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About Evangelos Venizelos’s, former deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, former Minister of Foreign Affairs book Ekdoches Polemou 2009-2022 (War Versions of War 2009-2022 ), published by PATAKIS, July 2022


The EU’s reaction to the pandemic’s financial impact and to the impact of the energy crisis and the wave of inflation today owes a lot to the 2010 – 2019 economic crisis that broke out in four mainly countries members of the Eurozone, but had the greatest intensity and duration in Greece. 

The Greek economic crisis experience that covered almost the entire previous decade, functioned as a laboratory within which new institutions, new mechanisms, new practices regarding the Eurozone’s economic governance were formed. Greece paid an enormous price – political, social, economic. Europe displayed its solidarity to Greece, but very often its severity, too, as it was reacting in an embarrassed and contradictory manner, resulting in being sometimes insightful and at other times short-sighted. Overall, though, the Greek economic crisis management was a success and, above all, a laboratory, within which the EU sharpened its ability to react vis-à-vis crises.  

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Friday, 24 June 2022


Post by Evangelos Venizelos


History as a woman - Can the unthinkable decision on abortions save American democracy and work as a catalyst for the war in Ukraine?


On 4.5.2022, on the occasion of the leak of the draft of the US Supreme Court decision on abortions, I had written a comment*. Unfortunately, the draft was accurate and was officially published today as a decision.

This is a historical reversal. A tragic regression that will further divide the already divided American society and will have a catalytic effect on political developments in American democracy. There is the chance that -at a great cost to rights protection- the decision might ultimately affect the political orientation of the US in a positive manner. An interesting heterogeneity of purposes may occur.

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 Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy, Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe

Georgioupolis, Chania, Crete, 16.5.2022


Evangelos Venizelos, 


The asymmetries of European security and the need for a renewed multilateralism after the war in Ukraine


1. European security is governed by deep historical asymmetries. The new challenges associated with the Russian military invasion and the war in Ukraine highlight the asymmetries that can no longer be hidden behind a rhetoric that embellishes problems and postpones difficult decisions. 

Already since the last phase of WWI, during the President Wilson era, European security has become a common Euro-American problem. The participation of the USA and the so-called new world in general in the great European war became necessary in order for it to come to an end with the defeat of the so-called Central Powers.

American involvement was necessary for the defeat of Nazism in WWII. During the long period of the Cold War, the American presence in Europe was a basic condition for nuclear balance and therefore security.

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May, 3 2022


Evangelos Venizelos*


The Ukrainian Church of shelters and catacombs, the geopolitics of Eastern Orthodoxy


In the wake of the Russian attack and the war in Ukraine, the arguments heard in 2018-2019 regarding the granting of autocephaly [independence from the Moscow Patriarchate] to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine came to the surface once more, mainly due to a speech by Vladimir Putin.

In this speech, the justification for the war, from the Russian vantage point, was provided.

The questioning of Ukraine’s ecclesiastical identity is linked to the questioning of the country’s national identity, its national language and its national sovereignty. 

The Russian side does not recognise any of these. The theory of diminished sovereignty is also connected to the non-recognition of an autocephalous Church, as is the case with all other national autocephalous Churches.


Article by Evangelos Venizelos in [8.3.2022]


The Nuclear Threat and the Limits of European Defence Policy


The European Union has suffered two major shocks over the last two and a half years; the coronavirus pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These two extreme developments have forced the Union to mobilise and sharpen its reflexes. The preparation was made during the decade of the economic crisis - mainly in the ‘workshop’ that is Greece- in order to gradually develop the ability to react to crises. For decades, the EU believed that we had witnessed the end of History and that everything could have operated “under normal conditions of temperature and pressure”.

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December 16, 2021


Evangelos Venizelos

Verfassungsblog | On Matters Constitutional


The Conference on the Future of Europe as an Institutional Illusion


The Conference on the Future of Europe is currently underway on the basis of the joint Declaration of 10 March 2021. On 10 – 12 December, 200 citizens gathered on campus in Florence and online to discuss topical issues such as protecting democracy and the rule of law, European values and identity. The European University Institute has been selected as one of the four host institutions for the „European Citizens’ Panels“ in the framework of the Conference. Nine months after the Joint Declaration there is ample evidence from the Conference that allows us to assess this institutional event. The Conference might best be described as a campaign to stimulate public interest for EU politics.

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January 21, 2022


Evangelos Venizelos 

Article published in Kathimerini   


EastMed and the new circumstances


In May 2020, the Greek Parliament ratified (Law 4687/2020), by a broad majority, the intergovernmental agreement of Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Italy on a gas transportation system from the Eastern Mediterranean to European markets, the EastMed pipeline. Surprisingly, only the first three countries signed the agreement. Italy’s name remained in the document, but the signature was not added. It simply stated its support for the project in a letter. 

At the same time, many people were confusing the EastMed pipeline with the EastMed Act (Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019), introduced in the US Senate by Senators Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio, or with the international organization EastMed Gas Forum, which includes eight (at the current moment) actors of the region. 

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January 2, 2022


Evangelos Venizelos 

Article published in Kathimerini 


A recontextualization risk for Greek-Turkish relations


Greek-Turkish relations, as well as the Cyprus question, might be under a recontextualization risk in 2022. Such a recontextualization will perhaps entail their submission to developments that will take place in the sphere of relations between the US – and consequently the West in general (if we accept that the West is a strategic entity) – and Turkey.

Even this difficult relationship between NATO member-states will be fundamentally affected by the curve drawn by relations with the US and the EU on the one hand and the Russian Federation on the other, mainly due to developments in Ukraine. Obviously, the strategic positioning that the US and China are pursuing in their relations with each other are placed in the background of all this. In this dipole, the US would obviously want a friendly or at least a neutral Russia.

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November 16, 2021


Evangelos Venizelos 

Article published in Kathimerini 

An enforced Prespes deal is in Greece’s interest 


With the Prespes agreement, Greece secured the immediate change of the international name of its northern neighbor to “North Macedonia” (a compound name with a geographical qualifier). This was, to a large extent, in agreement with the widely accepted Greek national line. This arrangement was also introduced into the internal legal order of the neighboring country through the revision of its constitution. However, the domestic use of this compound name, according to the agreement, will be gradually extended in line with the pace of North Macedonia’s accession negotiations with the European Union. Therefore, it depends on the evolution of a process that is under the political control of the EU member-states and not the parties of the Prespes agreement.

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September 23, 2021


Evangelos Venizelos 

Article published in Kathimerini 


A wiser Angela Merkel


The 2009-19 Greek adventure seemed to have a special place in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s farewell reflection. Quite reasonably so. The crisis, or more precisely the difficult management of the consequences of the crisis that had been incubating for decades before becoming unmanageable in 2009, coincided with about two-thirds of Angela Merkel’s total term of office at Germany’s helm and, de facto, that of the European Union.

Moreover, Merkel experienced the whole Greek affair from beginning to end. She was in office during the same time as all the Greek prime ministers of the 2005-21 period. She obviously remembers the discussions on the fiscal and macroeconomic data of the 2005-09 period and the initial pan-European measures of 2008 that were taken under the illusion that the entirety of the eurozone member-states could avoid the vicious cycle that transformed the financial crisis into a fiscal crisis and vice versa. In a period spanning less than two years, this proved to be a false hope, unfortunately.

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