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Γιατί η πατρίδα είναι μία

In this debate with George Ekonomakis of Patras University over the Greek-Turkish crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean, Vassilis argues that the concept of “homeland” pertains to an ontological-historical unity and criticises Ekonomakis that, drawing from Lenin, sees “two homelands”, that of labour and that of capital. Μια απάντηση στο Γιώργο Οικονομάκη (και στο ΚΚΕ) Στο

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Corona Crisis: There Is No Alternative (TINA) – to Socialism, this Time

We don’t get fooled again. Once more the political class is trying to rescue corporations at the expense of the 99%. Where yesterday there was no money for social policy, today there are trillions for corporations that have created an economic and environmental dystopia. Vassilis K. Fouskas is professor of international relations at the University

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Crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean: hybrid warfare, the Balkans and the Near East

Has Turkey weaponized the refugees in a hybrid warfare against a hypocritical Europe and NATO, while Russia is the real winner in Syria? A conversation. Biljana Vankovska(BV): Do the Balkan states possess potential for a joint response to the migrant crisis, having in mind their mutual differences over a range of issues? Vassilis K. Fouskas:

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Задржување на бегалските бранови и етничка гетоизација на регионот – тоа е европскиот модел за Балканот

My interview (in Macedonian) with Biljana Vankovska in North Macedonia’s popular daily, Nova Makedonija (This interview in one of North Macedonia’s largest dailies gives a fresh assessment of the situation in Syria and the Near East and reads the behaviours of Russia, Turkey and Iran as a result of the relative decline of the USA

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Trump’s bankrupt Syria policy: civilians will pay the price

Trump’s decision confirms the decline of US power in the Middle East and globally The Trump administration decision to allow Turkey to have a free ride in Rojava, North-East Syria opens the door for new disasters for all, especially the civilians on the ground. More, it confirms the decline of US power in the Middle

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A no-deal Brexit won’t end the uncertainty for business

It’s very difficult to say what’s going to happen with Brexit right now. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has said he’d rather “die in a ditch” than ask for a Brexit delay. Yet that’s what MPs are pushing for him to do. And now parliament is suspended for five weeks. For businesses, this uncertainty over

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Greece: July 8

July 7, the date of the national elections in Greece, has come and gone. But July 8 will not bring happiness to any systemic party. It will only bring anxiety, perplexity and fear. A couple of weeks ago, Greece’s statistical services, ELSTAT, published some interesting data comparing and contrasting the periods of austerity between 2015-18

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Against a second Brexit referendum

The British people, failed by their natural representative, the Labour Party, opted for the nationalist radicalism of Farage’s UKIP. Thus, the demagogues won. But not those who voted for them. Nothing can be more wrong for Britain, the British people and Europe than a second referendum between “Remain in the EU vs. a Canadian-style free

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The US-Turkey stand-off in context: the US and the weaponisation of global finance

The US, a declining superpower, is trying to use the power of the dollar as a weapon to punish Turkey and other disobedient actors in the international system. Mainstream pundits and media commentators see the crisis in US-Turkey relations and the collapse of the Turkish currency as a result of Turkey’s refusal to hand over

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What’s in a name: the Macedonian question and the social question

The Macedonian Question will be there for many years to come, easily manipulated by both imperialisms and nationalisms of all kinds. The accord crafted between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) resolving the name dispute has an energising social potential. It potentially undermines nationalisms in the Southern Balkans, while at the same

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