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As EU has entered in talks with Great Britain towards a more accommodating relationship that would vanquish Brexit prospects, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble keeps insisting that Greece would be in better economic condition if decision on Grexit had been reached in summer. Obsession of Schäuble to cling in this idea every now and then,… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Since the spark of the financial crisis, Greece has been weak in building a sound business environment. In this fragile context, disastrous austerity came to give a final blow. The last three years of EU funds 2007-13 period were not as efficient as the domestic governments or the European Commission could expect, but this was… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

On Israel, refugees and foreign policy, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy seems to have swallowed the Swedish self-assessment of being a ‘humanitarian’ super-power. In his article “Sweden, my love” in Haaretz (November 18th), Gideon Levy depicts two morally opposite countries: Sweden, “the closest thing there is today to a model state”, and Israel, an occupying state… » read more

  Posted by Mose Apelblat

Recent legal development, involving opinion 2/13 on the accession of the EU to the ECHR, have put the relation between the EU and its Member States’ legal systems centre stage again. As important as the discussions around human rights are, there are many more, smaller pieces to this puzzle. Indeed, it is time we learn… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

A durable Energy Union?

  By Imke Lübbeke, Head of EU Climate and Energy Policy at WWF European Policy Office The European Commission is about to issue its ‘State of the Energy Union’. This is the latest step towards a policy framework that will oversee the vital 2020 to 2030 phase of Europe’s energy transition. As we look forward,… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

EU lacks geopolitical strategy

The economic crisis remains a top priority for Eurozone with the current consolidation model generating much more problems than solutions. Greece has been forced to adopt a third bailout deal, but the ruling Syriza party resists towards protecting the most affected ones, while unfolding the deadlock that austerity politics have caused to an increasing number… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

On 6 November 2015 Judge and Professor Sacha Prechal from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered a presentation on the concept of ‘mutual trust’ before the CJEU at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. According to her the biggest challenge for the principle of mutual trust lies in providing limitations to it without upsetting… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

By Tomi Tuominen The European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered its judgment in the much followed case Gauweiler in last June, where it found the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Outright Monetary Transactions programme (OMT) to be legal in light of the Treaties and the Statute of the ECB. Although the outcome of the case and… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

Since the spark of the US mortgage crisis in 2008 and the major repercussions that left behind in global scale, Eurozone has entered into a vicious circle of austerity and downfall. The economic stagnation and the myopic insistence on distorting the foundations of a welfare state in the European South (i.e. much more affected by… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Suddenly, after the explosion of the Greek political volcano and the third austerity-led bailout deal, a piece of it was sparked and traveled further than it was set to in the beginning. Truth is that Vassilis Leventis and his party, the Union of Centrists, are coming back from the dusty clocks of the Greek political… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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