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europolmigrationThe criminal group was suspected of facilitating the illegal entry into the EU of migrants mainly Syrian via maritime routes from Turkey to Greece

Copyright: www.europol.europa.eu – Publication Date on RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) 23 March 2015

On 10-11 March 2015, Greek law enforcement authorities, with the support of Europol, dismantled an organized criminal group suspected of facilitating the entry of irregular migrants - mainly Syrian nationals - into Greece from Turkey via maritime routes. The group also smuggled victims from Greece to other EU Member States through a range of methods, and was involved in the production and distribution of forged travel documents and their trading to other organized criminal groups. The criminal network operated in Greece and was formed of members from several countries including Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Romania...Read more

cyprusflag14Antonia Dimou
(Senior Advisor, Research Institute for European and American Studies, Greece and Associate at the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan)

Copyright: www.cceia.unic.ac.cy Publication Date on RIEAS web site: 15 February 2015

The national parliamentary elections in Greece highlighted the victory for the first time ever of left-wing Syriza party which gained 36.3 percent of the voter turnout securing 149 seats out of 300, short of an absolute majority. The election outcome prompted the formation of a coalition government with The Independent Greeks far-right party that supports an end to austerity. On the other side of the political spectrum, until recently ruling conservative New Democracy lost 2.1 percent of its vote share as compared to the 2012 national elections, a percentage that when converted into numbers represents a loss of 53 seats. Social democratic party Pasok continued to shrink and became the last political force that surpassed the 3 percent threshold with seats being reduced to merely 13 from 33 in 2012... Read more

moldova25Claudiu-Nicolae Sonda
(Postgraduate student in the M.A. Program - the International and European Relations-in the Linkoping University, Sweden)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date on 31 January 2015

In this article we will present a short account of the political scene in Moldova during the dissolution of the Soviet Empire, and in its aftermath. We are tracing the growth of the Democratic Movement of Moldova, and its metamorphosis into a well-organized political group which managed to get its own Prime-Minister in power, and to restore pluralism inside the Moldavian parliament. The completion of our journey will be the frozen conflict of Transnistria, which drew a yet unsettled line of contention between right-bank and left-bank Moldova....Read more

greece18Stylianos Kritharas
(RIEAS Research Associate)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication Date: 26 October 2014

The new era of global environmental issues demands the engagement of new energy policies both actively and dynamically. The turn from the traditional sources to new ones, will strengthen the economy of a nation and will bring it one step closer to energy autonomy. Development in the field of production is of high value and the next level of environmental policies opposite to redistribution.... Read more
acropolis15Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
(Professor in international law and global political studies, based in Austria. His recent book Is There Life after Facebook? is published by the New York's Addleton Academic Publishers)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication Date: 20 October 2014

A freshly released IMF's World Economic Outlook brings (yet again, for the sixth year in a row, and for the third time this year only) no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU. Will the passionately US-pushed cross-Atlantic Free Trade Area save the day? Or, would that Pact-push drag the things over the edge and mark an end of the unionistic Europe? Is the extended EU conflict with Russia actually a beginning of the Atlantic-Central Europe's conflict over Russia, an internalization of mega geopolitical and geo-economic dilemma – who accommodates with whom, in and out of the Union? Finally, does more Ukrainian (and Eastern Europe) calamities pave the road for a new cross-continental grand accommodation, of either austerity-tired France or über-performing Germany with Russia, therefore the end of the EU? For whose sake Eastern Europe has been barred of all important debates such as that of Slavism, identity, secularism and antifascism? Why do we suddenly wonder that all around Germany-led Central Europe, the neo-Nazism gains ground while only Russia insists on antifascism and (pan-)Slavism?....  Read more
romania14Claudiu-Nicolae Sonda
(Postgraduate student in the M.A. Program - the International and European Relations-in the Linkoping University, Sweden)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 15 October 2014


In this short paper we will put into context the Romanian perspective on the wider Black sea region. First of all, we will try to define and understand what is the wider Black Sea region, who are the states which form it, and what sort of cooperation projects are taking place around this area of the globe. This step is elementary in setting the background on which any further analysis could be developed.....  Read more

competitive1Stathis Katopodis, M.A.
(RIEAS Research Associate)

Nikos Vassiliadis
(M.Sc. Candidate at Grenoble Ecole de Management, France)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr),Publication Date: 27 August 2014)

This paper is focused on adapting the concept of Competitive Intelligence (CI) on governmental level. More particularly, in the case of Greece and the lessons that can be learned from the global state "competition" on the entrepreneurship sector in order to boost the country's challenged economy. We live in a world of constant changes, the global economic environment, commerce and technological innovations shift the trends of competition day after day. However, states are forced to compete in an ever ending competition that tips the scales of the regional and global balances of power... Read more

Ia Pozovi
(RIEAS Senior Analyst)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 27/07/2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was the most multi-ethnic and multi-faith republic of former Yugoslavia, where three main ethnic groups – Bosnian Muslims (or Bosniaks), Croats and Serbs used to live next to each other peacefully during the centuries; this is why BiH was rightly described as the ‘Yugoslavia in miniature.’ .... Read more

Peny Sotiropoulou
(Master's student in the MSc of Ethnicity and Multiculturalism in the Department of Sociology of the University of Bristol, UK)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr), Publication Date on 19 July 2014


Prof. Anis Bajrektarevic famously claimed that “…the conglomerate of nation-states/EU has silently handed over one of its most important debates – that of European identity – to the wing-parties, recently followed by the several selective and contra-productive foreign policy actions.” Elaborating on these actions he went further as to claim that: “…sort of Islam Europe supported in the Middle East yesterday, is the sort of Islam that Europe hosts today. (…) and “…that Islam in Turkey (or in Kirgizstan and in Indonesia) is broad, liberal and tolerant while the one in Northern Europe is a brutally dismissive and assertive.”...Read more

Alexandros Niklan
(Security Consultant/CEO, IISCA group)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) (Publication Date: 31 May 2014)

On March of 2011, many believed that this was indeed the “fat’s lady song” on terrorism in Greece. A simple camera device and a long, in duration, surveillance and forensics data analysis, resulted to the arrest of multiple core members, of the terrorist group Fire Nuclei Conspiracy which was thought as the continuous stage of former group 17N [ ]. But facts since then changed and lead now to a different direction.... Read more


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