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The governing party of New Democracy -one of the two parties of the coalition government in Greece along with PASOK- has meticulously developed a communication strategy since mid-summer that was aiming to equalize the dangers of the extreme right party Golden Dawn with the front opposition leftist party SYRIZA in the quest of maximizing its… » read more

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Recent data from Greece’s central government has showed a primary surplus for the first seven months of this year. This is the first time this development appears in debt-ridden Greece since 2010 and the first rescue package of the Greek economy. The government lies on that argument for the negotiations with troika in order to… » read more

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She made it, and she can be definitely characterized as one of the most powerful women in modern politics. Chancellor Merkel achieved to bring yesterday an impressive win for her party, CDU, which is the best result since 1990s and the chancellorship of Helmut Kohl, counting for 41.5% of the electorate. Is this election triumph… » read more

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Iran’s newly-elected President Hassan Rohani is reportedly turned to be concessional in order to reach an agreement over the nuclear program of his country. After a long-running standoff with the West, Rohani seems to abandon the absolutism of his predecessor ex-President Ahmadinejad and try to get closer to the US demands for opacity over Iran’s… » read more

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These couple of days the Vice President of the Russian Federation Mrs. Valentina Matvienko is paying official visit to capital Athens. Her visit coincides with sort of thawing of bilateral relations after a short period of turbulences and insecurity in terms of the economic impact and with respect to Gazprom’s firm intention to buy the… » read more

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In his international bestseller “The Post-American World and the Rise of the Rest”, the host of CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show “GPS” Mr. Fareed Zakaria had pointed out a preliminary study over the world after the fall of American imperialism. The author had made clear that even if other world powers, like Russia or China,… » read more

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President’s Barroso annual speech over the current situation of the European Union, the so-called State of the Union, offered nothing new in the debate over the future of the Union. No fresh ideas, no concerns over austerity politics, no realism in the analysis, but above all no self-criticism over the management of overdebtedness and economic… » read more

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Criminalizing the Homeless

Hungary has decided to ban homeless people that are discarded and dispatched in the streets of the country. Homeless people that have ended up in this condition for various reasons, amongst which we find the side effect of the economic crisis and the rising unemployment and poverty rates, are now persecuted. These people are completely… » read more

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It is a common belief in sciences, politics and economics, and definitely in decision-making, that when you do not know where you head on, the most possible outcome is that you will take the worse decision. This is the way austerity politics are paving, and especially, this is the way the European Union has chosen… » read more

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The unusual German Elections

The electoral debate in Germany is overly developed around the Greek issue and the fate of Greece inside or outside Eurozone, the consolidation program, the possible haircut or the additional aid program and a new Memorandum of Agreement with the troika. I am really surprised by the fact that German candidates are so into the… » read more

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