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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

Alexis Tsipras’ foreign reputation has had a really impressive return to form. Here is a man who was widely vilified outside of Greece, frequently the but of editorial cartoons by publications such as the Economist.  Leading up to the referendum, Tsipras was described as a dangerous brinks-man who threatened the stability of the continent. Today, Tsipras’… » read more

After three years of inhaling the diesel fumes of Paris, I have had the chance to spend a few weeks in Metsovo, in northern Greece. Known to the Greeks and the Bulgarians as Vlachs and to the rest of the Europeans as Aromanians, the Latin dialect-speaking community of Metsovo are a warm and welcoming lot and… » read more

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

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

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

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

In Wolfgang Schaeuble’s Germano-centric EU, no institution is more important – apart from his Politburo-like Eurogroup and the Office of the Chancellor – than his Ministry’s Council of Economic Advisers. The most influential adviser among them is Professor Hans-Werner Sinn from Munich, a Christian missionary-manqué turned tele-economist. Like any good German, Professor Sinn has but a few… » read more

Last Thursday the Central Committee of Syriza convened to discuss over the preparation of an extraordinary or permanent party congress. As simple as this decision might sound, the discussions and speeches had a deeply disappointing tone with regards to the development of the bailout talks and the government policy on this issue so far. Notwithstanding,… » 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

  Guest blog post by Stelios Christopoulos, former EU Official. For many desperate Greeks, the young and energetic PM Tsipras and his Game theory-addicted Minister of Finance had represented the last chance to see the back of the austerity that accompanied the bailout money and ruined their lives. When on 13 July, a week after the referendum of… » read more

After the second vote on prior actions yesterday, the Greek government has achieved to close a big chapter that started last February. Prior actions have passed by the Parliament with absolute majority, as SYRIZA and ANEL coalition government got the support from opposition parties New Democracy, PASOK and The River. For the next 10 days… » read more

The euro is pulverising European democracy. It is destroying democracy not only in Greece but in all other members of the euro zone. It is also destroying people’s hopes for a real democracy at the European level. It has caused a huge rift from north to south and between the crisis-ridden Euro Zone and EU… » read more

A game of betrayals

From Cassius and Ephialtes of Trachis to the infamous “Percentages agreement“, and continuing to modern times the history of the people living on the European continent is littered to the brink with betrayal. It is, to put it mildly, a perfect portrayal of our apparently born inability to trust each other or work together. One needs only… » read more

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