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When Greece is sizing itself up in an international/European setting

When Greece is sizing itself up in an international/European setting by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Last year Greece has faced challenges that were above the normal capacity of a medium-size regional player, anchored to the larger club of the EU but operating under threats both at a defense and an economic stability level. As a country celebrating its Bicentenary in 2021, it had the opportunity to sift through its experiences in engaging allies and adversaries alike in its national quest – [...]

January 3rd, 2022|Online news / Blog|

Greece: New online public services to curb bureaucracy

A series of new online government services will come into force in 2022 aiming to make life easier for citizens. The new digital services are expected to be accessible to the public in the first half of the year. These platforms will provide: - Digital signatures In January, a total of 376,500 signatures will be available to specific professional groups, such as business managers, accountants, lawyers, notaries. - Identity cards and driver's licenses on mobile phones Following the introduction of [...]

January 2nd, 2022|Online news / Blog|

When Greece widens its regional foreign-policy scope

When Greece widens its regional foreign-policy scope by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greece has always prided itself of having a multi-faceted foreign policy, with regional bilateral and multilateral relations playing a central role alongside its relations with major actors such as the U.S. the EU or Russia. A recent visit of Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Bulgaria and his meeting with Bulgarian newly-elected Kiril Petkov gave some proof of this. Further to in-depth talks about accelerating vaccinations (Bulgaria still lags), energy [...]

December 27th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Experience Park : The new urban park of Attiki

The Experience Park of Elliniko is the first project of the ex- airport renovation project delivered to the citizens. It opened its gates to the public on Monday, December 20, 2021. It is a park of over 70,000 square meters that is part of the Metropolitan Park of Elliniko, of a total area of ​​2,000 acres.   It contains the fountain with hundreds of water jets that create unique choreography, outdoor sports areas, playground, a Zen garden and a garden [...]

December 22nd, 2021|Online news / Blog|

European and Greek responses to the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic

European and Greek responses to the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The Covid-19 pandemic is taking a turn for the worse, with the ominous help of the Omicron variant – all around the world, clearly so in Europe. In the UK some sort of lock-down is discussed; in the Netherlands a two-week lock-down has been imposed, right in the middle in the Christmas/New Year’s season; France and Denmark are limiting festivities and night-life; in Germany, [...]

December 20th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Οf dubious European gifts borne to Greeks

Οf dubious European gifts borne to Greeks by Antonis D. Papagiannidis A peculiar reversal of the “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes” dictum, that is of “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”. Nowdays, it might be Greeks who should beware when Europe/European leaders came forward with positive pronouncements about their country’s current achievements and perspectives. Fresh-from-the-oven German Finance Minister Christian Lindner unexpectedly called for Germany to emulate Greek “impressive” structural reforms undertaken even under Covid-19 conditions; his own country should “aspire to [...]

December 13th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

American billionaire returns stolen antiquities to Greece

Michael Steinhardt, a billionaire New York financier and antiquities collector, has turned over surrendered 180 looted objects valued at $70 million and received a lifetime ban on future acquisitions, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Steinhardt agreed to the forfeiture after a four-year investigation determined that the seized objects had been plundered and illegally smuggled out of 11 countries: Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, and Turkey. A pioneer of the modern hedge fund, [...]

December 11th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

A challenging meeting on two centuries of Greek economic history – and much more

A challenging meeting on two centuries of Greek economic history – and much more by Antonis D. Papagiannidis A challenging three-day meeting was organized – at the seat of the first Greek Parliament («Βουλευτικόν») in Greece’s original capital city, picturesque but also heavy with memories Nauplion – by the Historical Archives of, jointly, Alpha Bank and the Bank of Greece. The meeting was termed scientific, to cover “200 years of Greek economy, wavering between state and market”, as one of [...]

December 6th, 2021|Online news / Blog|
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