Dimitris Rapidis

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The pressure on the new Greek government is immense since the first day in power. A growing pressure that stems from every possibly side: from international media; from EU leaders; from opinion-makers; from the market; domestically in Greece, from different voices proclaiming themselves “democrats” that vie for the future of Greece, its citizens, its prosperity,… » read more

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It has been months since the President of ECB Mario Draghi has announced his intention to implement the so-called “quantitative easing”, adopting a similar decision of the US Fed to calm down pressures over the bonds market. So far his intention / decision has been blocked by Germany and Chancellor Merkel, who is reluctant to… » read more

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The draft report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament over the regulations and powers of the European Central Bank to impose sanctions (EC No 2532/98), issued on September 17, includes a rather ambiguous, to be polite, provision, entitling the ECB to decide whether to publish or not decisions of… » read more

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Bridging Europe has conducted an independent assessment report on the deeds and performance of the Greek Presidency in the Council of the European Union for the first semester of 2014. In the 19-page informative paper, the research team of Bridging Europe, focused on the special project of the organization (Hellenic Presidency in the CEU), has… » read more

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With less than 20 days remaining for the European Parliament Elections, it is vital to outline the proposals of the political groups, as well as the performance of the candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission. The newly established think-tank, Bridging Europe, based in Athens, Greece (to which I have the honor to preside)… » read more

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Harry was born in 1977 in Athens, Greece, and grew up in Corinth. He is a teacher of English Legal Terminology in seminars for lawyers, PhD in EU Law (from Athens University), barrister in the Supreme Court of Athens and convinced federalist. Harry is President of the European Federalist Party in Greece, Programme Manager in… » 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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Hasta cuando?

Despite austerity measures, the Spanish economy continues to shrink. Public debt is increasing, whereas the banking system is more fragile than before. The problematic real estate loans continue to increase, despite the prospective cut and the reposition to the big basket of the “evil bank”. Meanwhile, the political environment does not encourage positive developments.

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In the last week’s Summit in Brussels, Eurozone’s political elite has agreed that the creation of a fiscal union is vital so that the debt-striken, monetary union’s integration can be finally achieved. Nonetheless, there are two conflicting perspectives about how this process can be achieved.

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