Dimitris Rapidis

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The major topic / concern of EU, international and domestic media towards parliamentary elections in Greece is -again- whether the country will stay in or leave Eurozone. Actually it is an artificial dilemma as front opposition SYRIZA, leading the polls, never claimed against the fate of the country in the monetary Union. Therefore, it is… » read more

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#Greece: A Dissolving Country

Four years of harsh economic austerity are certainly not a fundamental factor for a country to dissolve. Austerity can be a major factor for social unrest, political instability, extreme poverty and unemployment, growing grievances – but certainly not the departing point for a complete collapse. At least the collapse we have in mind when we… » read more

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Mr. George Katrougalos, PhD, is Professor of Public Law at Democritos University of Thrace, member of the Executive Council of the University, and Constitutional law expert running a robust office in Athens with international appeal. The last years is writing critically on the legal issues of Greek Debt and challenges before domestic and international courts,… » 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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Recent data from Greece’s central government has showed a primary surplus for the first seven months of this year. This is the first time this development appears in debt-ridden Greece since 2010 and the first rescue package of the Greek economy. The government lies on that argument for the negotiations with troika in order to… » 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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The Greek government is lately endeavoring to establish an environment of optimism, exploiting the sense of the latest reports of the troika. Is there any momentum, or daily and economic developments that justify this wave of optimism? Facts show the opposite, but are all those who believe the opposite biased and prejudiced?

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The local services of the Public Insurance System of Greece -known as IKA– have been suffocated during the last weeks by thousands of people waiting for hours in the queues in order to submit their complaints, mostly for payment delays and renewals of health booklets. Old people, but also youngsters and middle-aged employees or unemployed… » read more

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One year ago, when the German Minister of Finance Mr. Philipp Rösler visited Athens along with a group of entrepreneurs from his homeland there was hope and positive signs for investments in photovoltaic parks that would stoke Europe with solar energy, as well as for other less or more impressive investment plans. Similar were the… » read more

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