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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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Mr Pierre Moscovici takes office in less than 10 days, after a tumultuous hearing a couple of weeks earlier. During this month, stock markets were shockingly destabilized with distrust over Eurozone to put again into the spotlight. Recent reports unveiled the weaknesses of the German economy, while Britain is heading into the sixth day of… » read more

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The draft report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament over the regulations and powers of the European Central Bank to impose sanctions (EC No 2532/98), issued on September 17, includes a rather ambiguous, to be polite, provision, entitling the ECB to decide whether to publish or not decisions of… » read more

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The Islamic Caliphate (i.e. and not “State” as many refer to it, as it is neither sovereign nor recognized) has been regarded as one of the biggest threats for the Western world and for the always-fragile stability in Middle East. With incomparable organization, power, execution pace, and strong influence, and with funding from unknown sources,… » read more

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Discussions behind the doors have been set on fire regarding the position of the next President of the EU Commission. This process was believed to belong to the past, being the norm for decades in the Council of the European Union. In other words, until this latest campaign, which was the first electoral race for… » read more

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With less than 20 days remaining for the European Parliament Elections, it is vital to outline the proposals of the political groups, as well as the performance of the candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission. The newly established think-tank, Bridging Europe, based in Athens, Greece (to which I have the honor to preside)… » read more

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The first debate of the candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission was held in Maastricht on April 28, less than one month before the elections for the European Parliament. No matter what, this debate is considered to be a cornerstone in the effort to externalize candidates’ views over major policy issues to the… » read more

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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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Yesterday the Greek Prime Minister Mr. Antonis Samaras inaugurated the beginning of the Greek Presidency in the Council of the European Union, the rotating Presidency that every member-state assumes each semester. All statements stemming from the Greek PM were ending with the same phrase: “Greece will exit the crisis in 2014. We do have hopes… » 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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