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Samaras Reveals Ambitious Economic Programme of Nea Dimocratia

Greece’s conservative party leader, Antonis Samaras (Nea Dimocratia) revealed the party’s economic programme 17 days ahead the June 17 elections. “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” Samaras said during his programme presentation on Thursday afternoon in Athens. Jobs, no new taxes, no new horizontal cuts, cancel emergency taxes or scale them back  are …

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IMF Spokesman: “Lagarde Regrets Her Remarks [about Greece] Misunderstood”

The International Monetary Fund says Managing Director Christine Lagarde is expressing regrets for her comments about Greek suffering amid the country’s debt crisis. Lagarde told Britain’s The Guardian last week she has more sympathy for poor African children  than for Greeks suffering through economic problems and austerity measures. She also …

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Alpha-Bank Criticizes Greece’s Bailout-critical political parties

 Greek Alpha Bank sharply criticizes political parties and their strategies towards the Memorandum of Understanding. Discussions about government to discharge the MoU threaten the economic stability, says Alpha Bank in the weekly bulletin issued its Economic Research Department. “The Greek economy is suffering from the destabilizing tendencies of an election showdown with a …

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EURO-BOND: My Weight in Gold as Collateral

My weight (53-55 kg) in gold. This is what I as a Greek would have to give as collateral for Euro bond issue so that Germany can give the green light to the much needed bonds of the euro zone. As I am only one out of 11 million Greeks living …

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Fun Side of Greek Opinion Polls: ND 24.5% – SYRIZA 24.5%

THIS we haven’t seen before: a complete tied result between the parties that come first in public opinion polls. According to public opinion poll conducted by Pulse RC for the political weekly TO PONTIKI in the ‘voting intention’ : ND 24.5% – SYRIZA 24.5% – PASOK 13.5% -INDEPENDENT GREEKS 7%, KKE 5% …

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Tear Gas in Thessaloniki, Firemen Protest in Athens

If you think Greeks sit at home and quietly await for the elections, you’re wrong. Here and there people go on the streets, protest and demonstrate, and some even get teargassed. On Wednesday morning, clashes between protesters and police occurred outside the city hall of Thessaloniki when municipality workers gathered …

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Barroso-Papademos Hand-in-Hand Against Tsipras?

Why did Jose Manuel Barroso threaten Greece with euro exit right after May 6 elections? Reuters claims that the president of the European Commission made this statement after caretaker prime minister Lucas Papademos asked him to do so – in an effort to build a dam against Alexis Tsipras. According …

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Debts, Unemployment: Greek Hangs Himself in Public Park

Another name is being added to the long list of Greeks crushed by the economic crisis, the nightmare of debts, unemployment and lack of income sources. Alexandros, a 60-year-old man, hanged himself on Wednesday morning at a public park, just a couple of meters away from his home in Nikaia suburb …

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Greek June Elections: Conservative ND Leads With 23.4% in Latest Public Opinion Poll

Conservative Nea Dimocratia leads in the latest public opinion poll conducted by GPO for Mega TV. When asked what party they will vote for at June 17 elections, respondents answered: ND 23.4% – SYRIZA 22.1% – PASOK 13.5% – INDEPENDENT GREEKS 7.4% – KKE 5.9% – DEMOCRATIC LEFT 5.1% -CHRYSI …

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National Bank Report: Greece’s Euro Exit Would Halve Incomes

OMG! Even Greece’s biggest bank, the National Bank, joined the anti-SYRIZA chorus. You know SYRIZA don’t you? The party whose leader Alexis Tsipras “threatens” to ruin Greece, the eurozone, the global economy from the humblest hut in a remote sub-Saharan village to a impressive glass skyscraper in Wall Street. How? He wants to cancel the …

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O La La! Madame Lagarde (IMF) Does Not Pay Taxes…

Ο la la! Quelle blamage! What a mean exposure! Madame Christine Lagarde, the head of IMF, who suggested parents of impoverished Greek children should pay their taxes, does not pay taxes herself. No, she is not exactly a tax-dodger. She simply enjoys a tax-free and lots of bonuses status due …

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Open Letter Against Neo-Nazi Party: “We Are All Greek Jews”

 The neo-Nazi party Chrysi Avgi Golden Dawn entered the Greek parliament this month. With its swastika-inspired emblem, Hitlerian salute, reference to Mein Kampf, antisemitic and racist ideology, Holocaust denial, violence against migrants, threats against journalists and personality cult, the party is the lineal heir of the German national-socialist party that …

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Candidate from Greek Hunters’ Party on ND Elections List

“We have learned with pleasure that Nea Dimocratia put on the elections list in the B’ electorate of Athens, Nikolaos Stathopoulos, president of the D’ Hunters’ Association. We believe that such initiatives will meet the support of Greek hunters, who would in fact cast their voters in favor of ND” said …

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Greeks Swept by Tax Tsunami Amid Recession & High Unemployment

Greeks are shocked. And swept away by the tax tsunami that hits them amid deep recession, political and economic uncertainty, and the threat of euro exit swinging above their heads. The tax statements that reach millions of households make taxpayers to hold their breath. Even though incomes were decreased at 30% in 2011,  for the …

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