George N. Tzogopoulos Dr George N Tzogopoulos is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE), Advisor on EU-China Relations as well as Lecturer at the European Institute of Nice and the Democritus University of Thrace. He is also Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and coordinator of its Asian Studies Programme. George is the founder of, an institutional partner of CRI Greek. His first book: US Foreign Policy in the European Media: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism was published by IB TAURIS and his second one: The Greek Crisis in the Media: Stereotyping in the International Press by Ashgate.

Op-Ed Blog

China, France to play bigger global role after Macron visit

What is new and deserves particular attention is the straightforward French support for the Belt and Road Initiative. This clarification is promising as the EU has recently been skeptical on Chinese investments in Europe.

Optimism for the North Korean crisis?

The coming of 2018 has brought a positive surprise on the North Korean crisis. The North and the South are sending positive messages to each other. They include the reopening of the Panmunjom hotline.

2018 another year of ‘New Normal’ realization

The policy of reforms is a fundamental principle of success. Governmental supervision when required in parallel with the introduction of market elements are creating a sound economic environment. 

Sino-European relations after the Budapest ‘16+1’summit

China and the EU are certainly disagreeing on the former’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the Balkans. The new protectionism frame introduced by the European Commission could further perplex the situation.

Preview of Trump’s China visit

Xi and Trump are frequently holding telephone conversations and have already met two times. The first was last April in Mar-a-Lago and the second last July in Hamburg, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. Their third meeting in Beijing will certainly be significant as it will take place after rounds of institutional dialogues have begun. 

The Chinese Dream Revisited

The task of the President of China is hard. At the domestic level, the elimination of poverty remains his highest priority. From 1978 to 2016, approximately730 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty.