Dimitris Rapidis

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On Sunday 9 February, the Swiss people were called to vote upon restrictions on free movement of EU citizens in Switzerland seeking job opportunities. The referendum was intitiated by UDC and was passed by majority (50,4%), therefore turning a new page on EU-Switzerland bilateral relations. Is this a positive or a negative development after all?

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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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  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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Tens of thousands of Kurds of Syria fled to Iraq last week, being added to the massive numbers of refugees quitting the country. The borders were until lately blocked due to political and diplomatic tensions but the outflows could not be controlled after the massacre taking place in Damascus and other cities where Kurds were… » read more

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One of the most eloquent diplomats I have ever met, the Swiss Ambassador in Athens Dr. Lorenzo Amberg discuss with me in Dimi’s Lab on Glocal Politics a wide range of issues: from the economic crisis and austerity politics, the Swiss banking system, the migration and religious issues, to the role of Ioannis Kapodistrias in… » read more

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Then we take Berlin

Europe is not only Germany. It is not only France nor Austria or Finland. Europe is above all the fundamental idea of co-existence, the basis from which any global initiative aiming at creating a federal union has to stem from. Europe is also Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus. Therefore the major issue of concern is not… » read more

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Mr. Daniel Esdras is the Director of the International Organization for Migration Office in Athens, Greece. Being in charge of this position for almost 1o years, and having accumulated wide experience in war-affected zones, such as Kosovo, Chechnya, and Sarajevo amongst others, Mr. Esdras firmly reckons that Greece during the last years is “a state… » read more

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Immigration flows in the European continent are increasing with incessant rythms. Thousands of people are crossing the seas from Africa and Minor Asia to find their way in the so-called prosperous societies and achieve to ameliorate their lives. The problem is that it has been years now that immigrants cannot finally meet their needs, find… » read more

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