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Greece monitors Turkish Vessel in Northern Agea Sea – seeks Explanation

Greece says it has asked Turkey to explain the presence of a Turkish naval research vessel in the northern Aegean Sea. A Foreign Ministry statement released Wednesday says the “Cesme” hydrographic and oceanographic vessel is outside Greek waters, between Thrace and the island of Samothraki. But it says the vessel …

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National Bank of Greece denies Talks with Qatar

National Bank of Greece Says Not in Talk With Qatar June 30, 2010, 7:06 AM EDT By Christos Ziotis June 30 (Bloomberg) — National Bank of Greece SA, the country’s biggest lender, said it’s not in talks to sell a stake to the Qatar Investment Authority. The sovereign wealth fund …

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How low can you fall? Scandal in War Museum

What a scandal! The son of a conservative politician mingles with a porn actor in Athens War Museum! The actors: Makis Zagoritis: he serves his Navy military duty in War Museum, down town Athens. He is son of general secretay of main opposition party Nea Dimokratia (right), Lefteris Zagoritis Tzoulia Alexandratou: …

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Vatopedi Scandal: State to Probe 5 ex Ministers

Thumbnail – photo: http://apollonios.pblogs.gr/2008/11/367167.html Greek Parliament  voted  to hold  a preliminary judicial inquiry into the Real Estate scandal of Vatopedi Monastery and Vistonida Lake. Greek lawmakers agreed also to probe 5 former Ministers and Deputy Ministers of  right Nea Dimokratia, governing party 2004-2009. Former ministers Giorgos Voulgarakis, Theodoros Roussopoulos,  Evaggelos …

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Greeks Protest Harsh Pension & Labor Measures – Riots/Video

Dozens of masked youths have been clashing with police at a union protest in Athens during a general strike against the cash-strapped government’s planned pension and labor reforms. Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse troublemakers who threw chunks of marble smashed off a metro station entrance …

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Greece For Sale – from Guardian.com.uk

Greece puts its islands up for sale to save economy Desperate attempt to repay debts also driven by inability to find funds to develop infrastructure on islands Elena Moya guardian.co.uk, Thursday 24 June 2010 21.33 BST Greece is raising cash by selling off an area of state-owned land on Mykonos …

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Averof: How an armored cruiser becomes a ship model!

How an armored cruiser becomes a ship model…. The idea for this post came from my pal Giannis! Watching the pictures of the creation process reminded me of my brother, who used to spend endless hours on  ship modeling See the whole process of creating a ship model from a …

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Historical Orphanage to return to Ecumenical Patriachate

   Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan highlighted the further boosting of Greek-Turkish relations in talks he held with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Istanbul on Wednesday, on the sidelines of a SouthEast European Cooperation Process (SEECP) summit.    Erdogan mentioned the importance of the implementation of the agreements signed during …

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Stranded Tourists at Piraeus Port

Elderly sitting on their luggage, mothers with their children, foreign tourists on vacation, drivers delivering wares… Hundreds of travelers are stranded on the docks of Piraeus port as striking port workers prevented passengers to board ship and ferries. Dozens of port workers of PAME – Communists Trade Union – have prevented …

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Stranded in Greece? No worries! Greek tax payers will come up for room & board!

Flight canceled? Train stuck ? Cruiser off shore? ARE YOU A TOURIST STRANDED IN GREECE? NO WORRIES! Greek Tourism Minister will pay you extra room & board. But only if you are a foreign tourist! Greek tourists and tax payers seem to be excluded. Greece ‘to pay costs for stranded tourists’ – …

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The Averof-Party: Can it get Worst???

Clubbing on a Battleship? That was yesterday! Modelling on a Battleship? That’s today! Queen of Noon Time TV, Tatiana Stefanidou, managed the unmanageable! She discovered and published, of course, pictures of the  AVEROF-Party Girls, posing on the private rooms of the AVEROF Sailors! High Heels on a Sailor’s Bed? Video …

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Snitching: The Only Weapon against Tax Evasion?

Angry Greeks “snitch” to combat tax evasion! An increasing number of “snitching” cases has been recorded at the Tax Control Offices (SDOE) since beginning of the year. According to Sunday newspaper Proto Thema, from January to May 2010, some 6.000 citizens have files complaints to SDOE. In comparison to 2009, the …

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Tupperware: Eat, live …and pay double!

Every fridge’s & picnic’s darling  Tupperware catalogue arrived together with my Sunday newspapers. Their slogan reads: “We eat healthy, we live well” After a short research and product compare on internet I must add: “and pay double!” Model Modular Mates 5 pieces- set same combination of oval boxes: Prices: € 94,00 in …

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Sudden Winter Outbreak in Greek Labor Market!

I have been complaining the whole day about the heat-wave in Athens. A heat that went even higher as Greece bet Nigeria in Mundial 2010. But now, as we head towards evening, temperature drops. Not much, but enough to let me sit on a comfort chair and enjoy my plants and flowers on …

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Leo Patitsas Apology

Oh dear ! Leo Patitsas sent a letter of apology to Ministry of National Defense, I hear (TV) and read (WEB).  In the letter , the host of AVEROF-Party apologizes in case ” we did something wrong”. Why am I writing this post? Because 1) I am fed up with …

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Diaspora-Greeks: Ashamed of being Greek! ?

contributed by Blog-Fan: Thomas/USA  I am a Greek-American of the “diaspora” who can legitimately claim that I know both cultures fairly well.  In our US community, Greek-Americans are held at the highest regard. The level of respect and even admiration we enjoy in our community is more than obvious.  Before …

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15 dead Caretta-Caretta Sea Turtles washed up in Alexandroupoli

very good report from THRAKINET ( in Greek) – I made a short summary below Not one, not two but 15 dead loggerhead sea turtles (caretta-caretta) have been washed up at the beaches of Alexandroupoli, North-East Greece. Most of the lifeless bodies had injuries likely to have been caused by fishemen’s …

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Athens under attack! Heat-wave, public-transport strike & ‘smog’ take our breath away!

Athens is boiling today! 36 C in shadow, 45 C in the sun (measured in my balcony) . Dust from the Sahara turns heaven yellow Traffic jam in all major streets. This morning people left their homes for work by driving their own cars. Metro drivers are on a 48-hour strike. …

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word!

Amid the song and dance of famous “Wedding Party on a Battleship” – the AVEROF, you know… -, which became talk of the country, I forgot, or better say, I didn’t catch up with other important news and issues that affect crisis-suffering Greeks. You may have understood by now that …

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