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May

Clean Beaches: With 430 Blue Flags Greece earns 4rd place in EU: 1st is … Luxembourg!

Posted by in Tourism

Greece has earned the fourth place in Europe with regards to the quality of its bathing waters. According to data published by the European Environment Agency,  97.2% of areas inspected were deemed to be outstanding. The EEA also announced that the country was positioned third worldwide in terms of Blue […]





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26
May

Grave of Aristotle found in his birthplace in Northern Greece

Posted by in Culture

The grave of famous Greek philosopher of the Antique, Aristotle, has been reportedly found in the ancient city of Stagira, now Olympiada in Chalkidiki in Northern Greece. According to archeologist Kostas Sismanides, there are “very strong indications which lead to certainty” that the grave belonged to the famous philosopher and […]





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26
May

Putin criticizes EU & EC, one day before his visit to Greece

Posted by in Politics

One day before his visit to Greece, Russian President Vladimir Putin shared his thoughts about Greek-Russian relations and sharply criticized Europe and the European Commission. In an open letter sent to daily Kathimerini, Putin also expressed strong interest in Privatizations, especially in TRAINOSE and the Port of Thessaloniki. Hailing Greece […]





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25
May

Imminent intervention? Greece, Italy & Malta close their airspace for aircraft departing from Libya

Posted by in Politics

Weird things are happening in the Mediterranean Sea. Almost simultaneously three countries in the Mediterranean have closed their airspace and territories for aircraft departing from Libya. The exceptions are very few and could hind on the transport of military and evacuees. At the same time, three NATO exercises are taking […]





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25
May

IMF admits it had to reach a compromise at Eurogroup to “save” Greece

Posted by in Economy

Did they agree or not? The International Monetary Fund and the Eurogroup? Rather not. Or even better: They compromised and agreed to push the problem in the future. Washington correspondent of Greek state broadcaster ERT, Lena Argiri, spoke with an IMF official who said “key problem yesterday was that EU […]





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25
May

Idomeni evacuation in slow pace as many reluctant to move to new camps

Posted by in Very Mix

Evacuation of Idomeni continues also on Wednesday although in slower pace than on Tuesday, the first day of the massive operation to have 8,500 refugees and migrants transferred to organized camps.   From idomeni to Sindos camp – via @Antolalto  Police tries to convince more and more people to leave […]





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25
May

UPD Greece’s public sector: Education Ministry plans exams to “legalize” 2,500 fake high-school certificates

Posted by in Society

Sometimes I really fail to understand the logic of this government. Greek Education Ministry plans to “legalize” 2,500 fake high-school degrees obtained by civil servants. “we have looked into the issue and have found them [2,500 fake school degrees],” a “source” told  Avgi, a daily close to SYRIZA. The source […]





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25
May

Eurogroup on Greece: a carrot for a bunch of sticks

Posted by in Economy

The marathon negotiations in Brussels ended at 3 o’ clock in the morning. The Eurogroup finance ministers but in fact Germany and the International Monetary Fund agreed to give a carrot to Greece yet keep waving a bunch of sticks for as long as it takes. At first stage, lenders […]





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24
May

DefMin Kammenos calls VAT hikes as “criminal” & “unconstitutional”; he voted for them on Sunday

Posted by in Politics

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos lamented Value Added Tax hikes for six islands. He described the hikes as “criminal” and “unconstitutional” and claimed that he was about to resign exactly for this austerity measure. “The VAT hike on the islands is a criminal act, an unconstitutional decision for which we gave […]





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24
May

Erdogan tells EU: Turkey’s Parliament will block EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel

Posted by in Politics

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it very clear to EU and his – rather former – friend German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Turkey’s Parliament would block the EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel, the famous EU Turkey Deal that was supposed to stem the flow of refugees and migrants […]





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24
May

Eurogroup plays the usual pretty dirty games with Greece

Posted by in Economy

The Eurogroup started an hour later than scheduled probably because each and every Eurozone Finance Minister make a long statement at the doorstep. Before Greece’s lenders seal the closure of Program Review and decide on the release of the bailout tranche of €10.3 billion – as Greek state media report […]





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24
May

Correction! Workers at Athens Public Transport & Ports on strike May 26/2016 (see schedule)

Posted by in Society

Workers at metro, tram, urban train ISAP, buses and trolley buses will launch work stoppages on Thursday, May 26th 2016. Metro, Tram, Urban train will not operate between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m Buses, Trolley buses will not operate between 11 am and 5 p.m. The work stoppage aims to […]





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24
May

Evacuation of Idomeni camp: aerial video of police operation

Posted by in Very Mix

Greek police released footage of the refugees and migrants evacuation from Idomeni camp. The footage was shot by police helicopters that have been monitoring the operation since Tuesday morning. Evacuation of 8,119 refugees and migrants started short after 6 a.m. on Tuesday. According to authorities schedule a total of 2,000 […]





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24
May

Another crucial Eurogroup: Schaeuble wants to block the release of bailout tranche?

Posted by in Economy

Just a couple of hours before the crucial – another crucial – Eurogroup meeting on Greece and – as usual –  scaremongering- and pressure scenarios mingle with reality. for example: While the Euro Working Group that prepares the Eurogroup meetings reportedly decided to propose to Eurogroup the disbursement of €10.3 […]





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24
May

Idomeni Camp: Evacuation of 8,199 refuges & migrants started

Posted by in Very Mix

All eyes are on Idomeni camp this morning, where the evacuation started in the morning. Buses keep coming empty and leave the area full with people, taking them to organized facilities. The first buses take the people in the broader area of Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece. With the help of […]





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23
May

Austria narrowly escapes a far-right President #phew

Posted by in Uncategorized

European Union member-state Austria narrowly escaped a far-right president: independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria’s presidential election, preventing Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU’s first far-right head of state. A thriller of voting results on Sunday had Hofer leading narrowly the race with 51.9% and 48.1% for […]





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23
May

Greece’s highest judge speaks of “methods to intimidate judges dealing with corruption cases”

Posted by in Politics

Greece’s highest judge, the President of  Supreme Court, Vasiliki Thanou denounced methods to smear and intimidate judges by people involved in corruption cases. Speaking at an event at the National School for Judges, Thanou said that judges dealing with cases of corruption are exposed to intimidation. “These methods do not […]





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23
May

Chania: Protesters hinder German neo-nazi NPD to lay wreath in WWII cemetery

Posted by in Politics

Members of far-right ultranationalist “National Democratic Party of Germany” (NPD) attempted to lay a wreath at the WWII German cemetery in Chania on the island of Crete. The NPD group went to the cemetery on Sunday, just two days after the anniversary of the historic Battle of Crete, when Nazi […]





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23
May

Ten riot police squads deployed to Idomeni refugee camp, evacuation to start on Tuesday

Posted by in Politics

Ten riot police squads left Athens this morning and are expected to take position at the refugees camp of Idomeni that will be evacuated from the 8.500 men, women and children living there since last February. Other police forces from Northern Greece will be deployed in the area for “as […]





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23
May

SYRIZA MP resigns after omnibus bill voting

Posted by in Politics

SYRIZA MP Vasiliki Katrivanou resigned just a couple of hours after she voted YES to the omnibus bill but NO to the Privatization Fund and IMF’s contingency measures. There was reportedly pressure by other SYRIZA lawmakers that she resigns, as the party could not afford to expel her due to […]





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