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A bridge to nowhere?

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About a decade ago in the US, there was a minor scandal about a ‘bridge to nowhere’: substantial federal funds had been appropriated to build a bridge to replace a little-used ferry to an Alaskan island, mainly – it appeared – to serve the pork-barrel politics of Washington. Theresa May might find herself reflecting on […]

How to read the Brexit White Paper

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Today’s White Paper on “The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union” fulfils a government commitment to provide Parliament with its considered opinion about how to manage the process of Brexit. Quite aside from the timing issue – coming as it does a day after the second reading of the EU(NOW) Bill - the White […]

We’re on our (Brexit) way!

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Eppur si muove. A scant 7 months after the referendum, last night Parliament passed the second reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill* by a clear 498 votes to 114. Job done, Parliament no obstacle, what could go wrong? As usual – in accordance with Usherwood’s law - plenty can go wrong, no matter who one is. To […]

NEWS

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-  ΝΕΟ BLOG: κ. Αλέξανδρος Κυριακίδης “Το ΔΝΤ, το Ελληνικό Χρέος, και το 3ο Ελληνικό Πρόγραμμα” –  NEW ARTICLE  on the Greek Crisis and the EU-IMF assistance programmes by Alexandros Kyriakidis in IJES 24(2) 2016 – full article on “The Greek Crisis 2009-2015: A Comprehensive Analysis of the EU-IMF Financial Assistance Programs”

Το ΔΝΤ, το Ελληνικό Χρέος, και το 3ο Ελληνικό Πρόγραμμα

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Λαμβάνοντας υπ’ όψιν το προεκτεθέν ισχύον νομικό-θεσμικό αλλά και πολιτικό πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος, η συμμετοχή του ΔΝΤ, όπως έχει ήδη επισημανθεί από τον Μάιο του 2016, φαίνεται αναπόφευκτη. Αυτό που θα πρέπει, όμως, να επιτευχθεί είναι τουλάχιστον η ορθή κρίση από το ΔΝΤ των μέτρων που προτείνουν οι εντός-Ευρώπης δανειστές για το Ελληνικό χρέος, ώστε […]

Brexit is still happening, just not the way May hoped

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The British Supreme Court ruling of January 24 was a mixed result for the Prime Minister Theresa May’s government (PDF). On the one hand, they saw their earlier defeat in the High Court defeat confirmed, committing them to passing legislation through parliament before they can start the formal process of leaving the European Union under Article 50. On the […]

Water, Agriculture and Renewable Energy

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How could we save Europe, help refugees and fight climate change at the same time? It would be hard to deny that the refugee crisis – caused by wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan – has put a terrible strain on Europe, as millions of people from these war torn regions have sought refuge within […]

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