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New Democracy (ND) came first with 39,8%, a percentage close to ND’s usual electoral score before the Greek Crisis erupted in 2009. ND’s vote count is not that impressive (2.251.411 votes), it is almost the same number of votes as Syriza got at the January 2015 elections (2.246.064). The electoral law provides a 50-seat bonus… » read more

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Syriza government has done much since 2015. Many positive steps, most within tight budget restrictions, regarding the strengthening of social rights and institutions, economic recovery and the steady creation of a favorable environment to stimulate production and boost business opportunities. However, there is yet a lot to be done to fully address the causes and… » read more

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The leadership of the centre-left Movement for Change, the coalition that merged in late 2017 by Pasok, the River, Democratic Left and other smaller group is officially denying any alliance with neither Syriza nor New Democracy party. Nonetheless, during the last months, Fofi Gennimata, the leader of the Movement has been outspoken, adopting the populist… » read more

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The Macedonia name dispute has been dealt successfully with the Prespa agreement after a 26-year-old deadlock, and debt relief has been secured with the decision of the Eurogroup on June 21 after eight years under tough bailout programs. The big political challenge for the Tsipras government is just beginning: how the benefits of exiting memoranda… » read more

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Greece is the only EU member-state that has never regulated the media landscape nor proceeded to a TV licenses auction. Private channels have been operating for 27 years under a state of anomy and in the context of a temporary function. The Context Previous governments, namely ND and PASOK, have been postponing a final resolution… » read more

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Between October 13-16, the governing Syriza party held its second congress in Athens. Many debates, fruitful discussions, but above all the need to re-address some major issues that define the party’s new vision and political scope. Euclid Tsakalotos ranked first in Central Committee voting Greek Minister of Finance achieved to get the first place among… » read more

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It is a turning point for the Syriza-led government. After more than one year since the painful agreement on a third bailout for the country has been reached, the society and the business world are suffocating under the burden of tax hikes, lack of liquidity from the banks, weak improvement of macroeconomic factors. Unemployment has… » read more

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Nikos Belavilas is architect-urban planner, Associate Professor at School of Architecture NTUA (Athens, Greece). During the last months, he is the coordinator of the Social Council for Refugees “Kalos Tous” (Welcome, in Greek). 1. What are the founding principles behind the creation of the Social Council for Refugees “Kalos Tous”? The Social Council for Refugees… » read more

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The Greek government is introducing an omnibus bill including the establishment of the new Privatization Fund that will absorb the former one, created by the ND-PASOK government under the framework of the second bailout deal (2012-14). This new Fund has major differences from the previous one. Contrary to the previous one, the new Fund is… » read more

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