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terrorbrusselsTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 22 March 2016

Invoking history is fashionable these days in Europe. That is fine. The only problem though is that this invoking the past is done in the wrong context and for the wrong reasons.
From Mrs. Merkel's standpoint, for example, history is (or, was until her recent electoral fiasco) the justification for allowing Moslem illegal immigration to breach borders and invade Europe's heart in the summer of 2015...Read more

turkeydebates16(And the trembling Europeans)

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 13 March 2016

Tayyip Erdogan, the rising Islamic despot of Turkey, isn't a man to be dissuaded by the usual tricks of politics. Attacking all those who oppose him with blind fury, he has set a new measure of brewing totalitarianism in Turkey's violent history. His most recent brutality against Zaman, Turkey's largest circulation daily, has added to the growing Western unease about the "model Muslim democracy" that was touted for decades as the best thing that happened to the Islamic world since the coming of the Prophet (peace be unto him)...Read more

war39Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

"When you chop wood, the splinters fly" (Czech expression)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 27 February 2016

In the last few days, the Moslem invasion of Europe is dismantling Greece and revealing the stark nakedness of a fragmented, fearful, unstable, and impotent European dis-Union (EdU).
For those who haven't noticed yet, war has erupted and Europe, in time-tested manner, has begun collapsing in a way similar to the good ole 1930s. The EdU appears now destined to have the fate of the Atlantic Charter....Read more

kastelorizocoast16(Or how to enjoy a splendid little enemy invasion by proxy)

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 21 February 2016

Kastellorizo (also, Megisti) is Greece's easternmost island. Measuring a mere five square miles, Megisti is the smallest of the Greek Dodecanese islands. Megisti has the bad geographical luck of lying one short mile from the Anatolian coast and the Turkish coastal town of Kaş. Kastellorizo has approximately 250 permanent inhabitants, a population that increases by a few added hundred during the summer tourist season. It is often quoted as the little forgotten corner of Greece....Read more

omne16(Everything that comes in threes is perfect)

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 14 February 2016

The essence of this old Latin rule is associated with perfection and satisfaction, but the expression is often used in a darker context: calamities, too, can come in threes, one compounding the other.
Since 2010, Greece has had enough of perfect such threes, for example, bailouts, memoranda, and ruinous "help" from the tottering EU; and public denigration by "partners," threats from the IMF and other such august entities, and backroom plans for a Grexit...Read more

rustur16Q & A

Tassos Symeonides

(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 7 February 2016

Turkey and Russia are involved in a tit-for-tat over alleged air space violations as they both continue to immerse themselves in the war in Syria. What is going on?
Turkey, long accustomed to often hypocritical support from the West, is indeed playing with fire and appears willing to cross into territory that has been off-limits since 1945— viz. initiating an open challenge of Russia. The Syrian war offers the perfect battlefield for such dangerous Turkish antics which, so far, both NATO and Europe more than tolerate. Turkish claims of air space violations by Russian warplanes are far from convincing and Western intelligence is well aware of the facts. As one recent report, focusing on the shooting down of a Russian bomber by a Turkish fighter on November 24, 2015, explained: "Turkey claimed that it was responding to the Russian plane entering its airspace for 17 seconds, but the Turkish fighters made every effort to conceal themselves by flying at low altitude, and they appear to have been on a special mission to destroy the Russian aircraft."...Read more

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