Dimitris Rapidis

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There is a growing concern from both independent and politically-dependent media that the forthcoming elections for the European Parliament on May will be stigmatized by the increase of anti-EU political forces. The rationale behind these concerns, while being clearly advocated, lacks significant understanding of the problem per se: Why the EU citizens are willing to… » read more

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On 12.3.2014 the European Parliament (EP) Plenary Session adopted stricter rules upon the protection of personal data. The reform comes to address a string of obsolete rules dated back to the 1995 Directive regarding the protection of personal data on commercial transactions and on the web, leaving though some space for further considerations.

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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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The Ukrainian Conundrum

Ukraine is torn into two parts: the one being strongly opposed to President Yanukovych’s pro-Russian statemanship; the other being silent or at least less opposed to closer partnership with Russia. The first and most ardent part is massively demonstrating in the streets of Kyiv and other major cities, pressing the Presidency to shift roles or… » read more

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On January 20 the European Union is going to implement all sanctions relief for Iran, including bans on insuring and transporting Iranian oil, petrochemicals, gold, and other precious metals. The lifting of bans will last for six months, and within this timeframe the Iranian government is expected to start decreasing and eliminating uranium enrichment of… » read more

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Despite frequent references over EU’s ageing population, European Commission’s Youth Report for 2012 brings some useful information. According to the data, in January 2011 around 95.2 million young people aged between 15-29 lived in the EU-27. The acceding country of Croatia as well as the five candidate member-states from Eastern Balkans are expected to add… » read more

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We are optimistic for 2014

The European Union has been faced with mounting problems in 2013. As in 2012 and 2011. Coming down to the year-end accountings, what is left for the Union is a mixing taste of hopefulness and deception for the deeds and the wrongdoings. The year 2014 will be the year of the elections for the European… » read more

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