Dimitris Rapidis

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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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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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  Yesterday the Greek delegation presented in the Eurogroup the list of reforms for the next month. These reforms have to pass through the Parliament so that the next tranche of 3 billion euros can be released by the ESM. Greek Minister of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos achieved to convince his counterparts on the reforms of… » read more

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Syriza won for a third time in a row during 2015. The first time was last January, the second in July’s referendum with the resounding “No”, and now on September 20. In Bridging Europe, already since late August, we have predicted the turnout, depicting the margin of Syriza between 5-7%. But what were these elements… » read more

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There was no space for compromise during yesterday’s debate. From the first moment Syriza leader Tsipras ruled out any possible grand coalition between Syriza and New Democracy. On his side ND leader Meimarakis was very offensive against Tsipras in an effort to record a win a for his party after a disastreous performance last January.… » read more

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  Many were expecting that this debate last night would be extremely boring. They were right as all political leaders had nothing fresh to offer in the discussion. Nonetheless, even in this stiff depiction of Greek political life, we can come to some useful conclusions.   After a first reading, each one of the political… » read more

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For the time being, snap elections is the worst case scenario for most members of the Greek government, the opposition, the business world. The biggest part of the electorate is hugely disappointed with the performance of the Greek government so far (i.e. see nationwide poll of Bridging Europe), especially after the government capitulated to the… » read more

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The draft of the ESM bailout saw the light earlier today after the conclusion of the final, technical talks between the Greek delegation and the creditors. From the 35 actions that are needed to pass through the Parliament the coming days, 20 of them are unclear on their essence and argumentation. Why is that? From… » read more

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