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The Russian Connection

The Russian Connection by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov comes visiting Athens, in a move expected to thaw relations between Greece and Russia. Such relations have been quite chilly – or at least placed at the back burner –  ever since, in July 2018 then-Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias sent packing Russian diplomatic personnel from the Athens Embassy due to involvement in a low-intensity intelligence operation having to do with Church matters and the Macedonia issue. Lavrov’s [...]

October 26th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Words, words, words

Words, words, words by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The EU-27 Summit of last week, largely devoted to the avoidance of a no-deal Brexit, was persuaded by Greece (and Cyprus) to take note of the increased disruption caused by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. Where, notwithstanding the calls of the earlier, October 1/2 Summit for Turkey to join in “confidence-building steps with Greece” and “abstain from unilateral actions which run counter to the EU interests and violate sovereign rights of EU Member [...]

October 19th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Looking for resilience in the Agribusiness sector

Looking for resilience in the Agribusiness sector by Antonis D. Papagiannidis To hold Roundtables, Conferences and the suchlike under Covid-19 restrictions and limitations is no easy thing; to integrate to the scope of such events the very challenges, the pandemic has posed is even more complicated. So, the Agribusiness Forum held this year by Georoutes Institute for the 3rd time instead of Serres in Northern Greece in hybrid configuration – meaning in part by physical presence in Athens, in part [...]

October 12th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Mike Pompeo, on the steps of George Bush Sr.

Mike Pompeo, on the steps of George Bush Sr. by Antonis D. Papagiannidis On June 1991, George Bush Sr., along with his wife Barbara, experienced the Cretan hospitality of then-Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis and his wife Marika (the culinary part of which is saved in her book “Recipes of Love”; lunch consisted of lobster, dough-and-cheese patties – τηγανόψωμο – and stuffed zucchini). President Bush had paid a visit to the Souda Bay naval base of which he extolled the strategic [...]

September 28th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Who will be believed in case a blame game starts?

Who will be believed in case a blame game starts? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis It was just after Friday prayers – a moment with pious connotations even for an astute political operator – that Turkey’s President Erdogan explained/admitted that the Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel (parading for weeks in the Eastern Mediterranean over Greek continental shelf, with  assorted Turkish warships in its trail and an opposing Greek formation often in close contact – there was even a minor collision of [...]

September 21st, 2020|Online news / Blog|

“La honte de l’ Europe”/The shame of Europe

“La honte de l’ Europe”/The shame of Europe By Antonis D. Papagiannidis The disaster-waiting-to-happen in the Moria Refugee/Migrant Camp in Lesvos island – “Lesbos, la honte de l’ Europe” according to Jean Ziegler’s book published in 2016 by Editions du Seuil, still looking for a Greek-language publisher – a camp planned as a short term hot-spot/reception centre for up to 3500 people that ended “hosting” more than 20.000 (when disaster struck, “down” to 13.000), has become for the last 5 [...]

September 14th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Troubling milestones

Troubling milestones By Antonis D. Papagiannidis Less than three weeks to go until the September 24/25 EU Summit that is to deal with the overall EU-Turkey relationship; that is further to the latest Foreign Affairs Council that discussed Turkish behaviour towards Greece (and Cyprus) and the measures/sanctions put forward were Turkey to stick to its destabilising activity in the East Mediterranean. The Greek Government as well as a large part of Greek media, have construed the Council’s discussion of an [...]

September 7th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Waiting for Godot (a.k.a second quarter GDP)

Waiting for Godot (a.k.a second quarter GDP) By Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greece’s embattled Statistical Office that had to get back its own (and the country’s) credibility and reputation following the “Greek Statistics” trauma  of the ten years ago is notoriously hesitant in publishing its data – even in provisional form. In this case, September is here, Eurostat has provided us since mid-August with GDP flash estimates for Euro area and EU GDP – down, respectively, by 15% and by 14,4% [...]

August 31st, 2020|Online news / Blog|
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