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Athens Metro: Work Stoppage on 1. Sept/2012

Workers at Athens Metro will launch a work stoppage on Saturday, 1. September 2012, from 5:30 a.m. until 12 o’ clock noon. The work stoppage will facilitate trade union members to attend the general union meeting and take decisions about mobilizations in order to protest austerity measures and wages cuts.  

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EUROSTAT: Greece Leads in Youth Unemployment with 53.8%

Greece leads in youth unemployment with 53.8%, while it occupies the second place after Spain in unemployment in all age groups. According to EUROSTAT, unemployment in Greece reached 23.1% in May 2012, recording an increase of 6.3% compared with May 2011. This is the second highest rate within the European Union after …

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George Papandreou – Hire A Former Greek PM as Keynote Speaker

Do you need a savvy keynote speaker to enlighten your event guests? A fluently English speaking expert to talk about Europe, the Greek crisis, or democracy deficits in our modern world? An experienced politician,  a visioneer? Here you got one: George Papandreou, prime minister of Greece from 2009 to 2011. Former PM of …

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Greece’s Government Partners Still Seek Consensus on 11.5 Billion Euro Package

Greece’s coalition government partners hold meeting after meeting while seeking consensus in a series of several expenditure cuts, as dictated by the Troika. Target is to present the country’s lenders with a thorough austerity package, worth 11. billion euro for the years 2013-2014. The meeting among PM Samaras, PASOK-leader Venizelos …

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KTG’s Beach Adventures: Is the Famous “Seventh Wave” the Highest?

They say,  the seventh wave is the highest. We sit at the beach and start counting. The highest wave had just crashed at the beach. Foam and splashes. Millions of water drops. The wave is powerful. It wets our feet up to the calves. It soaks the beach towel. Even though …

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KTG is Not in the Mood to Go Back Home…

I’m not sure, I want to return home. In fact, I do not want to. At least, not yet. When I read and hear the news nothing has changed for and in Greece. Not even after Prime Minister Samaras meeting with German ChancellorAngela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. Maybe …

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Hottest August Weekend with 41° Celsius in the Shadow

Lucky are the ones living near the sea. Greece will “boil” for one more time, but most likely the last one for this summer. Then it would be extremely odd, to have a heat wave in September… In some parts of Greece, temperatures are expected to reach 41° Celsius on …

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Oops! Moldovan Chair Undermines Merkel’s Official Visit

Oops! A small shock moment for German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she takes a seat in the office of Moldovan president. The chair is much softer than a disciplined German would expect. The seat gives unexpected in … . and Merkel feels the discomfort of a rebel chair PS thank …

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Euro-Group Head JC Juncker Enjoyed Austerity Dinner in Athens

It came as expected: The dinner hosted by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to honour head of Euro group Jean-Claude Juncker. An austerity dinner in a country short before it goes bust. A real low-calories, spartan dinner with boiled vegetables and fish.  A light dinner  at the Acropolis Museum with view at …

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My Greek Vacation Neighbours: Free Range Chicken :)

The guy is very talkative. “Vociferous” experts would say. Day and night, he means, he has an important message to give to the world: to his small world consisting of hens, chicks and other roosters and to the broader world, one or two square kilometers away. My big brown noisy …

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Greek PM Samaras: All We Want is Breathing Space – Euro Exit A Nightmare

Just hours before the crusial meetings with Euro Group head Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras sent his message to the world of Greece’s lenders: We need a little breathing space to revive Greece’s economy,  the drachma would be a catastrophe, Samaras told …

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Amato: If Greece Exits Euro, Italy is next; EuroZone is Like an Artichoke…

This statement was made by the former Prime Minister of Italy Giuliano Amato. ” If Greece exits the euro, the next could be us. Because the Eurozone is like an artichoke. Sooner or later the leaves may be cut off, “Amato told Italian daily “Il Messaggero“. With regard to Greece,  Giuliano Amato said: “On …

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Greek Secret Service EYP To Investigate Wildfires on Chios Island As Thousands of Mastic Trees Burned Down

 The beguilling scents of Chios has been burned down. Thousands of aromatic mastic trees have been destroyed by the wild fires that broke on the island of eastern Aegean Sea  four days ago. Firefighters, soldiers, volunteers, water-dropping planes and helicopters could not prevent the flames extinguishing the island’s main economy source due to strong winds. …

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