Dimitris Rapidis

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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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It is historically proven that whenever the political authority lacks widespread credibility and social support, governments resort to the latest ideological weapon they have, which is the exertion of the doctrine “law and order”. Pollsters in Greece show that the government is gradually losing even the last ramparts of social support, and therefore trying to… » 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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Berlusconi’s Backlash (?)

  Four months after the composition of Enrico Letta’s cabinet with the participation of the Democratic Party, the People of Freedom, Civic Choice, the Union of the Center and four more independent MPs, Italy’s ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi attempted to draw the support his party had pledged to the coalition government. A sound and impressive maneuver,… » read more

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The governing party of New Democracy -one of the two parties of the coalition government in Greece along with PASOK- has meticulously developed a communication strategy since mid-summer that was aiming to equalize the dangers of the extreme right party Golden Dawn with the front opposition leftist party SYRIZA in the quest of maximizing its… » 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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She made it, and she can be definitely characterized as one of the most powerful women in modern politics. Chancellor Merkel achieved to bring yesterday an impressive win for her party, CDU, which is the best result since 1990s and the chancellorship of Helmut Kohl, counting for 41.5% of the electorate. Is this election triumph… » read more

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