Dimitris Rapidis

In the European Council’s “battlefield” Greek PM Alexis Tsipras will be squeezed in the corner. With cooperation between Greece and Turkey on the spotlight, Tsipras has to manage escaping from possible pitfalls, while securing that the preparation of hospots for refugees will not delay further due to lack of funding. Emphasis will be given on… » read more

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  Yesterday the Greek delegation presented in the Eurogroup the list of reforms for the next month. These reforms have to pass through the Parliament so that the next tranche of 3 billion euros can be released by the ESM. Greek Minister of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos achieved to convince his counterparts on the reforms of… » read more

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Syriza won for a third time in a row during 2015. The first time was last January, the second in July’s referendum with the resounding “No”, and now on September 20. In Bridging Europe, already since late August, we have predicted the turnout, depicting the margin of Syriza between 5-7%. But what were these elements… » read more

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There was no space for compromise during yesterday’s debate. From the first moment Syriza leader Tsipras ruled out any possible grand coalition between Syriza and New Democracy. On his side ND leader Meimarakis was very offensive against Tsipras in an effort to record a win a for his party after a disastreous performance last January.… » read more

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  Many were expecting that this debate last night would be extremely boring. They were right as all political leaders had nothing fresh to offer in the discussion. Nonetheless, even in this stiff depiction of Greek political life, we can come to some useful conclusions.   After a first reading, each one of the political… » read more

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Bridging Europe published last Friday the first poll towards snap elections in September 20. It is very early and unsafe to provide a solid assessment, but two things are certain: first, undecided voters will define the final turnout; second, coalition government is the most probable scenario. Syriza Alexis Tsipras is the most popular among Greek… » read more

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For the time being, snap elections is the worst case scenario for most members of the Greek government, the opposition, the business world. The biggest part of the electorate is hugely disappointed with the performance of the Greek government so far (i.e. see nationwide poll of Bridging Europe), especially after the government capitulated to the… » read more

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After an all-night session and a lot of drama, the Greek Parliament voted in favor of the third bailout deal. Amid fierce debates, personal accusations, complaints against Zoe Konstantopoulou, the President of the Parliament, for impeding the process, and a deeper rupture inside Syriza party, Greek Minister of Finance Tsakalotos is now negotiating -or better… » read more

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The draft of the ESM bailout saw the light earlier today after the conclusion of the final, technical talks between the Greek delegation and the creditors. From the 35 actions that are needed to pass through the Parliament the coming days, 20 of them are unclear on their essence and argumentation. Why is that? From… » read more

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