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Following the sudden resignation of its secretary, Walter Veltroni, the Italian Democratic Party has entered into a serious crisis. The product of a merger in 2007 between former Communists and former Christian Democrats, the Party had never taken off. It badly lost the April 2008 national elections, and practically all subsequent elections. Nobody devoted his/her […]

Posted by Gianfranco Pasquino

The Brussels-based “International Crisis Group” (ICG) issued a new report on the so-called “name dispute” between Athens and Skopje[1]. Its alleged aim is to provide a set of proposals for the two parties to reach an agreement, thus clearing the way for “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (FYROM) to join NATO and eventually the… » read more

Posted by blogs@ELIAMEP

Corruption is regressive. It affects foremost the marginalized sectors of society and its impact is felt more by the poor and the citizens of countries where resources are scarce. It serves as a subversive mechanism for democracy and popular participation, breeding cynicism, distrust and apathy while undermining the legitimacy of state institutions.
If all of the […]

Posted by Ioannis Tsorbatzoglou

Both Turkish citizens, all of the candidates and international observers seem to be happy that at the end of a long-election marathon, local elections ended as the victory of democracy in Turkey on March 29, Sunday. Almost 48 million citizens voted in 180.000 polling stations to choose their local leaders in every level, from city […]

Posted by Damla Cihangir

It is frequently mentioned that Russia’s relations with the European Union (EU) are those “of strategic partners”. They share a common European civilization and common values. The practical significance of this phrase though is ambiguous, as there is no common meaning inside and outside the EU.
On 6 March 2009, ELIAMEP organized a lecture delivered by […]

Posted by blogs@ELIAMEP

ELIAMEP: One of the main objectives of the Czech Presidency is to promote implementation of the conclusions of G20 Economic Summit in Washington and those of the December European Council. However, Mr. Topolánek has warned of the risks of “excessive regulation and protectionism“. What kind of concrete measures to deal with financial crisis are likely […]

Posted by blogs@ELIAMEP

What follows are miscellaneous ideas. They reflect personal convictions based on dedicated and engaged observation of the events in Israel/Palestine since almost two decades. They do not reflect necessarily arguments that are sustained by facts and data but rather express opinions that may be subject to future revision and re-consideration. The objective of this contribution […]

Posted by Asem Khalil

In a lecture organized by ELIAMEP and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens, on February 12th, 2009, in the European Parliament Offices in Athens, the Political Director of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Volker Stanzel outlined some of the current security challenges facing Europe and proposed a new approach […]

Posted by blogs@ELIAMEP

The meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos are known for their ambition to act as catalysts in long-lasting international disputes. Davos’ idyllic Alpine landscape and the informal character of the meetings are meant to help leaders reach conciliation and conflict resolution. This was the apparent intention of the organisers when they organised a […]

Posted by Ioannis N. Grigoriadis

The debates surrounding the bill organizing the social and political inclusion of the children of migrants born and educated in Greece sounds all too familiar to a French observer. Indeed, they seem to repeat an attempt at reformulating the politics of citizenship that was made in France at the turn of the 1980’s and the […]

Posted by Eléonore Lépinard