Dimitris Rapidis

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  Many were expecting that this debate last night would be extremely boring. They were right as all political leaders had nothing fresh to offer in the discussion. Nonetheless, even in this stiff depiction of Greek political life, we can come to some useful conclusions.   After a first reading, each one of the political… » read more

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Probably during the next days creditors (and partners) of Greece will reach a final decision on the proposals (fifth amendment so far) of the Greek government. We don’t risk a prediction, but it is certain that all the way since February 2015 we have lived a monumental Greek drama, mainly due to the hasty and… » read more

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Greece is considered to be the cradle of democracy globally. This great achievement and feeling of being part of this country is destroyed by the way democracy is applied in practice. In these four years of austerity politics we have not really experienced the very meaning of democracy in its great extent. And this observation… » 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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The local services of the Public Insurance System of Greece -known as IKA– have been suffocated during the last weeks by thousands of people waiting for hours in the queues in order to submit their complaints, mostly for payment delays and renewals of health booklets. Old people, but also youngsters and middle-aged employees or unemployed… » read more

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One year ago, when the German Minister of Finance Mr. Philipp Rösler visited Athens along with a group of entrepreneurs from his homeland there was hope and positive signs for investments in photovoltaic parks that would stoke Europe with solar energy, as well as for other less or more impressive investment plans. Similar were the… » read more

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On September, 19 the French President François Hollande paid a visit in Athens, Greece, and had protocol discussions with the troika of coalition government and the President of the Republic Mr. Karolos Papoulias. Accidentally, this day the mass media were on strike and unfortunately the only coverage made was by the public television, where the… » read more

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The Greek public sector has been on the center of the cyclone now that austerity politics are aimed to sweep over the remnants of a gigantic and non-prolific bureaucracy. But the way of doing so -i.e. to mind the gap between the width of the public service, the wages, and the efficiency rate- has ended… » read more

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