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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

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

  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

The alarming increase in child poverty leaves untouched decision-makers in Brussels. It unveils the most appalling facet of the economic crisis, it constitutes a fundamental factor that undermines growth prospects, strongly affects performance at schools, causes problems in the family and psychology issues and breaks down the basic structures and safety nets of the society.… » 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

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

The research and communication services center Bridging Europe is strongly embarking into the field of opinion polling in Greece, attempting to cover the widening gap of information with regards to political developments in Greece, the coverage of the Greek crisis, the complex economic and social environment that has been created since January 2015 and the… » read more

The Central Committee of the ruling party Syriza convenes tomorrow, Thursday, to debate upon the bailout talks. The Political Secretariat decided yesterday, after discussions with PM Tsipras, that its is indispensable for the party to abide by internal rules and give the voice to its members and elected representatives to accept or reject the bailout… » read more

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

The outcome of the 17-hour long meeting of Eurozone leaders last Sunday was a huge blow for the Greek government. Amidst rumors that the Greek PM Tsipras was blackmailed to agree with any measure put in the table, both by the United States and Eurozone leaders, and despite the outstanding support of Greek PM in… » read more

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