Dimitris Rapidis

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Five days before the official visit of Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to Moscow and the long-awaited meeting with President Putin, European and international media start (again) criticizing the rapprochement between the two countries. The Guardian and Natalie Nougayrede published today a fiercely ironic OpEd, under the alarming title “Tsipras risks to become Putin’s useful idiot”.… » read more

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  Two leading political figures of the Syriza government have gathered the attention of domestic and global media for visiting Moscow and Beijing respectively. Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and Vice President of the government Yiannis Dragasakis are endeavoring to broaden and deepen bilateral relations with Russia and China in a truly unsteady European geopolitical and economic… » read more

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Taking a really short break from the developments in Greece and Eurozone, I hereby present my paper published by the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) in the aftermath of the successful organization of the 7th International Black Sea Symposium on “Perspectives on Tourism in the Black Sea Area” that was held on 16-18… » read more

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And here it is now that we are starting pondering on different alternatives on how to manage the debt of Greece and Eurozone. In an interview with The Financial Times, the Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis introduced the term “perpetual bond” to explain his plan to ease Greece’s immense debt burden. As the confrontation… » read more

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On Monday January 26 the European Council released the Statement of the Heads of States or Governments pointing out the growing concern on political and military developments in Ukraine. In the Statement the Council also underlined that the EU should consider taking and implementing new sanctions against Russia if it considers it appropriate. While such… » read more

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It is only about commerce or energy, Ukraine or Georgia, or even the perception of Putin’s authoritative leadership by the Westerners that are lately put under scrutiny. To the contrary, it is something more than that that has kept Western Europe-Russia ties so close all along the previous centuries. And these are the historical and… » read more

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#Greece: A Dissolving Country

Four years of harsh economic austerity are certainly not a fundamental factor for a country to dissolve. Austerity can be a major factor for social unrest, political instability, extreme poverty and unemployment, growing grievances – but certainly not the departing point for a complete collapse. At least the collapse we have in mind when we… » read more

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The Islamic Caliphate (i.e. and not “State” as many refer to it, as it is neither sovereign nor recognized) has been regarded as one of the biggest threats for the Western world and for the always-fragile stability in Middle East. With incomparable organization, power, execution pace, and strong influence, and with funding from unknown sources,… » read more

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The President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), Mr Rovnag Ibrahim Abdullayev, discussed with Dimitris Rapidis, Director and Project Coordinator at Bridging Europe, on a string of issues ranging from energy supply and production, regional cooperation, ongoing and forthcoming projects and partnerships, to the risks of climate change, corporate social responsibility, and… » read more

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