Dimitris Rapidis

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Today the National Union of Greek Journalists is going on strike demanding the fulfilling and proper respect of their labour rights after incidences of state censorship seeing the light in the National Broadcast Network (ERT). One week ago two journalists of the morning zone were dismissed after having allegedly hinted against a Minister of the… » read more

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In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union approved a couple of days ago a political road map for Mali that foresees elections by April 2013 towards restoring stability after the coup d’état of last March. In addition, the Council of the African Union agrees to thaw Mali’s participation in the Union so that the country… » read more

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BBC network hosted yesterday an interview with Golden Dawn deputy Ilias Panagiotaros. The deputy talked about the goals and ideas of his party, the conditions in the Greek society, and the way his colleagues endeavor to combat against the crisis. Just to remind you, Golden Dawn is the racist, neo-nazi party that entered the Greek… » read more

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The public budget plan of Portugal for 2013 was presented by Minister V. Gaspar a couple of days ago. The government is insisting on tough austerity measures, including a further rise of fiscal measures. Overall, the new measures correspond to 3,2 % of the GDP, which is in fact interpreted in the cut of two… » read more

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The answer to this question comes from another question: How many are the troikans finally and how many will join them in the near future? And this comes after Chancellor Merkel’s declared intention to assist Greek authorities towards moving ahead to structural reforms in public administration. In this context, if public administration services are not… » read more

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This Tuesday (09.10.12) Chancellor Merkel is making her first visit in the capital of Greece, Athens. It has been a long time ago since the last German Chancellor visited Greece in the context of the traditional exchange visits between the leaders of the EU member-states. But after all, why is Merkel visiting Athens one day… » read more

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The French President’s bi-annual plan for the refreshment of France’s economy was expected to be a well-organized series of development measures, including the confrontation against the increasing rates of unemployment, the invigoration of national economy and competitiveness, and the battle against public deficit. Yet, this plan finally seems to follow the line of austerity measures… » read more

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After the meeting between troika and the Greek coalition government on Thursday 27th of September, the new measures are now being elaborated as they have to be passed by the Greek Parliament in a couple of weeks and start being implemented in the months -and years- to come. Let us have a look.

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In the recent two-round national elections on May and June 2012, the Greek electorate was definitely puzzled. The conservatives of New Democracy and the leftists of SYRIZA were almost head-to-head with respect to forming a government. With slight advantage, New Democracy won the elections and achieved to form a coalition government along with PASOK and… » read more

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Mocking Islam: Why doing so?

The anti-Islam video being allegedly shot in the US and called “The Innocence of Muslims” stirred up a turmoil in the Muslim world a week ago. Now the French weekly Charlie Hebdo came to offer one more blast by publishing a series of cartoons ironically depicting Prophet Muhammad. Meanwhile the French Presidency came quickly to… » read more

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