Dimitris Rapidis

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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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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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Hasta cuando?

Despite austerity measures, the Spanish economy continues to shrink. Public debt is increasing, whereas the banking system is more fragile than before. The problematic real estate loans continue to increase, despite the prospective cut and the reposition to the big basket of the “evil bank”. Meanwhile, the political environment does not encourage positive developments.

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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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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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The latest output about poverty in Greece conducted by the Greek Statistic Agency -along with combined data from Eurostat- shows the depth and width of the Greek problem since 2010. It only takes to consider that in 2010 unemployment rates were about 14% whereas two years later there is an increase of 50% reaching now… » read more

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George Papandreou is a Greek politician served as Prime Minister of Greece from October 2009 until November 2011. To someone naif or just irrelevant with Greek politics -and especially with the Greek debt crisis- George Papandreou might be seemed as a political figure who bravely endeavored to clean up the mess of Greece’s ballooning public… » read more

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