Greek unpleasantness in Brussels by Antonis D. Papagiannidis As if it was not enough for high-profile, European Parliament Vice-President Greek MEP Eva Kaili to find herself embroiled in a nasty influence-peddling-cum-bribery scandal involving (equally high-profile) Qatar which brought her to the criminal-law attention of Belgian authorities, there was further suspicion of fraud involving European Parliament funds covering her assistants’ s pay. In the latter case, Kaili found herself in the same context with European Public Prosecutor/EPPO charges addressed to (also [...]

December 19th, 2022|Online news / Blog|

When the ECB warns of unwanted side-effects of the proposed price cap on natural gas

When the ECB warns of unwanted side-effects of the proposed price cap on natural gas by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Just as the Energy Ministers of the EU “27” were packing their bags to meet in Brussels (December 13) and have one more go at defining some sort of coherent energy policy for Europe – two days later, the European Council will meet in Brussels on December 15/16 to hopefully give its collective blessing to any such deal – a depth [...]

December 12th, 2022|Online news / Blog|
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