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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|Online news / Blog|

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|Online news / Blog|

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|Online news / Blog|

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|Online news / Blog|

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|Online news / Blog|

Faster tempo

Faster tempo by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The tempo of change is getting faster and faster - in more than one fields. This makes it increasingly difficult for public opinion to adapt; but also for the political system - the supposed driving force - to keep up with expectations. In the circle of Greek public life, the changes in style, but also in essence in the major field of Greek-Turkish relations get fiendishly difficult to follow. After months of increasing Turkish [...]

June 22nd, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of Europe, the US, Turkey. Irini and eye-openers

Of Europe, the US, Turkey. Irini and eye-openers by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The bit of information – it started as a leak, it soon morphed into news – that the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would join in the (videoconference) deliberations of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday is the very first step of some importance proving that the EU is starting to deal with the “extremely important” matter of Turkey’s behavior in the Eastern (and Central/Libya) Mediterranean. [...]

June 15th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Christoforos Pissaridis at the Delphi Economic Forum – upd

Christoforos Pissaridis at the Delphi Economic Forum - upd by Antonis D. Papagiannidis In this year’s DEF, economia has had the pleasure to present to the diverse audience of the Forum – conducting in a digital environment, due to the Covid pandemic – LSE Professor and 2010 Nobel laureate Christoforos Pissaridis, who accepted to broach a wide range of issues. Economia Publishing managing editor Antonis Papagiannidis was to discuss with Chr. Pissaridis but technical glitches made this impossible. DEF’s Yannis [...]

June 11th, 2020|Online news / Blog|
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