Dimitris Rapidis

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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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In a recent interview on Greece’s domestic politics, the head of ND opposition party Mr Mitsotakis doubted about whether social benefits and Christmas bonus are necessary. He also added that such benefits turn employees ”hostages” of a clientelist system, insinuating that these fundamental pillars of a welfare state should be revised, cut or even abolished.

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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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On May 11 the Greek government extended for a fourth consecutive time the law protecting primary residences from foreclosure. This refers to a wide category of non-performing loans (NPLs), covering as well medium-size enterprises with gross annual income lower than 50 million euros, occupying up to 250 employees. This regulation protects 94% of the total… » read more

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Syriza government proposal for the survival of the pension system in Greece has been delivered to the institutions for consultation. The proposal is structured in a way to serve three major goals: a. protect the current pensioners; b. secure that new generations will receive pension; c. safeguard the pension system and avoid a total collapse.… » read more

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