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Greek PM Fevers Ahead Talks with Merkel-Sarkozy on Sept 14

Feverish meetings were held in the office of Greece’s prime ministers’ office on Tuesday ahead the teleconference of George Papandreou and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday, Sept 14th 2011. The meeting with top economists of the country were made under the specter of an …

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Greek Twitters’ Taxation Ideas

That Greeks get one tax hike after the other doesn’t mean that they lose their sense of humor. On Sunday evening, after the announcement of the extra property levy, a hashtag “Taxation Ideas” (#idees-forologias) was soon set up in Twitter and internet users didn’t miss the chance to give taxation …

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Greece: Parents Seek Solutions for School Shortages

Book shortages, teachers shortages, pupils transport shortages. The austerity shows its presence in what it is called “the worst school year in the history of modern Greek state”. unless you have a child at primary or secondary school, you can hardly imagine the drag of the parents nowadays. Here is a report …

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Kos: “Gypsy” Found a Home!

Remember the black fluffy bear damped at the dogs’ kennel of Daidalos Hotel in Kos? Yes, the cute puppy given the name “Gypsy” by the hotel personnel? She found a home! One of the girls working at the entertainment section fell in love with her and convinced her mom to …

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German Experts Warn of Greek Default, orderly or not…

The situation is critical. There is immense pressure on Greece to stick to the reforms it has agreed upon with its lenders. The weekend was a horror for the markets  only due to ‘alleged  bankruptcy rumors’ and a nightmare for Greeks due to the new property levy, the sixth in …

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“Indignant” Greeks to Launch Protest, Sept 14th

“Indignant” Greeks call citizens for a protest outside the Parliament on Wednesday, September 14th 2011. In a statement they call people to a peaceful protest without political parties and ideologies, against that what politicians prepare against the people. The slogans for the protest are “No more measures, no property tax, …

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KTG access no possible? Server problems, folks!

The internet sever we use had some technical problems today, so access to Keep Talking Greece was occasionally not possible. We hope they fixed the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Greek Austerity: One Toilet Paper per Neighborhood…

“One salaried per family, one book per class, one policeman per protester, one political lie per minute, one doctor per hospital, one austerity measure per day. Who said the state is not organized?” That’s a Facebook status quotation posted by a Greek. It describes very well the situation we’re experience …

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Greece State Deficit Out of Control

 This country makes me really wonder. After a series of taxes imposed to everything that stands, flies, crowls or swims the State Budget managed again to be in red, a nice hole of -4.586 billion euros for the execution of state budget during January-August 2011.  How do they do it??? From the …

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School Bell Day: 1,5 M Greek Pupils Without Books

 The bell sounded Monday morning for 1,3 million Greek students of primary and secondary education. However the majority of them went back home without books. Some got photocopies of the first chapters of textbooks, some DVD and some got links to Education Ministry website where they can download files with excerpts …

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What is an “Orderly Default”?

Germany’s Economy Minister brought up a new term in Greece’s economic future. Philipp Roesler spoke of  a Greek “orderly Default” and quite some people have been asking “what is this?” An orderly default is something quite simple, it is a controlled bankruptcy! The most simplest definition I found in wikipedia …

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Greek Taxis on New Strike, Sept 12-13

Taxi owners have announced a new 48-hour strike for September 12th and 13th 2011. The strike will start Monday at 5 am and end on Wednesday 5 am. In the context of their strike taxi owners and drivers plan several actions and will make their presence felt at various points which …

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Upd:Greek FinMin: Extra Levy on Properties as Taxpayers Bleed

The bleeding of Greek taxpayers continue without a pause as the new strategy of the government is: at least one extra levy every month! I think, this Government has also misunderstood the simple arithmetic and ways to get rid of negative numbers.And it imposed new taxes as a mean to combat the recession! Greece …

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PM’s Bombshell: Additional Taxes to Hit Greeks in the Head

Greece Prime Minister George Papandreou shocked those Greeks who chose to listen to his speech than enjoy the Saturday night with friends. “I will take care that every family has one working member” said Papandreou in his keynote speech at the 76th Thessaloniki International Fair, while thousands of protesters were …

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… and Thessaloniki Turned into a Battle Field (videos)

As thousands of angry protesters had moved to Thessaloniki, the atmosphere was electrified, the incidents inevitable. It started with angry taxi owners trying to overthrow the police security barricades. Riot police was quick to fire tear gas. Video Taxi owners Youth threw stones and other items at the police, tear …

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Greece Denies Alleged Default, Germany Denies “Plan B”

Athens denied claims that Greece is going to default over the weekend. “It is not the first time that such a organized wave of ‘rumors’ about an alleged default apprear. This is a bad game and an organized speculation directed against the euro and the euro zone as a whole” Finance Minister …

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Thessaloniki: Angry Greeks Booed PM (videos)

An ugly but not surprised reaction was expecting Greece prime Minister George Papandreou upon his arrival at the Municipality Building of Thessaloniki. With slogans against the anti-social austerity and boos citizens expressed their disapproval. According to some Greek media Papandreou smiled at the protesters… Video A woman protester was detained …

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