Dimitris Rapidis

Archives for European Union

Sweden’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Carl Bildt, as well as other diplomats, have expressed their concern over the decision of the new President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker to abolish the position of EU Commissioner for Enlargement. In this respect, what are the possible motives for Junker to take such a decision and what… » read more

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Mogherini’s First Priority

A recent report from Euractiv Greece unveiled an ambiguous position of the European Commission regarding the question of alignment of candidate member-states Serbia and Turkey with the EU against Russia with reference to bans in food imports. Similar news reports of the past couple of weeks pointed out that both countries have benefited from the… » read more

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

A couple of months ago, the crisis in Ukraine could look like a common escalation between the Ukrainian and the Russian forces in a power projection game where Moscow should definitely want to win at any cost. This scenario is completely abandoned as the ongoing escalation has taken a rather structural character both in terms… » read more

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Bridging Europe has conducted an independent assessment report on the deeds and performance of the Greek Presidency in the Council of the European Union for the first semester of 2014. In the 19-page informative paper, the research team of Bridging Europe, focused on the special project of the organization (Hellenic Presidency in the CEU), has… » read more

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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.

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis