Dimitris Rapidis

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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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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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Mogherini’s First Priority

A recent report from Euractiv Greece unveiled an ambiguous position of the European Commission regarding the question of alignment of candidate member-states Serbia and Turkey with the EU against Russia with reference to bans in food imports. Similar news reports of the past couple of weeks pointed out that both countries have benefited from the… » read more

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A couple of months ago, the crisis in Ukraine could look like a common escalation between the Ukrainian and the Russian forces in a power projection game where Moscow should definitely want to win at any cost. This scenario is completely abandoned as the ongoing escalation has taken a rather structural character both in terms… » read more

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Mrs Photini Tomai is Director of the Service of Diplomatic and Historical Archives of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under her administration, and with close cooperation with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the work of documenting the properties of the Greek communities in Turkey has been efficiently finalized. Mrs Tomai has been National Delegate… » read more

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The sovereign crisis in Ukraine has unfolded a series of retrospectives dealing with Russia’s geopolitical sphere of influence in the inner heart of Eurasia’s chessboard. In the meantime, and as unrest in Crimea deepens, EU leaders adopted a string of “sanctions” against Russia, with the most striking amongst them the cancellation of the EU-Russia Summit.… » read more

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The dramatic developments in Ukraine unveil some deep-rooted sovereign issues for this big and historic country. The fall of Yanukovich, while serving the demands of the majority of the people, was not properly prepared to address the issue of post-leadership crisis. None of the involving parts of the opposition have prepared the “next page” and… » read more

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The Ukrainian Conundrum

Ukraine is torn into two parts: the one being strongly opposed to President Yanukovych’s pro-Russian statemanship; the other being silent or at least less opposed to closer partnership with Russia. The first and most ardent part is massively demonstrating in the streets of Kyiv and other major cities, pressing the Presidency to shift roles or… » read more

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Since independence in 1990, Ukraine was suffering from major regime upturns: electoral fraud, corruption, economic instability, the transfer of public property into the hands of loyal oligarchs, censorship, and too much power concentration in the Presidential office. The “Orange Revolution” of 2004 that brought into power Victor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko was expected to change… » read more

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