Dimitris Rapidis

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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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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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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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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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  The Rail Baltica Project is one of the core projects of the European Union, being part of the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), and aimed to link Finland with the Baltic States (i.e. Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia), Poland and Germany. The project has been prepared and developed since 1994, but still the opportunity to get it… » read more

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For the first time since last elections on May and June 2012, Mr. Alexis Tsipras can look forward to addressing the Greek electorate with more relish than dread. His party does love him and its members, despite still being relatively mingled between populism and constructive rhetoric, have not forgotten his strive for accommodating all concerns… » 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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President’s Barroso annual speech over the current situation of the European Union, the so-called State of the Union, offered nothing new in the debate over the future of the Union. No fresh ideas, no concerns over austerity politics, no realism in the analysis, but above all no self-criticism over the management of overdebtedness and economic… » read more

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