Dimitris Rapidis

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Nikos Belavilas is architect-urban planner, Associate Professor at School of Architecture NTUA (Athens, Greece). During the last months, he is the coordinator of the Social Council for Refugees “Kalos Tous” (Welcome, in Greek). 1. What are the founding principles behind the creation of the Social Council for Refugees “Kalos Tous”? The Social Council for Refugees… » read more

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The alarming increase in child poverty leaves untouched decision-makers in Brussels. It unveils the most appalling facet of the economic crisis, it constitutes a fundamental factor that undermines growth prospects, strongly affects performance at schools, causes problems in the family and psychology issues and breaks down the basic structures and safety nets of the society.… » read more

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Since the spark of the financial crisis, Greece has been weak in building a sound business environment. In this fragile context, disastrous austerity came to give a final blow. The last three years of EU funds 2007-13 period were not as efficient as the domestic governments or the European Commission could expect, but this was… » read more

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#ParisAttacks: The day after

Terrorist attacks in Paris late Saturday November 13 caused an unprecedented shock. Flowers, candles, profile photos, poems and kind words are nice and play a role in communicating the mobilization of the European and world communities and the determination to not be terrorized. But let’s be honest. This does not suffice. It takes coordinated action… » read more

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EU lacks geopolitical strategy

The economic crisis remains a top priority for Eurozone with the current consolidation model generating much more problems than solutions. Greece has been forced to adopt a third bailout deal, but the ruling Syriza party resists towards protecting the most affected ones, while unfolding the deadlock that austerity politics have caused to an increasing number… » read more

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Since the spark of the US mortgage crisis in 2008 and the major repercussions that left behind in global scale, Eurozone has entered into a vicious circle of austerity and downfall. The economic stagnation and the myopic insistence on distorting the foundations of a welfare state in the European South (i.e. much more affected by… » read more

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  The most tricky information you can easily receive these days comes from opinion polls. With reference to the outcome of the referendum in Greece, most polls have presented hilariously divergent results. For someone that is used and experienced in interpreting pollsters, two things are certain: one, pollsters usually shape opinion rather than presenting a… » read more

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Yesterday, June 30, we had another stage of parody in the negotiations between Greece and Eurozone. President Junker re-issued the same set of proposals, calling for PM Tsipras to react on that. The Greek side got back with a new, huge bailout plan, on the grounds that a specific growth plan will be discussed and… » read more

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The Greek government is offering five months now concrete proposals and options on how to tackle the deep-rooted financial and structural problems of the Greek economy. These proposals regard the overcoming of fiscal deadlock, the negotiations over a debt relief agreement, and certainly the preparation of a growth plan that could address the devastating macroeconomic… » read more

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    If you follow the news on Greece and Eurozone you certainly get puzzled by the amount of information stemming from different sources. Reports from Brussels, Athens, Washington and Berlin give you a sense of what is happening hour-per-hour in the country as if the entire world should and has to focus on Greece… » read more

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