Author Archives: Vasilis

About Vasilis

I am an econometrician and I am interested in contemporary issues in economics and politics, as well as history, related to Europe with emphasis to Greece. You can follow me at https://vasilissarafidis.wordpress.com/

Presentation at the Victorian Sister Cities Forum

I had the pleasure and the honour to participate as a keynote speaker at a forum dealing with developing and improving the networking of local governments in Victoria with foreign cities. The event took place on July 18 at the … Continue reading

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Ναι στο “Βόρεια Μακεδονία”

Δημοσιεύτηκε στην ηλεκτρονική έκδοση της Καθημερινής στις 19 Ιουνίου, 2018. ΠΕΡΙΛΗΨΗ Ο συμβιβασμός με την πΓΔΜ, παρότι προβλέπει υποχωρήσεις στα θέματα εθνότητας και γλώσσας, στην πραγματικότητα πρόκειται να βελτιώσει σε ουσιαστικό βαθμό το δυσμενές στάτους κβο που έχει διαμορφωθεί τις … Continue reading

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Yes to “North Macedonia”

          It appeared in print and on the online version of Kathimerini on June 20, 2018. SUMMARY The present compromise with FYROM, while making concessions on issues relating to ethnicity and language, is likely to improve substantially the existing … Continue reading

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Why a name deal with FYROM must be erga omnes

It appeared in print and on the online version of Kathimerini on May 16, 2018. SUMMARY The terms “Macedonia” and “Macedonian” have de facto come to refer mostly to (people from) FYROM. The reason is that national identities tend to supersede … Continue reading

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How to achieve a viable solution between Greece and FYROM

SUMMARY The only viable, long-term solution to the name issue is a compromise that (i) sufficiently differentiates between the two peoples, (ii) respects the fact that each side claims a Macedonian identity, but should not monopolize it, and (iii) has … Continue reading

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