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Greece: In the avant -garde of green transportation megatrends

by Symela Touchtidou Transport consumes one third of all final energy in the EU. The bulk of this energy comes from oil. This means that transport is responsible for a large share of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and a major contributor to climate change. While most other economic sectors, such as power production and industry, have reduced their emissions since 1990, those from transport have risen notes the European Environmetal The automated bus (without driver) pilot program run [...]

December 16th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of old dogs and much-needed new tricks

Of old dogs and much-needed new tricks by Antonis D. Papagiannidis It is said – righty enough – that you don’t teach old dogs new tricks. But in the current turn of things the adoption of “new tricks”, of new ways to face threats and their dire consequences is imperative. First, a confession: in a country like Greece where the political class has often had its share of septuagenarian leaders, the current crop of 40-and 50-years old (Mitsotakis has just turned [...]

December 14th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of sanctions and talks

Of sanctions and talks by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Less than a week after Turkey completed its months-long seismic searches for hydrocarbons over large swathes of the Eastern Mediterranean in areas Greece (and Cyprus) consider belonging to their respective continental shelves (and EEZs) and withdrew seismic vessel Oruc Reis, but also less than a week before the EU Summit of December 10-11 deliberates over sanctions to be imposed for such Turkish actions, Ankara decided to up the ante: a new NAVTEX [...]

December 7th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of rivers and streams, of the ESM and the HFSF

 Of rivers and streams, of the ESM and the HFSF by Antonis D. Papagiannidis At the confluence of rivers, or of streams, or even of rivers and streams, one finds turbulence. Such turbulence may look picturesque from some distance; it may bring just trouble or give birth to new set-ups. So it goes with the changes promised through the December 10-11 EU Summit that will host a Euro-Summit segment – that is, if the Eurogroup of November 30 does not [...]

November 30th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Dancing with recession and reboot of the economy

Dancing with recession and reboot of the economy by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Up to the last day before the 2021 Budget was tabled at the Greek Parliament – it is expected to be discussed starting December 11, voted upon December 15 – the officialdom and the political leadership of the Ministry of Finance were grappling with a dilemma: should the Budget be built around a rather temperate estimate of the recession expected for 2020 (which, in a coronavirus context would [...]

November 23rd, 2020|Online news / Blog|

The era of gunships is back – “Europe” opts for suave diplomacy

The era of gunships is back - “Europe” opts for suave diplomacy by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenia-controlled enclave within Azerbaijan and the theatre of armed conflict for the last weeks before a truce of sorts has been imposed at Russian instigation, is hundreds of miles away from the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean. So is Libya, where after several months of proxy confrontation between Russia and Egypt-backed Libyan National Army (controlling the easternmost part of the country) and [...]

November 16th, 2020|Online news / Blog, Χωρίς κατηγορία|

Greek public opinion and the US election: other peoples’ troubles or hopes

Greek public opinion and the US election: other peoples’ troubles or hopes by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Joe Biden is President-elect, Donald Trump sulks away. Still, the last week – day by day – worked as a test case of how far the politics of far-away nations, little understood in their technicalities, can capture the imagination of the public opinion in a politics-obsessed country. Like, in our case, Greece. Having to deal with the mounting fear that the coronavirus pandemic is [...]

November 9th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Earthquake diplomacy revisited – really?

Earthquake diplomacy revisited - really? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis A 6.7 (or was 7) Richter scale magnitude earthquake has stricken the southern Aegean region, causing extensive damage at the Greek island of Samos – but with little loss of life; far more lethal was the shock at Izmir and Kusadasi ancient Ephesos) over at the Turkish shore, with dozens of dead and some 20 high-rise buildings collapsed. Some twenty years ago, in August 1999, Turkey had experienced an earthquake in [...]

November 2nd, 2020|Online news / Blog|
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