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Athens: They Rob Even Kids Singing Carols

Not one, not two, but nine incidents of robberies against children singing New Year’s Eve carols were recorded on the last day of 2011 in broader Athens area. With the threat of knives or not, but definitely using violence, unknown perpetrators robbed the children and took amounts between 10 and 100 euro. …

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Greece Wrote Just One Wish on Santa’s List… “PSI”

Every child in Greece knows that Santa slides through the chinmey on the New Year’s Eve – not earlier, not later. Little and bankrupt Greece wrote only one three-letter wish on her letter to Santa this year: PSI!  Currently the IMF and the EU seem to disagree on the 50% …

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Hundreds of Greeks Lined Up for a Food-Aid Package

Hundreds of needy citizens lined up as early in the morning of the last day of austerity year 2011 to get an aid package distributed by the Greek Red Cross. Large families, lonely elderly, jobless, homeless, immigrants and refugees queued outside the Red Cross Headquarters in downtown Athens for a package of aid that …

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Ghost-Building Costs Greek Tax-Payers €62K Per Month

While wages and pensions are sharply cut and the extraordinary taxes kneel millions of  Greek households , the state continues to be generous with public money. This modern and yawing empty building in the North of Athens was rent by the Greek Finance Ministry in April 2010 (one month before Greece officially …

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Thousands of Greeks Without Christmas Bonus

Thousands of Greek employees did not receive Christmas bonus this year, even though it is obligatory according to the law. The Labour Control Authority received more than 2,000 complaints by employees who didn’t receive their bonuses, equal to one month salary. A large number of employers justified the non-payment of the bonus with ‘economic …

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Caution: They Wear Blue and Walk Among Us

The men and women from Financial Crimes Units (SDOE) of the Greek Finance Ministry. They appear in small groups of three and wear Air Force Blue uniforms. They walk down the streets and the malls of Athens. Piraeus and suburbs, devoted to combat tax evasion. With their blue appearance they try …

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Christmas 2011: The Weather in Greece

Cold, snow and rain will be present in Greece on December 24-26th 2011, making the dream of “White Christmas” come true. Northern Greece will freeze with temperatures of even -9 degrees Celsius and frost that will turn roads into sliding mirrors. Snow will fall even in Attica, in the northern …

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Dec 24: Christmas Carols in Greece (video)

 They ring the door bell as early as 8 o’clock in the morning. Some children even leave their home and go out to sing the Christmas Carols the moment the first sun light rises on the horizon. Greece’s children faithfully follow the tradition to sing the Carols on the Christmas Eve. In …

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Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, ¡Feliz Navidad, Nollaig Shona, Buon…

“Keep Talking, Greece” Wishes Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, ¡Feliz Navidad, Nollaig Shona, Buon Natale, Feliz Natal, Joyeux Noël, С Рождеством, Crăciun fericit, Շնորհավոր Սուրբ Ծնունդ:, God Jul, Gleðileg jól, Vrolijk Kerstfeest…  Thank you so much for being such a faithful audience 🙂 PS I hope Google translate didn’t make …

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The Little Angel at Omonia Subway

“I saw her the other day leaning against a column, at the underground station of Omonia. Forgotten and lost in her thoughts – really, what would she dream of in such festive days in such difficult times, an angel at her age? I let two trains pass, looking at her tactfully. All this time, …

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Greek House with 25,000 Christmas Lights (video)

That’s a happy message in a debt-ridden country: a house with 25,000 Christmas lights in Nea Syllata in Chalkidiki in Northern Greece. Stamoulis and Eleni Stavrou declared a war against the economic crisis and decorated their home with flying Santas, reindeer, sleighs, sacks full of presents. A magic life like in …

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Greek FinMin Concerned About Reduced Tobacco Prices

This Greek government has no idea what it wants. The health minister banned smoking in enclosed establishments like restaurants, cafeterias, transport means etc in order to enforce smokers to reduce the deadly habit. Also the e-cigarette was banned allegedly for containing unhealthy substances, although this action triggered strong reactions. At the same …

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Greek Pharmacists Cut Credit for Prescription Medicine as 1.1.12

A scandalous blackmail shines on the horizon, that threatens the lives of millions of Greeks, especially the lives of long-term patients. Another blow is about to sweep away the last euro banknotes of millions of austerity-ridden Greeks. Greece’s pharmacists have decided to cut credits to insurance funds. As of 1.1.12 insured patients will …

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Crete: Owner Lets Chained Dog Die in Rusty Barrel

That’s the sear animal abuse and not only! The owner of a dog let him die chained into a rusty barrel and he didn’t even bother to remove the cadaver of the unlucky soul. It is not known how the unfortunate creature died. Whether from starvation or sickness. The Animal …

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