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The American point of view of Turkey’s Foreign Policy under AKP

I am overwhelmed by the thousands leaked secret diplomatic cables posted on internet. Cables that apart from juicy (Gaddafi’s blond nurse), funny (“Teflon” Merkel ) and definitely offending characterizations for some political leaders and allies to USA , they show one more thing: How obssessive the US Diplomacy is on collecting gathering information. I mean, …

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Padoa-Schioppa:The long and winding road of Greek economy

Ten to fifteen years of  austerity  lie ahead of Greece , Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa predicted for the Greek economy stressing that rebuilding trust in the Greek economy will be a long process that will last further than 2013. Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa is banker, economist, Italy’s former Minister for Economy and Finance (2006-2008) and former …

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Greek Seamen suspend Strike – Nov 30

Greek Seamen suspended their strike after government ordered them to return back to work. Ferry boats and ships have started their engines as of six o’clock this morning. The strike that lasted one week has caused dramatic shortages on the islands.

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Minister: One in five Greeks live below the poverty line

“One in five Greeks live below the poverty line,” said Greek Labour Minister Louka Katseli opening the works of the conference “Together against Poverty” , a conference held in the framework of  the “European Year for Fighting Poverty. ” The poverty threshold is estimated at EUR 6,000 annual income per person and  …

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Greek FinMin: Greece’s loan repayment extension roadmap

Greek finance minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou is confident that Greece will get seven years extension to repay all loans and a four years grace period. Speaking to journalists Papaconstantinou earlier on Monday said that: “We will be given a grace period of four years and then seven years to repay all …

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Turkey blames Cypriots for hampering the country’s EU accession.

Ankara blames France, Austria and Cyprus for hampering Turkey’s EU accession. According to news portal in.gr quoting the leaked  diplomatic  dispatches from wikileaks, Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu said so to William Burns, US Undersecretary of State during a meeting on February 25, 2010. Sinirlioglu blames the Greek Cypriots …

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Facts and upcoming posts about Greece, Nov 29

There are quite some news from Greece today and I can’t make up my mind which one to pick first and  start posting. That’s why I start with a summary of “Facts and Factors ‘ and news I am going to post more or less during the day – of …

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Actor Giorgos Fountas passed away

The Alpha male of the Greek cinema has passed away at the age of 86. Actor  Giorgos Fountas was the perfect epidomization  of  the tough guy, kind of creep and mostly slangy yet with a weird sense for social justice. Passionate but yet unlucky! In the many roles he played he would …

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Bellini’s Norma in Greek Television – Sunday, Nov 28

For the first time in Greek State Television an opera performed at the Herodeion Theatre will be broadcasted tonight and delight million fans of one of the most famous operas over the centuries.  Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma” was performed last summer in antic Herodeion  Attikou theatre in Athens by a brilliant casting under the …

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Athens: Umebayashi’s Music & Master Class, Dec 4-5

Outstanding event with a unique composer! The star of  Shigeru Umebayashi will shine for the first time in Athens and embrace us with his  fascinating music next weekend. Shigeru Umebayashi, aka Ume, a  film composer from Japan has become famous worldwide with his soundtrack for the films “2046” and  “In the Mood …

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Ex German Minister blames Karamanlis for Greek crisis

Ex Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis (2004-2009) is to blame for the Greek crisis, says former German Minister Hans Eichel, the Finance Minister who signed Greece’s accession to Euro in the year 2000. In an interview to Greek newspaper TO VIMA, Sunday edition, former German Finance Minister Hans Eichel says that “Nobody tricked …

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Greece Alert: Sailors extend strike for another 48 hours!

Greek sailors extend their strike for another 48 hours! No ships will sail until November 30, 2010, six o’ clock in the morning! Ferrby boats between Greece-italy are not affected! Strong reactions from agricultural products producers on the islands.

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Olive Oil Festival in Athens: Fans, Hurry up! Nov 27

There is a small Fresh Olive Oil Festival tomorrow, Saturday, in Athens, in Kerameikos. Don’t know where it is? Check in your map. It’s really worth it! This years’ olives have been collected and fresh oil has come out from the mills! Five passionate olive growers and oil makers , …

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Greek PM Papandreou: Co-exploitation in the Aegean Sea is Out of Question

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou set very clear political lines concerning a possible co-exploitation of the Aegean Sea with Turkey. “There is no question of pooling energy resources together with Turkey in the Aegean Sea”, said he said speaking at  the Greek parliament. Mr. Papandreou stressed that there can not be …

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Where is the Swine Flu? Greece has still 2.2 million vaccines…

Last year we were in panic!  Health authorities were counting ‘victims’, schools were closing one after the other and Greece was kept ordering vaccines. ” One year after the pandemic hysteria, the swine flue has forgotten us and one million doses of vaccines have expired before being used”, writes Greek newspaper TO …

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Greek Civil Servants: “Smarties” get two salaries per month

That has been a “fine” state in a state of  fiscal confusion. Yeap! I am talking aboutGreece, a barrel with no bottom and control. 65 civil servants were found to have been receiving two salaries from two different institutions! Month in, month out they were receiving two salaries and thus twice  …

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Fur Free Friday Actions in Greece – today!

Worldwide Fur Free Friday is happening today in Athens and Thessaloniki! The anti-fur coalition and animal rights group organize worldwide actions to raise awareness against the use of animal furs. In Athens the anti-fur awareness campaign will take place at Syntagma Square at 6.30 p.m. There is also a gathering …

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