Dimitris Rapidis

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The sovereign crisis in Ukraine has unfolded a series of retrospectives dealing with Russia’s geopolitical sphere of influence in the inner heart of Eurasia’s chessboard. In the meantime, and as unrest in Crimea deepens, EU leaders adopted a string of “sanctions” against Russia, with the most striking amongst them the cancellation of the EU-Russia Summit.… » read more

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The dramatic developments in Ukraine unveil some deep-rooted sovereign issues for this big and historic country. The fall of Yanukovich, while serving the demands of the majority of the people, was not properly prepared to address the issue of post-leadership crisis. None of the involving parts of the opposition have prepared the “next page” and… » read more

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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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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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The Geneva talks over the future of Iran’s nuclear program came to an end on Saturday night. The outcome of the negotiations, yet being clearly underlined in the common statement, leave significant space for various interpretation. The first and most powerful one came on Sunday morning (24.11.13) by the Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu, stating… » read more

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How much trust could you have for somebody who is regularly intercepting millions of communications between politicians, diplomats, entrepreneurs and citizens around the globe? Can the United States be considered as a “friendly country” and “ally” for the European Union, especially when rumors reveal spying even in Chancellor’s Merkel cellphone? How hypocritical is the shock… » read more

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It is historically proven that whenever the political authority lacks widespread credibility and social support, governments resort to the latest ideological weapon they have, which is the exertion of the doctrine “law and order”. Pollsters in Greece show that the government is gradually losing even the last ramparts of social support, and therefore trying to… » read more

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The atrocities on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall with the hostage crisis and the death of tens of people cannot be considered as a single event, but it has to be encompassed in a wider chain of violence and terrorism that al-Qaeda is exerting through the development of its affiliates in Africa, Southeastern Asia and Middle… » read more

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Iran’s newly-elected President Hassan Rohani is reportedly turned to be concessional in order to reach an agreement over the nuclear program of his country. After a long-running standoff with the West, Rohani seems to abandon the absolutism of his predecessor ex-President Ahmadinejad and try to get closer to the US demands for opacity over Iran’s… » read more

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In his international bestseller “The Post-American World and the Rise of the Rest”, the host of CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show “GPS” Mr. Fareed Zakaria had pointed out a preliminary study over the world after the fall of American imperialism. The author had made clear that even if other world powers, like Russia or China,… » read more

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