A new war in Syria

Reconstruction. Everyone talks about it but the thing itself appears elusive. There is no doubt it has become imperative for Syria to shift its focus and remaining resources to reconstruction. The status on the field at least allows for it; it was the US President Donald Trump who, back in July, distinctly stressed that ISIS... Continue Reading →

Was Thanos right?

It took three years before the last encounter of the Avengers against a complex, cosmic entity that sought to obliterate the world. Ultron, a form of artificial intelligence, aptly embodied the cynical villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). This was the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Guardians of the Galaxy (2014),... Continue Reading →

The Grexit Report

An overview of the public currency debate in Greece Introduction Six years have passed since the agreement of the first bailout programme for Greece. 2010 was also the first year during which the notion of Grexit emerged in the mainstream public discourse both in Greece and abroad, mostly through media reporting and Press headlines. From... Continue Reading →

“The federalist ‘dream’ is dead”

Interview with Philippe Legrain. In light of the multi-tier Europe prospect raised by EU leaders and officials, political economist and former advisor to the EU Commission president J. M. Barroso, Mr Philippe Legrain, urges that institutional solutions fall short of resolving fundamental issues in the eurozone crisis. Recently we witnessed an ambivalent announcement of a... Continue Reading →

A Five Star turn over Rome

Hardly has there been a recent period without turmoil in Italy's political system, but there is something exceptional in the waiting weeks before the referendum of December 4.  With expedient tours, audacious speeches, tactical manoeuvres and political rattling, prime minister Matteo Renzi has been trying to convince Italian men and women to back his constitutional... Continue Reading →

Stories of truth from the Land of Grace

Three years have passed since the death of Hugo Chávez and the Land of Grace, Venezuela, finds itself at a political and social crossroads. In the midst of food shortages, soaring hyperinflation, opposition calls for the removal of president Nicolás Maduro and government bemoaning of a coup against it, the Latin American country of 32 million... Continue Reading →

Syria: double deals and iconic moves

A sound indication of political convergence -rather than prevalence of a single stakeholder- lies beneath the announced partial withdrawal of Russia’s military forces in Syria. The move came right upon the warning by the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, that there would be no plan B in case the peace talks fail.... Continue Reading →

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