Dimitris Rapidis

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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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#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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Mrs Photini Tomai is Director of the Service of Diplomatic and Historical Archives of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under her administration, and with close cooperation with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the work of documenting the properties of the Greek communities in Turkey has been efficiently finalized. Mrs Tomai has been National Delegate… » read more

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The tragedy of October 3rd when 350 refugees from Eritrea carried by a shipwreck were chocked near Lampedusa in Sicily literally shocked the European Union. The President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso upon his visit in the area declared his “shock” in front of the coffins with the dead children. The media did… » read more

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Israel is considering itself as the only democratic power in Middle East. The state that keeps the credos of the Western civilization and endeavors to secure peace in the region. The Arab threat and the entire risk of military escalation is always present, especially when dealing with the Palestinian issue. A significant support towards peace… » read more

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Turkey is a robust country, a pivotal player in the entire region which encompasses the Middle East, the Southeastern Mediterranean basin, and the Balkans. It always had a special role in these three areas due to the long-held historical, political, cultural, and economic ties and relations. Lately, Turkey has achieved to unleash a fundamental geopolitical… » read more

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The Cyprus bailout deadlock came to remind us that the Eurozone establishment is something we had really over-appreciated 11 years ago. The idea behind the single currency structure was to decrease instability, increase growth and smooth structural deficiencies between member-states. Nowadays, the conclusion is that Eurozone is a forum of European member-states with no decisional… » read more

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Cyprus comes to take the lion’s share in the process of fiercely undermining austerity politics in Eurozone. After Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, Cyprus seems to shake and unveil the deep heterogeneity inside the single monetary union. There are many questions with pending answers that our interest should be focused on.

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Cyprus, 38 years later

The Committe of the Missing People is set in front of the biggest mass grave in the Turkish-occupied territory of Cyprus, according to information provided by the Cypriot daily Liberal. The first bone remnants have started to be collected being attributed to killed and captured Greek-Cypriot soldiers that had been trapped when the defensive frontline… » read more

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