Is Greece an entry point for terrorists?

As was widely reported, Greece was warned last week that it faces suspension from the border-free Schengen zone if authorities fail to adequately revamp its control of the EU’s external borders and deal with refugee arrivals more efficiently. Such a decision would cause much controversy as the Schengen agreement constitutes one of the fundamental pillars […]

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Merely outlawing Golden Dawn is not enough

Recently the Guardian published an article about whether young people are more tolerant than their parents. Not restricting its attention to the UK, the article includes several states from around the world, including Greece. The Greek youth appear to have shown high support for Golden Dawn, an ideological offspring of the abhorrent Nazi worldview, which […]

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Solidarity out of self-interest

Crisis mode has become the new normal for European leaders. Over the past five years, the EU has held its breath over the euro crisis leaving visible scars on its functioning and the way, how Member States deal with each other. Dissent over the right prescriptions for the crisis management brought about severe tensions between […]

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Broadening the concept of Greek identity as an approach to facilitate immigrant integration processes

Besides a devastating economic crisis, Greece is currently facing a growing humanitarian crisis unparalleled in recent times. The country, which constitutes a major entry point for refugees and migrants fleeing war-torn areas, persecution or conditions of extreme poverty, is struggling to offer adequate protection and even basic supplies to those in need. Only during the […]

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Making sense of the Greek elections

The Greek election is over and SYRIZA returns to power having secured an emphatic victory over its main political rival, New Democracy. Although the pre-election opinion polls had predicted a close contest between the two parties, the official results proved them wrong; SYRIZA received 35.46% of the vote, which translates into 145 seats in the […]

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A timeout-proposal with consequences

Despite the tactics of brinkmanship used by all negotiation parties, the Greek government and the Eurogroup finally managed to find a general understanding on a third assistance package. However, this deal comes at a very heavy price: considering the harsh statements on the negotiation process that followed the agreement, its fallout is immense. The marathon […]

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The Fidesz party’s affair with radical voters

One of the most interesting phenomenons in current Hungarian politics is the increasing radicalisation of the conservative Fidesz government and the attempt of the far right Jobbik to recast itself as a mainstream party. Controversial governmental initiatives on topics like the death penalty and immigration may do well to decelerate Fidesz’s unpopularity, but in the […]

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