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The Balkan economies and mainly the Greek economy are negatively influenced by the European debt crisis during the last years. The Turkish economy dominates in the Balkans and can be considered as an emerging one, belonging to the G-20 group (16th largest economy).The economic governance of T. Erdogan is successful until now. The macroeconomic indexes […]

Posted by Giorgos Konstantinidis

It all started with Cyprus announcing its’ intentions to start off shore drilling for natural gas. The drilling was about to take place on the island’s northern borders to Turkey, in an area which is in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), totally under its’ jurisdiction. However the flame between the two countries ignited in 2009, […]

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Mainstream International Relations (IR) thinking (see Realism, Liberalism) holds that the national interest drives states to act the way they do on the international stage. This post-hoc rationalising to explain policy outcomes works successfully enough to be employed by the majority of policy-makers, academics, and analysts to inform their audiences. However, what they are often […]

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Following intense talks of late 2011, the leaders of the six biggest parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) finally agreed on the regulations according to which the country-wide census will be carried out. This agreement was part of an overall package, which was reached after considerable pressure by the international community on 28th December, aiming […]

Posted by Apostolis Karabairis

Nikos Christodoulakis, Professor of Economic Analysis at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), reviews, in this second edition of “Can One Save the Titanic”, the preeminent debates surrounding the Eurozone crisis and particularly the options available to Greece and its partners to overcome it[1]. The book begins with a pre-emptive strike against one […]

Posted by Pavlos Efthymiou

Albania has just entered its 100th year of independence. But does the internal political scene offer enough reasons for celebration? The picture is mixed. On the one hand the country has experienced almost two years of bifurcation and polarization of the political space that endangered social stability. The country experienced successive waves of political standoffs, […]

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The Kosovo conundrum has made it again into the top news stories in the region and beyond, due to the strained atmosphere and tensions taking place in the North since last summer. In July 2011, while the EU-brokered dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina continued with the two sides negotiating freedom of movement of people, vehicles […]

Posted by Apostolis Karabairis

Leading Greek journalist Pavlos Tsimas (Mega, Ta Nea) narrates in the first person, his experiences and reflections on the global economic crisis drawing from his interview material, images and memories. ‘The diary’ is a story of bubbles, irresponsible deregulation, irresponsible lending and borrowing and unrestrained speculation. It assesses government responsibility, greed and revisits the Keynesian/Monetarist […]

Posted by Pavlos Efthymiou