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Papaconstantinou, Petros

Prominent Greek Journalist

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Kathimerini - Greece | 11/10/2007

'Born-again' socialists in Germany and Greece

Journalist Petros Papaconstantinou detects a blossoming of 'born-again socialists' in Europe. "A typical example is the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). After its electoral defeat and loss of votes to the Lafontaine-Gysi 'Left', the new SPD president Kurt Beck heralded in the return of a Marxist analysis of society, a war against the offshoots of globalized capitalism and a return to 'democratic socialism', burying the much-touted 'Third Way'. The contest between the reformers – advocates of the Schroeder legacy – and born-again socialists threatens a rift at the SPD Party congress in Hamburg later this month. ... The similarities with what is currently taking place in PASOK [Greek Socialist opposition] are no coincidence. George Papandreou ... is now heralding a return to socialist roots. His remorse rings true in the tight circles of PASOK, but whether the public finds him equally convincing is a different story."

Kathimerini - Greece | 01/06/2007

The Russian response to the US missile defence shield

"Washington claims that the shield is designed to defend against renegade states such as Iran and North Korea. But why would Washington persist with a controversial plan that clearly cannot neutralize the Russian arsenal ?" queries the journalist Petros Papaconstantinou. "Apart from the military advantages (the bases in Central Europe will allow Washington to spy across Russian air space as far as the Urals), there are also political reasons: It's the continuation of Donald Rumsfeld's idea of splitting Europe into old and new and dragging the continent into a new Cold War-style alliance against Russia. Another instance of collateral damage is the collapse of non-proliferation treaties, particularly after the US withdrew from the ABM Treaty [The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty] in 2002. Two decades after the end of the Cold War, the demand for disarmament remains strong."

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