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Strauss-Kahn in Athens: Ce que vous dites, Monsieur Le Governeur

IMF Executive Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn must have said terrible things during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. From what I read and hear, Greek commentators and bloggers were not happy at all to see Mr. IMF appear like an patronizing Grand Maestro in front of an orchestra …

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ALDI Hellas:Final Count-Down for German discounter in Greece

ALDI Hellas workers are preparing to spend “Black Christmas”  as the German discount supermarket chain ALDI Süd will have put locks to the last six operating stores in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, by next Saturday, December 11, 2010. The rest 32 of the total 38 outlets nationwide have already been closed  making hundreds of employees …

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Athens Protests: What’s in the mind of the Riot Dog? (picts, video)

I had been watching the pictures of yesterday’s riots in Athens and there he was again! The Riot Dog! The dog that became international media’s darling last May. Yes! He was there again yesterday, jumping around on the very front line between the angry protesters and the heavy armed riot police.         A …

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Trade Unions prepare hot welcome to IMF Chief in Athens

IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be starting  his two-days visit to Athens today under the massive protests of  Greek opponents of the IMF/EU-Greece bailout Memorandum. While Strauss-Kahn will be holding meeting with Prime Minister George Papandreou, President Karolos Papoulias and main opposition leader Antonis Samaras, trade unions of public and private …

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Greek banks on 3h work stoppage, Dec 8

Talking about strikes…. The banks will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 8, 2010  from 12:00 to 15:00 as Bank Employees’ Trade Union (OTOE) will go over to a work stoppage. OTOE is seeking to end attacks on collective bargaining and employees’ rights. After Piraeus Bank sabbatical years plans  and Agricultural Bank’s …

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Athens Strike: The return of garbage mountains

Athens municipality workers responsible for the collection of garbage and trash have started a new so-called “warning” 48h strike today. Better decorate your apartment, balcony and yard with nice Christmas trash bags than taking your rotten garbage to the streets. Workers seek a solution to the problem of 1,000 temporary …

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Greece’s repayment extension to be decided in January – Terms & Preconditions

The decision on the extension of  Greece’s loan repayment is scheduled to be taken in January 2011. It will be needed to be approved by the European Council and then voted by the parliaments of some EU member countries. Although the Greek  issue was not taken up  in detail on …

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Missing a Greek Strike? Watch out for Dec 8, 2010 – No public transport

All public transportation means will remain parked tomorrow Wednesday, December 8, 2010 as trade unions go on a 24h strike. There will be no blue buses, tram, trolley, metro, urban train HSAP, proastiakos, and trains of  TRAINOSE. Trade unionists protest government plans to restructure the deficit-bringing state-run enterprises. If you …

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