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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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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras was interviewed yesterday by ANT1 news anchor. He covered all domestic issues thoroughly, briefly recalled the deeds of Syriza government both before and after the exit from bailout programs, underlined his major goals ahead to triple elections, i.e. European Elections, Municipal Elections, National Elections, expected in early October 2019.

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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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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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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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The outcome of fiscal measures voting yesterday in the Greek Parliament was positive for Eurozone leaders. The measures passed with absolute majority as Syriza coalition partner Independent Greeks, the front opposition New Democracy, PASOK, and The River voted in favor. But Syriza had major losses, as 39 MPs voted against or abstain. Amid these MPs,… » read more

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Last Friday’s Eurogroup in Riga, Latvia, was a complete disaster for all parts involved. For almost all Finance Ministers it was another “revelation” of their lack of ideas, flexibility, and rational argumentation over Greece. It was also a proof of lack of imagination for another Europe, distant from narrow-minded austerity. For Greece and its Finance… » read more

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