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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|

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|
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