Dimitris Rapidis

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EU lacks geopolitical strategy

The economic crisis remains a top priority for Eurozone with the current consolidation model generating much more problems than solutions. Greece has been forced to adopt a third bailout deal, but the ruling Syriza party resists towards protecting the most affected ones, while unfolding the deadlock that austerity politics have caused to an increasing number… » read more

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Greek PM Tsipras was invited last Monday to participate in Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, an annual meeting held under the auspices of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin aiming -mainly- at boosting Russia’s export capacity. The same day, Greece was invited to become the sixth member of BRICS’s New Development Bank (NDB). International and… » read more

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Last Friday’s Eurogroup in Riga, Latvia, was a complete disaster for all parts involved. For almost all Finance Ministers it was another “revelation” of their lack of ideas, flexibility, and rational argumentation over Greece. It was also a proof of lack of imagination for another Europe, distant from narrow-minded austerity. For Greece and its Finance… » read more

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Five days before the official visit of Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to Moscow and the long-awaited meeting with President Putin, European and international media start (again) criticizing the rapprochement between the two countries. The Guardian and Natalie Nougayrede published today a fiercely ironic OpEd, under the alarming title “Tsipras risks to become Putin’s useful idiot”.… » read more

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  Two leading political figures of the Syriza government have gathered the attention of domestic and global media for visiting Moscow and Beijing respectively. Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and Vice President of the government Yiannis Dragasakis are endeavoring to broaden and deepen bilateral relations with Russia and China in a truly unsteady European geopolitical and economic… » read more

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And here it is now that we are starting pondering on different alternatives on how to manage the debt of Greece and Eurozone. In an interview with The Financial Times, the Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis introduced the term “perpetual bond” to explain his plan to ease Greece’s immense debt burden. As the confrontation… » read more

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On Monday January 26 the European Council released the Statement of the Heads of States or Governments pointing out the growing concern on political and military developments in Ukraine. In the Statement the Council also underlined that the EU should consider taking and implementing new sanctions against Russia if it considers it appropriate. While such… » read more

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It is only about commerce or energy, Ukraine or Georgia, or even the perception of Putin’s authoritative leadership by the Westerners that are lately put under scrutiny. To the contrary, it is something more than that that has kept Western Europe-Russia ties so close all along the previous centuries. And these are the historical and… » read more

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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

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