Dimitris Rapidis

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The immigration process is divided into three plus (+) one steps: Reception, accommodation / legalization, and the right to return. There is additionally a fourth step that includes integration –i.e. social, labor, political integration – but we are far behind this condition, especially in Greece. In an ideal context, the state receives newcomers and the… » 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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Since 2008 the Greek state has experienced one of the deepest and persistent financial and economic crisis in its short history. A crisis that has dismantled its social nets, increased unemployment to unprecedented levels, broken out extreme right parties, lowered trust to the entire political and banking system. In contrary to other countries in the… » read more

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Since the debate over Scotland stirred up and the insinuations with similar cases started to formulate (e.g. Catalunia, Corse, or even Transnistria) I could hardly see any positive relation with the Scotland being completely independent as a sovereign state – and therefore as candidate member-state for the EU, the possible turbulence of British and Scottish… » read more

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Sweden’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Carl Bildt, as well as other diplomats, have expressed their concern over the decision of the new President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker to abolish the position of EU Commissioner for Enlargement. In this respect, what are the possible motives for Junker to take such a decision and what… » 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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Discussions behind the doors have been set on fire regarding the position of the next President of the EU Commission. This process was believed to belong to the past, being the norm for decades in the Council of the European Union. In other words, until this latest campaign, which was the first electoral race for… » read more

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After the local and municipal elections in Greece, that coincided with European Parliament Elections on May 2014, a new political landscape has been formed. For the country that has been struggling the most among EU28, the re-balancing of political powers and their effect in the midst of economic recession can only provide positive signs for… » read more

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Ms Eva Kaili is President of the Research Centre for Equality and Equal Chances of the Greek Ministry of Interior, former Deputy of the Greek Parliament (2007-12) with PASOK, PhD candidate in International Political Economy in Piraeus University, journalist, architect, communication and IR consultant. Ms Kaili is vigorously involved in social action, most notably for… » read more

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Marine Le Pen is the leader of Front National (FN) in France, daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the undisputed founder and head of the party from 1972 until his resignation in 2011. A lot has been written and said for the poweful and dunamyc leadership of Marine Le Pen, and certainly not out of the… » read more

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