Dimitris Rapidis

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On Sunday 9 February, the Swiss people were called to vote upon restrictions on free movement of EU citizens in Switzerland seeking job opportunities. The referendum was intitiated by UDC and was passed by majority (50,4%), therefore turning a new page on EU-Switzerland bilateral relations. Is this a positive or a negative development after all?

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Mr. George Katrougalos, PhD, is Professor of Public Law at Democritos University of Thrace, member of the Executive Council of the University, and Constitutional law expert running a robust office in Athens with international appeal. The last years is writing critically on the legal issues of Greek Debt and challenges before domestic and international courts,… » read more

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Ms. Areti Georgili is founder of the concept bookstore Free Thinking Zone, member of the Administrative Committee of Drassi, and founding member of the Hellenic Start-Up Association. We had the opportunity to discuss with her about the European Elections of 2014, Greek and European politics, the liberal ideology, policy-making and civic participation, as well as… » read more

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It is to my great surprise that until now there is nothing to discuss on the forthcoming European Elections on May. Probably it is early to deal with, but the only information we have concerns the possible candidacies for the head of the European Commission. I firmly believe that the debate over the issues of… » read more

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  Austerity politics have always been considered as a strong remedy against macroeconomic instability and a pathway towards consolidating public finances. In a global context, austerity politics have almost always been accompanied with bailout plans and foreign assistance -i.e. loans- that have been provided by other member-states -i.e. member-states of the IMF- or by private… » read more

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  Greek pollster GPO published on daily Kathimerini on 13.10.13 a very interesting opinion poll regarding the position and appeal of Golden Dawn in the Greek society, especially after the latest developments with the sentence of the party’s general secretary and one more MPs. The study is stunning as it is concluded that Golden Dawn… » read more

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Recent data from Greece’s central government has showed a primary surplus for the first seven months of this year. This is the first time this development appears in debt-ridden Greece since 2010 and the first rescue package of the Greek economy. The government lies on that argument for the negotiations with troika in order to… » read more

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She made it, and she can be definitely characterized as one of the most powerful women in modern politics. Chancellor Merkel achieved to bring yesterday an impressive win for her party, CDU, which is the best result since 1990s and the chancellorship of Helmut Kohl, counting for 41.5% of the electorate. Is this election triumph… » read more

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It is a common belief in sciences, politics and economics, and definitely in decision-making, that when you do not know where you head on, the most possible outcome is that you will take the worse decision. This is the way austerity politics are paving, and especially, this is the way the European Union has chosen… » read more

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The unusual German Elections

The electoral debate in Germany is overly developed around the Greek issue and the fate of Greece inside or outside Eurozone, the consolidation program, the possible haircut or the additional aid program and a new Memorandum of Agreement with the troika. I am really surprised by the fact that German candidates are so into the… » read more

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