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Alexis Giannoulis
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Grexit's Cost for Europe

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 2:59 PM

It has been more than five months since the new Greek government took office. In Europe, Syriza's election led to a sense of uncertainty, given its mandate from the Greek people to end austerity and discontinue business as usual with Greece's creditors. For the majority of Greeks, there was an...

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Nostalgia for the Past Won't Cure Greece's Ills

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 2:01 PM

With just a few months until the upcoming double elections in Greece, the political system has never been more in a state of flux across the political spectrum. The past 5 years of economic distress and austerity have put pressure on the country's political dynamics while prompting many Greeks to...

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Greece's Dilemma: Too Much Austerity and Too Many Demons

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 2:18 PM

The Greek government's closure of the national television and radio network last week marked the end of state-run television in Greece for the first time since 1974, when the country became a functional democracy. It also serves to symbolize that the government finally appears to realize it has produced too...

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The Cyprus Deal Signals a Rise in the Far Right in Europe

(6) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:51 PM

News of the 10-billion-euro bailout for Cyprus should not be cause for celebration. An ambiguous plan has been put forward to restructure the country's banking system and the effective expropriation of depositor funds will continue. Yet global stock markets have, as usual, risen on the news that the ECB has...

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Expect Little Change in Greece

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 10:42 AM

Less than three percentage points separated New Democracy (ND) and Syriza in Greece, and the markets are not celebrating for a good reason. Far from providing any kind of real guidance about what comes next, the lackluster 'victory' by ND appears only to have served to raise further question about...

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Rising National Security Risk in Europe

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Unemployment isn't often associated with national security risk, but it is increasingly becoming a concern for intelligence agencies attempting to map out the likely socioeconomic impacts of rising unemployment in Europe. We define 'national security' to mean the security and preservation of the state from internal and external risks, as...

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Greece's Message

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 10:18 AM

The influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote in his book Power that fear is the basis of both leaders and followers, of feelings such as anger, jealousy thirst for power, social positioning, and as the basis of the need to follow leaders and belong to some group. Yesterday, this fear...

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Europe's Lurch to the Fringe

(10) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 9:38 AM

This Sunday's French and Greek elections may mark the beginning of the end of the current political status quo not only for France and Greece, but for much of Europe. The polls will take place in a unique political, economic, social and psychological climate, and will likely mark a formal...

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Growing Cracks in the BRICS

(14) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 1:46 PM

The fourth BRICS summit succeeded in consolidating the group's influence by seeking to enhance international cooperation and taking a unified stance on some of the world's most pressing concerns -- such as Iran, Syria, credit flows, global investment, and cross-border trade. This year's summit was a noticeable step forward: not...

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Electoral Politics Influence Possible Israeli Attack on Iran

(51) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 12:16 PM

It is surely the case that when President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu meet at the White House on March 5th, the timing of a potential Israeli attack on Iran will be on the agenda. Another topic of discussion -- whether purposeful or inadvertent -- is likely to be how...

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