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Greece-Troika Deal Stands; Fitch peaky; it’s raining…

Lots of developments happened in the last hour… The deal between Greece and the IMF/EU/ECB-troika stands after hard negotiations, high fever and alarming blood pressure. However, peaky rating agency Fitch could not but continue its poison towards ‘poor but honest Greece’ and issued a statement casting doubts about Athens ability …

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Greece’s Governing Party PASOK is Boiling over Austerity

“You are appointed and not elected!” parliamentary group spokesman of PASOK Christos Protopapas told in very angry tone Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas. The anger of Protopapas came as an answer to Droutsas’ criticism against Greek lawmakers. “They should take a parliamentary break after two legislative periods, they should not have free cars” said …

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Theodorakis & Greek Academics call People to Mass Protest, May 31

An important protest-event is taking place at 7 p.m. on Thursday outside the Athens University as academics and intellectuals are going to inform the public about the IMF Memorandum, the austerity measures and the economic crisis. With this event the organizers are aiming to “waken the society about the austerity measures …

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Hospital Doctors: No hospital entrance fee on June 1st

Patients will have Free Entrance to all public hospitals and health centres on June 1st 2011, and save the 5 euro fees. This decision has been taken by the Hospital Doctors Association (OENGE) in cooperation with citizens’ inititiative committees, federations and associations of public and private sectors. Hospital doctors oppose …

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Greek Health Ministry: No Killer Cucumbers here!

Health Ministry assures that no contaminated vegetarian product has been imported to Greece. However the country remains on alert and the Centre for Disease Control is closely monitoring the spread of the bacterium E.coli. Furthermore, the centre has sent directives to the country’s hospitals to diagnose early cases associated with …

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KTG : Explaining “Bandwidth Limit” – site down

Hardly do dare the KTG people leave their desk and go out…. TSAK!… is the site down! This has occurred already twice in the last days and it has to do with the fact that our traffic has increased. Being poor and modest we had limited-traffic package. However we noticed …

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6th Day of Mass Protests in Greece – Government’s reaction

For sixth consequent day Greek ‘indignants’ are gathering in front of the Parliament in Athens downtown. The spontaneous movement that emerged through a call on Facebook has thousands of Greeks flocking daily to Syntagma Square to express their outrage about the austerity measures and politicians go unpunished for the huge debt. …

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Mood in Greece plunges from “Bad” to “Worse”. Gap between People and Government Growing

Another tough week has started for Greece after a weekend of  heavy bombardment with EU politicians and aspiring IMF heads, economists and bankers, journalists and institute heads in Cassandras’ dresses predicting  the inevitable, i.e. that international markets have written off  ‘Greece’ and that noble methods like ‘blackmailing’ and ‘threatening’ are been excessively …

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Unprecedented! 100,000 Greeks Protest in Athens, May 29

Impressive! More than 100,000 Greeks gathered in front of the Parliament at Syntagma Square to protest the austerity measures and express their discontent about the politicians. “Indignants” from all ages and social classes without political parties and ideologies joined their voices chanting “Thieves”, “Traitors” and “Shoo!”. In an unprecedented gathering of …

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ECB’s Stark: Greece may sell off assets of 300 bln euro

GOSH! Greece is a rich country! It has assets valued 300 billion euro! You may don’t know that, but Juergen Stark, Board member of European Central Bank, does!  In an interview to German Welt Am Sontag Stark claimed that “The Greek government has shares in listed companies, it owns real …

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Indignants Protest Across Europe, May 29

Greeks will flood Syntagma Square again at 6 p.m. on Sunday to join the Pan-European protests of Indignants that will be held in some 30 countries and 100+ cities across Europe. Even if the movement has a title that might scare some, the aim of “European Revolution” is a better quality of …

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Greeks in Panic Withdrew 1,5 billion euro May 26-27

 Panic is a bad advisor and panic creating politicians  are bad for the country and the economy.  Last Thursday and Friday, Greeks withdrew estimated 1,5 billion euro from their accounts  after statements that “the 5th loan-tranche might be at risk”, or that “Greece has either to impose more austerity or return to drachma”. The extraordinary summit …

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KTG Blog has a Code of Conduct too…

Blog “Keep Talking, Greece” believes to be quite tolerant. We publish as many visitors’ comments as possible even if we disagree with them. We respect different opinion, but our tolerance has limits as well.  We will not allow any comments that are insulting, racist, discriminatory or threating. So, please, before you …

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Athens: Newly Weds Join Austerity Protests

Austerity here, protests there life goes on, and so a young couple joined the austerity protests in front of the Greek Parliament. The beautiful bride was wearing her wedding dress, he his black tuxedo. Probably they had still rice grains on their festive clothes as they seemed to have rushed to Syntagma Square directly …

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Athens: Crowds protest at Syntagma Sq despite Rain (video May 25-26)

Crowds of protesters are gathering slowly for third day in a row in front of the Greek Parliament despite the rain. Armed with umbrellas and empty pots young and old frustrated and indignant Greeks came to Syntagma Square to chant “Thieves! Thieves!”. Inspired by the indignant Spaniards of Puerta del …

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Greece: Political Leaders Failed to Reach Consensus on IMF-Austerity Package

Four hours were not enough for Greece’s prime Minister George Papandreou to convince all political leaders, especially main opposition party centre-right Nea Dimokratia, of the necessity of consensus on the middle term IMF/EU/ECB austerity plan for the years 2011-2015. The failure bell was rang by Giorgos Karatzaferis, chairman of the …

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What if Greece won’t get the 5th IMF-tranche?

There is no way that Greece will not get the fifth IMF-tranche of the €110 billion bailout. The twelve billion euros are life-saving for the country. You think, the IMF and the EU would let Greece to go bankrupt and let their own money providers go bankrupt as well? Not …

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Why do Indignant Greeks ‘occupy’ central squares and protest?

For the third consequent day thousands of frustrated and indignant Greeks will ‘occupy’ central squares of cities across the country and protest government’s latest decisions to increase anew direct and indirect taxes, impose special contributions that will lower even more the pensions, cut social benefits, allowances and health care services,  sell …

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