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migreece16Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 24 January 2016

Way before it was fashionable for the sensationalist media, not to mention the arcane, isolated mandarins in Brussels, to focus on illegal, overwhelmingly Moslem, immigration as the security threat of the future, we put it thus in October 2008:

The uncontrolled flow of illegal immigrants into Greece has emerged as the primary strategic challenge this country faces in a regional environment that remains unsettled. Greek policymakers need to address this challenge urgently –- not with rushed plans to legalize all comers and not with words flying without deeds. Greece must begin a concerted effort to promote collective EU immigration rules, bring EU resources to bear on the defense of its borders, and impress upon conduit countries, like Turkey, that pushing illegal immigrants into Greece will be treated not in a "spirit of negotiation."...Read more

politics101Tassos Symeonides
(Author, Political Analyst) 
 
 
Copyright @ 2016 Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 17 January 2016
 
The history of post-1974 Greece is replete with miracle makers of various calibers and personal temperament. All of them emerged from the fantasies of the electorate, with always the proverbial little help from the media and the targets of media barons.

The lingering result of so many miracle makers is visible by the naked eye: Greece lies devastated on the edge of Tartarus.

The rise of Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the leadership of the New Democracy party carries all the hallmarks of yet another hatching of a miracle maker. His most prominent hope, we suspect, would be to avoid the fate of his predecessor miracle worker, Mr. Samaras, who disintegrated upon re-entry into Greece’s atmosphere of political realities....Read more
 

newyear2016Tassos Symeonides (PhD)
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright 2016 @ Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 January 2016

In 2010, Greece went officially bankrupt. The EU/IMF bailout pantomime that followed, exclusively aiming to save the creditors and sink the country, is now established as the "normal" state of Greek affairs.
Greece is caught in a nasty spiral of dictatorial creditor demands, growing loss of sovereignty, expanding social crisis, and an economy that sees no way other than down....Read more

radicalism72Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 27 December 2015

The Paris massacre and the invasion of Muslim illegal immigration into Europe have driven the European Union to the edge of a disintegration crisis. Responses to this unprecedented confluence of events have been lukewarm, uncoordinated, and by all accounts, ineffective. The invasion is now only tempered by changing weather. As of this moment, there is no "common" policy for tackling the crisis simply because there is no consensus among EU members... Read more

paris15Tassos Symeonides (PhD)
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can
Gaius Julius Caesar

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 13 December 2015

The Paris outrage has stunned the West. Disbelief is mixed with anger. Anger is justified. Disbelief is not.
Ever since 9/11, the West has waged a two-pronged war: one against Islamic terrorism, the other against itself.
Fighting the Islamist fanatics bent on death and destruction is far easier, it turns out, than competing with those inside the gates, who find any form of aggressive defense "a breach of human rights."..Read more

gtazlogoAn Overview

Copyright: https://www.verfassungsschutz.de/en - Publication at RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) on 6 December 2015

The GTAZ (Joint Counter-Terrorism Centre) set up in Berlin in late 2004 is not an autonomous authority but a joint co-operation and communication platform used by 40 internal security agencies. Its founding did not require a new legal basis, because no agency was given additional competences or had to share sovereignty. Instead, each of the agencies involved takes its measures on its own authority and within the framework of the prevailing laws. Due to its organisational structure, the GTAZ has no director, but representatives of the following agencies co-operate on an equal footing: Read more

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