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The Evros border in the limelight – an overview

The Evros border in the limelight – an overview by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Some ten weeks ago, the Evros/Pazarkule Greek-Turkish border had become a site of humanitarian concern, of political contention and of potential conflagration. A reminder: the Turkish practice of allowing refugees/migrants/asylum seekers to (try and) cross over to Greece en masse was resisted at the Greek side, with the EU joining in to keep what became known as “the European border” shut. Makeshift camps were formed at Pazarkule. [...]

May 25th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of unemployment, of flexibility and of the nature of labour, post-Covid

Of unemployment, of flexibility and of the nature of labour, post-Covid by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greece has been quite successful in dealing with the health aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Public opinion has appreciated the Government’s performance in keeping the spread of the virus at bay; international media have shown their appreciation. Now that opening-up the economy is the main concern, public opinion seems to keep its trust to public policy – that is, to the forward planning of support [...]

May 18th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Corona pandemic, energy prices and power-play in Eastern Mediterranean

Corona pandemic, energy prices and power-play in Eastern Mediterranean by Antonis D. Papagiannidis In an effort to rebuff criticism over a bill brought to (and voted in) Parliament that will allow for (i.a.) hydrocarbon explorations to be undertaken in protected Natura regions of Greece, Energy-and-Environment Minister Kostis Hadjidakis shrugged away objections pointing out that curent energy prices make the whole discussion a matter of theoretical interest. He was right. Which once more brings to the limelight the recurring consequence of [...]

May 11th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

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|
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