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“La honte de l’ Europe”/The shame of Europe

“La honte de l’ Europe”/The shame of Europe By Antonis D. Papagiannidis The disaster-waiting-to-happen in the Moria Refugee/Migrant Camp in Lesvos island – “Lesbos, la honte de l’ Europe” according to Jean Ziegler’s book published in 2016 by Editions du Seuil, still looking for a Greek-language publisher – a camp planned as a short term hot-spot/reception centre for up to 3500 people that ended “hosting” more than 20.000 (when disaster struck, “down” to 13.000), has become for the last 5 [...]

September 14th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Troubling milestones

Troubling milestones By Antonis D. Papagiannidis Less than three weeks to go until the September 24/25 EU Summit that is to deal with the overall EU-Turkey relationship; that is further to the latest Foreign Affairs Council that discussed Turkish behaviour towards Greece (and Cyprus) and the measures/sanctions put forward were Turkey to stick to its destabilising activity in the East Mediterranean. The Greek Government as well as a large part of Greek media, have construed the Council’s discussion of an [...]

September 7th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Waiting for Godot (a.k.a second quarter GDP)

Waiting for Godot (a.k.a second quarter GDP) By Antonis D. Papagiannidis Greece’s embattled Statistical Office that had to get back its own (and the country’s) credibility and reputation following the “Greek Statistics” trauma  of the ten years ago is notoriously hesitant in publishing its data – even in provisional form. In this case, September is here, Eurostat has provided us since mid-August with GDP flash estimates for Euro area and EU GDP – down, respectively, by 15% and by 14,4% [...]

August 31st, 2020|Online news / Blog|

From Bregançon to the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean

From Bregançon to the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean By Antonis D. Papagiannidis There is quite a long way from picturesque Fort de Bregançon, perched on a small island off Bormes-les-Mimosas near Marseilles, official residence of the French Presidents since General de Gaulle (in his waning years), to Athens or Ankara. Yet, it was in a meeting at Bregançon last week of Emmanuel Macron with Chancellor Angela Merkel that the scenario was elaborated that will now evolve in front of our eyes [...]

August 24th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

All fronts open

All fronts open By Antonis D. Papagiannidis Starting today, just past mid-August, the European Commission fresh-from-the-oven Recovery and Resilience Task Force that will allow for the preparation and implementation of the Next Generation EU programmes is supposed to be on foot and ready to go. Coming on the step of the EU Summit, July17th/21st  decision over the 750 bn eu NGEU, this new instrument is ensconced in the Commission Secretariat-General and will be  working under the authority of Commission President [...]

August 17th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Rough waters, once more

Rough waters, once more by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Two months after Greece and Italy had signed an agreement for the establishment-and- delimitation of their respective EEZs (superposed on the pre-existant one over their continental shelves, dating back to 1977/78), Athens succeeded in signing an agreement with Cairo for a – partial – maritime zones delimitation south-westwards. Starting from the eastern tip of Crete at the 26th meridian (carefully avoiding by a large margin to encroach Libyan claims) and all the way [...]

August 8th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

No news in August? Try again!

No news in August? Try again! by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Summer months are supposed to last longer, to allow for an ebb in public life tensions. After all, Americans and the British are known to speak of the silly season, while the quote of Umberto Eco goes:” there is no news in August”. August 2020 may well give the lie to such received wisdom – at least in so far tense relations between Greece and Turkey are concerned and allies [...]

August 3rd, 2020|Online news / Blog|

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|Online news / Blog|
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