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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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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What is happening to the soul of Europe?

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has recently published an interesting book Is Europe Losing Its Soul? The European Social Model in Times of Crisis in which the collapse of the European Social Model is investigated. Europe is clearly undergoing a period of great difficulties and controversies and the Greek case has highlighted all the contradictions […]

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Merkel’s choice between bad or worse

For Germans, the Greek crisis is again the single most important political topic. The German government finds itself in a difficult position after the Greek ‘No’ to the financial aid package. Whatever will be the result of the renewed negotiations after Sunday’s summit – a new rescue package, some form of a haircut or debt […]

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