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Covid-19: health-policy issues and economic consequences

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 the help of Elias Papaioannou of the London Business School, who corralled the contribution of two of his colleagues at the LBS to address the [...]

May 7th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Meanwhile, neighbouring Turkey…

Meanwhile, neighbouring Turkey… by Antonis D. Papagiannidis May has come for Greece with the rightfully expected normal nice weather, along with back-to-normal (well, some sort of normal…) opening-up of economic and social life, gradually easing lock-down measures and so forth. The tourist season would normally start just right now – but the restrictive measures still in place make it an impossibility for this to happen. The fact that Northern European countries, Germany first and foremost, issue travel advisories so as [...]

May 4th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

To build consensus in Greece may be a miracle; to keep it standing is quite another business

To build consensus in Greece may be a miracle; to keep it standing is quite another business by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greeks have been quite proud to see their country named in international media among those constituting “corona best practice” at a global level – alongside Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Singapore and Israel (the last two are not necessarily the nicest company: their stringent policing measures do not exactly fit European fundamental rights standards). Policies implemented in [...]

April 27th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Self-gratification can lead to a slippery slope

Self-gratification can lead to a slippery slope by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greece has adopted a demanding policy, Greeks have followed a difficult path in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Early lock-down has not been just legislated, but also largely adhered to by a Mediterranean, less-than-displined population: was it an internalized feeling of threat? Was it acceptance of science-based public policy? The end result was successful containment of the virus as well as dodging of the worst risks an overloaded [...]

April 21st, 2020|Online news / Blog|

When Greece reverts discreetly to normal

When Greece reverts discreetly to normal by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The Covid-19 pandemic has already contributed an interesting collateral gain to regional stability; maybe it even signaled a useful “back to normal” for Greece insofar international/European norms covering the refugee/migration issue is concerned. The spread of the virus menace in Turkey seems to have defused the bomb that had been planted in the border area of Evros, when – in February and early March – helpless people in their hundreds [...]

April 13th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Covid-19 and the (Greek) media

Covid-19 and the (Greek) media by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The Covid-19 pandemic is already bringing to the surface a number of platitudes – such as “the world will never be the same again”, “the Covid-19 pandemic is socialist in essence”, “the very nature of work will change in ways yet difficult to foresee”, “societies are already accepting willingly invasions of privacy and/or disregard of fundamental rights considered unthinkable”. One more such platitude has to do with the role of the [...]

April 6th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

In the pulse of the pandemic

In the pulse of the pandemic “Oikonomiki Epitheorissi” (Financial Review), the independent magazine that will complete 86 years in July, has recorded over the years events that have cost many lives and caused financial disasters. The unexpected and deadly crisis with the coronavirus pandemic that our entire planet is experiencing nowadays is yet another milestone in History. Whenever something like this happens, despair overwhelms the world. Then, always, the world moves forward. The responsibility of dealing with the situation is [...]

March 31st, 2020|Online news / Blog|

A new conditionality for the corona area?

A new conditionality for the corona area? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Italy and Spain may well be the EU countries most heavily struck by the corona-virus pandemic, with death tolls there taking a nasty turn, with their healthcare systems buckling under the strain; France may be suffering the national ignominy of having to ask for neighbouring countries (most unpleasantly: for Germany) to accept French nationals at their own ICUs – but Greece risks being singled out in the ongoing EU/European [...]

March 30th, 2020|Online news / Blog|
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