Dimitris Rapidis

Archives for Social Cohesion

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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  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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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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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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Criminalizing the Homeless

Hungary has decided to ban homeless people that are discarded and dispatched in the streets of the country. Homeless people that have ended up in this condition for various reasons, amongst which we find the side effect of the economic crisis and the rising unemployment and poverty rates, are now persecuted. These people are completely… » read more

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It is a common belief in sciences, politics and economics, and definitely in decision-making, that when you do not know where you head on, the most possible outcome is that you will take the worse decision. This is the way austerity politics are paving, and especially, this is the way the European Union has chosen… » read more

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The unusual German Elections

The electoral debate in Germany is overly developed around the Greek issue and the fate of Greece inside or outside Eurozone, the consolidation program, the possible haircut or the additional aid program and a new Memorandum of Agreement with the troika. I am really surprised by the fact that German candidates are so into the… » read more

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Elections in Greece?

Rumors have been growing since last week after the decision of the head party of the coalition government New Democracy to shut down the public broadcaster ERT and proceed to massive layoffs. This decision brought continuous and harsh demonstrations from the labor unions of the country, while stirring up the existing concerns regarding the homogeneity… » read more

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French daily Le Monde issued yesterday the chart of unemployment in the European Union. The facts are extremely disappointing for the entity of the Union, but especially for the peripheries. South Europe scores the highest rates followed by Ireland, two of the three Baltic states (i.e. Latvia and Lithuania), Bulgaria, Hungary, and France. The aggregate… » 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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