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Eastern Mediterranean: when Turkish adventurism meets with global consolidation in energy

Eastern Mediterranean: when Turkish adventurism meets with global consolidation in energy by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Turkish geopolitical adventurism in the Eastern Mediterranean, lately perceived as aggressiveness by Greece (and Cyprus) and as an increasingly disturbing factor for major players in the energy game, does not move in otherwise calm waters. The storm caused by the Covid-19 pandemic – and the resulting deep fall in energy demand – is causing ripple effects of a different nature in the region. The most [...]

July 27th, 2020|Economia Blog / Articles|

Double jeopardy, twice

Double jeopardy, twice by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The “Generation Next” EU Summit, spread all over the last weekend and still underway on Monday, was quite a trial for Greece. Along with the Southeners of Europe - Italy, Spain, Portugal but also France - who laboured under the strain of the Covid-19 epidemic and its heavy impact on their already-fragile economies, heavily dependent on tourism. Greece had to live through the suspense of the negotiations over the extent and (most importantly) [...]

July 20th, 2020|Economia Blog / Articles|

Once COVID-19 is beaten, let’s mobilize our efforts

By Christos Cabolis, Chief Economist at the IMD World Competitiveness Center and Salvatore Cantale, Professor of Finance at the Institute for Management and Development (IMD) In comparing coronavirus to war times, hold onto the idea of the collaboration and progress to come The most devastating war in terms of casualties was WWII, with some official estimates reporting 85 million dead. (COVID-19 has so far killed almost 180,000 people worldwide with 2.6 million cases.) Yet, out of one of the darkest moments [...]

July 20th, 2020|Economia Blog / Articles|

Is the endgame of Greek-Turkish relations underway?

Is the endgame of Greek-Turkish relations underway? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis A long-awaited decision of Turkey’s Supreme administrative Court annulled the (1934) Mustapha Kemal edict making a museum of the Hagia Sophia 6th century Byzantine cathedral, that had been converted to a mosque following the (1453) Ottoman conquest of Constantinople: a deeply symbolic move of diving into the multi-layered past so as to cut the continuity of a secular Turkey. Promptly on the step of the Court decision, an edict [...]

July 13th, 2020|Economia Blog / Articles|

Tourism in Greece: current challenges

26th economia Student Contest: Tourism-Destination Greece 1st Prize |  Individual Essay Tourism in Greece: current challenges Ioannis Melandinos   1.     Introduction Greece welcomed more than 33 million tourists in 2018, triple its population. Tourism represented 11,7% of Greece’s GDP in 2018 while it accounted for more than 16,7% of the total employment. Greece tourism proved a robust and resilient sector during the crisis and managed to constantly improve year over year. Greece has experienced exponential growth in recent years, a [...]

July 7th, 2020|Economia Blog / Articles|

An overall reset of EU-Turkish relations with Greece in the immediate background?

An overall reset of EU-Turkish relations with Greece in the immediate background? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis A little while ago, a matter of weeks – things go fast in this part of the world… – Dora Bakogianni, an old hand in the tumultuous foreign-affairs side of Greek politics, quipped that the only way for Greek-Turkish relations not to get into an impasse (that might lead to a regional conflagration) would be for a reset of EU-Turkish relations, overall. That position [...]

July 6th, 2020|Economia Blog / Articles|

The Mitsotakis/Erdogan phone call and beyond

The Mitsotakis/Erdogan phone call and beyond by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Some months ago, when Greece – with the (largely symbolic) help of its European partners – was successful in holding back a wave of refugees and migrants trying to cross its borders from Turkey so as to access “Europe”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fumed that he wouldn’t accept “even to be in the same room with [Greek Prime Minister] Kyriakos Mitsotakis”. Last week, following increased further tensions between the [...]

June 29th, 2020|Economia Blog / Articles|

TACKLING OVERCROWDING THROUGH GAMIFICATION

26th economia Student Contest: Tourism-Destination Greece 1st Prize | Group Essay Georgia Chartofylaka, Νatasha Νana Yaa Amponsa, Madelaine Jamieson & Giulia Caruso, University of Ljubljana   Introduction Many European urban areas continue to face the effects of overtourism. In response to overtourism, the importance of visitor management has also grown. Visitor management techniques often involve modifying visitors’ behaviour (Mason, 2005). Coercive techniques such as taxes, fees, and bans are a common policy tool used to manage and control tourists (Koens [...]

June 26th, 2020|Economia Blog / Articles|
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