Dimitris Rapidis

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The research and communication services center Bridging Europe is strongly embarking into the field of opinion polling in Greece, attempting to cover the widening gap of information with regards to political developments in Greece, the coverage of the Greek crisis, the complex economic and social environment that has been created since January 2015 and the… » read more

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  The most tricky information you can easily receive these days comes from opinion polls. With reference to the outcome of the referendum in Greece, most polls have presented hilariously divergent results. For someone that is used and experienced in interpreting pollsters, two things are certain: one, pollsters usually shape opinion rather than presenting a… » read more

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Greek PM Tsipras was invited last Monday to participate in Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, an annual meeting held under the auspices of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin aiming -mainly- at boosting Russia’s export capacity. The same day, Greece was invited to become the sixth member of BRICS’s New Development Bank (NDB). International and… » 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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  The month-long negotiations between the Greek government and Eurozone ended up temporarily with the adoption of a 4-month extension of the current bailout program during which the Greek government is bound to undertake a specific course of action regarding these structural reforms that will convince the creditors that Greece is ready to receive the… » read more

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One step before reaching an agreement (?) on Greece’s bailout program, the government dispatched today the revised proposal including the extension of the current loan agreement for the next six (6) months, while introducing a moratorium in the implementation of new austerity measures suggested by troika last November. Meanwhile, the ECB decided yesterday to extend… » read more

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Time always matter. In 1946 Great Britain’s PM Winston Churchill gave a speech at the University of Zurich pointing out the paramount need for the creation of the “United States of Europe”. The statement of Churchill came after an unprecedentedly devastating war that destroyed Europe in political, human, and economic level. Almost 60 years later,… » read more

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These last days we have witnessed a growing “statement war” over the possible outcome of the negotiations in this Wednesday’s Eurogroup and the possibility of “Grexit”. This term that has been so easily used in unofficial statements and media coverage to stir anxiety in the markets and fear in the Greek and European public is… » 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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