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Greek PM: Think positive! Hallelujahhhhh

Just as I was thinking to consult a psychotherapist to cure me from the deep economic depression, our Prime minister George Papandreou offered me this service free of charge. Well, not exactly ‘free of charge’, if you consider how much money we pay to maintain the state apparatus and pay back …

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Letter bomb for the Director of High Security Prison in Athens

A letter bomb was sent to the Director of the high security Korydallos prison in Athens. The envelope was detected at noon time among the correspondence at the guards’ booth at the male prisoners premises. The suspicious package was neutralized by experts. Greek media report that the envelope had stamps and …

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Children of a Lesser God excluded from a school parade

Teachers in a village of Larissa refused permision to a child with down syndrome to participate at the National Day School Parade, on March 25.  In this shameful incident for the teaching community the school principal and the school trainer asked from the parents a writen statement from the child’s consulting …

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The End of the Small Village?…

I have been desperately searching for some positive, funny or even weird news to make us smile in a day like this, with lots of economy declines and rain dropping. I tell you! There is absolutely nothing! Not even the local celebrities are able to provide something worth reporting or …

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Greek Statistics: Dramatic Decrease in Consumption!

This seems to be a day with lots of economy news. Bad news. Then the recession is digging deep in our lives. It’s just that the official data confirm our daily experiences. Greek Statistics  ELSTAT released data showing a decline at double-digit rates in sales and turnovers in retail trade. …

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Greek MP’s Committee asks info about former minister with mammoth assets in bank accounts

That’s juicy! The rumors are so strong that the parliamentary committee in charge of the lawmakers assets has asked the Financial Crime Combat Unit to provide information and verify or clear the rumors. Object of investigation is a  former conservative of the conservative wing with allegedly 178,000,000 euros in bank accounts. What a …

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Survey in Private Sector: Dramatic cuts in wages & personnel for 2011

This is a dramatic development in the private sector. One in ten companies plan to cut salaries in 2011, is the result of a survey conducted by the KPMG polling company. At the same time, 4 out of 10 companies will give ‘zero’ increases and will decrease the number of …

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Greek Golden Boys: Guard earns €110K in state-run enterprise

€ I know I will make up your day with the following post! Then it answers all questions about how Greece went bankrupt and why the country’s debt is on the climbing path. And there is no way out unless radical changes and radical wages cuts take place. There is this …

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Defence Ministers from France & Norway visit anti-Libya Squadrons at Souda

Ministers of Defence from France and Norway flew to Souda Bay on the island of Crete to inspire the pilots of air fighters stationed there. State television NET reported that the ministers watched two French and two Qatari Mirage 2000 taking off to Libya. There are currently 6 F-16 from Norway and 3 …

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Greek Ombudsman: Public Administration Paralyzed

We all swear at the hour we have to contact a public service and fix an issue. We most likely get confronted with a leisurely moving civil servant who has just hung up the phone -a private phone call, it’s understood. A rude woman who pretends to check long lists with numbers. …

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Lack of revenues? Greece to collect from the Dead…

When I first read about GreekFinance Ministry plans to collect revenues from the dead, I thought it was a media exaggeration or just a FinMin official suffering a panic attack. However here comes a a Wall Street Journal report confirming the idea is not just a macabre joke or the result …

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Athens: Austerity in Public Services closes down Kindergartens

Cutting personnel is one thing, but it becomes problematic when it creates a deadlock and public services are getting hindered. Then you cannot cut the number of citizens. Severe shortages are observed in 87 kindergartens in Athens downtown after the termination of work contracts of 250 employees. However the children …

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Athens Downtown: Protest Rally, Mar 30

Teachers and Doctors are holding a protest rally in Athens downtown today. The rally starts from Omonia Square and the Athens University at 12:00-12:30 and will proceed to the Greek Parliament and Syntagma Square. You are better advices to avoid entering  the city centre by car or bus. Better use …

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Greek survey: Corruption worst than Unemployment

Corruption is Greece’s worst problem, however most Greeks see nothing wrong with paying bribes if they need do, a survey disclosed. A third of Greeks believe that corruption is the country’s biggest problem but more than half see nothing wrong in bribing a public servant if they have to. The …

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Greek Teachers on Strike, Mar 30 – Rally in Athens downtown

There were so many news today that I almost forgot that. Primary and secondary school teachers will be on 24h strike tomorow, March 30, 2011. They oppose the planned mergers of schools and the possibility of wages cuts and loss of social security and labour rights. They plan a protest …

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S&P downgrades Greece – PM lashes out against Rating agencies

Standard & Poor΄s Ratings Services said on Tuesday it lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on Greece to ΄BB-΄ from ΄BB+΄ and maintained the rating on CreditWatch with negative implications.  At the same time, the rating agency placed its ΄B΄ short-term sovereign credit rating on Greece on CreditWatch with negative …

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