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Massacre in Norway: A Greek connection?

Greek police investigates a possible “Greek connection” with Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian bane and perpetrator of the double terrorist attack in Oslo and the isle of Utoya on July 22, 2011. A far-right extremist who took the lives of 76 people. According to Greek media, more than 800 blogs and forums …

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Athens Mayor Clears “Indignant” Greeks’ Camp at Syntagma Sq

In a big scale operation Greek police cleared the camp of Indignant Greeks in the early morning hours of Saturday. While the Indignant Greeks were sleeping, Athens municipality employees in the presence of prosecutor and police forces started removing the camp tents and banners and load them on trucks. There …

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Sharing a moment…with Nabucco

I think I fell into a stupor with open eyes. Or rather,  I think I have fallen into a doze state like a cat in laying under a sun beam on a cold winter day.  The body relaxed, the spirit lazy. A rare moment of nihilism in a noisy city. I lowered the bar …

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My inspiration is gone…

My inspiration is unable to kick off. A couple of days in Pillion were enough to derail my working mood. A magic mountain, picturesque houses and crystal-clear waters. A house in the middle of nowhere with a dramatic sea view. Not to forget the F-16 exercising over the heads of easy-going swimmers. How …

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All Quiet on the Greek front

It’s all quiet on the Greek front this morning, twelve hours after the EU Leaders agreed to save Greece. The Euro zone Summit ended last night with lots of smiles and lots of unanswered questions by politicians and bankers. We still have to wait and see the details of the …

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Banking Source Reveals 8 Points of Eurozone ‘Greek Deal’

Greek private television ALTER named 8 points from the plan currently under discussion at the Eurozone Summit for the solution of the Greek debt crisis. ALTER cited a Greek high rank official from the banking sector, who spoke under conditions of anonymity. The rescue plan for Greece includes among others: 1) …

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Greek Pension Funds in Difficult Situation

Greek pension funds go from bad to worst. No wonder that with an unemployment galloping at 16% -and rising tendency- you will hardly find labourers pay their contributions. Furthermore the increased unemployment benefits paid out to several hundred thousands jobless do not make things better. One grave mistake of the …

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Guest Post: The Tragicomedy of Europe and the Greek crisis

 Things are very serious in Brussels today and yet. Until we got there, the coming and going of the European leaders and the other decision makers of the Greek crisis drama were bearing features of a tragicomedy. The following article was written a couple of days ago by Polyvios Petropoulos, …

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Greeks: No Taxi, No Ferries, No Teeth

Taxi drivers continue their indefinite strike, block airports and ports, hinder cruise liners to dock and cut the country into two through a mass presence in national roads. The tourism sector asks the prosecutor’s intervention on the issue. However the taxi drivers insist on “crushing the government’s nerves”. Taxis blocking …

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Greece – Euro Zone Summit

With eyes turned to Euro Zone Summit and holding their breath Greeks monitor the overwhelming developments in Brussels, lurk for the slightest official or off the record comment that could hind or imply a positive or negative development for the Greek debt crisis. The aim is to reduce the massive Greek debt, to help …

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Greek Defense Minister: Erdogan’s Statements Unacceptable

Greek  Defense Minister Panos Beglitis slammed as ‘unacceptable’ statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who warned that Ankara will freeze its relations with the European Union, should Cyprus hold the EU presidency without a previous solution of the Cyprus issue. Nicosia is scheduled to lead the rotating EU …

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Greek Vulnerable Civil Servants on Leave When Temperatures at 40 ° C

 The heat is really on today, with 40 degrees Celsius, so far the hottest day in Athens this summer. Children and seniors 65+ are well advised to stay at home and take protection measures. The rest of us has just to be careful and go after his job. All of us? …

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126 Citizens Filed Law Suit against Greek Police & Ministers for June Incidents

126 citizens together with 150 eye witnesses filed a law suit against the Greek Police and the Minister for Citizens’ Protection, Christos Papoutsis, for the use of violence during the mass protests at Syntagma Square on June 15th, 28th and 29th, 2011. The law suit complains about ‘unprovoked and murderous use violence, …

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That’s the Greece I like!

No, I don’t like been in trouble due to strikes especially in hot summer days. No, I don’t like to see the yellow-grey smog ring rising every day on the horizon and hear no measures to combat air pollution. No, I don’t like the increased ozone levels and hear the …

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IMF Calls Greek Finance Minister to Washington

Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos is hastily preparing his suitcases so he can rush to Washington on Sunday after an invitation of the International Monetary Fund. However Venizelos will also have meetings with Senators of Greek origin and most likely with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. According to Greek media, …

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