Dimitris Rapidis

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The European Union enlargement process of 2004 and 2007 was considered by many as a big achievement of the Union. And that because behind the idea of enlargement was lying the argument that the more the countries inside the EU, the more global the achievement would be and the greater the role of Europe as… » read more

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Coming to the midterm evaluation of the European Commission 2010-2014, there are things that have been done, but mainly there are many that have not been done and require special attention by the Committee. Taking into consideration the deep financial recession and the subsequent debt crisis in Eurozone, I personally believe that the Commission should… » read more

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A couple of days ago I was in Geneva for a personal affair. In the well-known rue du Rhône with the Swiss banking institutions, the malls and the famous brands you can easily observe the melting pot of the city. A small city, but an international city. The fusion of the people is worth-mentioning as… » read more

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With reference to the article published at Spiegel summarizing the interview of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti held by the broadcast, one fundmanental estimation is seeing the light according to my point of view: that both European leaders have a quite weird perception of what democracy and federalism should be meaning.

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Is Cameronism defined?

In this week’s Economist edition Bagehot questioned the real meaning of Cameronism. Indeed, the article was referring to what finally this term means, and the UK’s PM trembling steps towards shaping his chairmanship message and put into track realistic politics. In other words, Cameronism seems more invested with idealism rather than action.

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Italy is the European state having 10 of its cities declaring incapability of payment serving. Span’s 10-year bonds are regularly getting underrated in the market decreasing the credibility of the country’s public finance status. Greece is ready for negotiations with the troika hoping to receive a new deal in order to pay pensions and public… » read more

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There is an obvious lack of trust in the European plan, the one that was built under difficult and sometimes unravelling circumstances in the aftermath of World War II. It seems that suddenly some scholars and European citizens realized that European Integration cannot get accomplished and that the European establishment is not as strong and… » read more

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