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Veteran Journalist Spyros Karatzaferis Arrested by Greek Police

Veteran journalist Spyros Katatzaferis was arrested in the ealy morning hours of Wednesday on his way home after a live-broadcast on a private television channel. First reports claimed that “he was arrested due to outstanding constributions to insurance funds and for an older court decision that had charged him with libel.” …

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Greece To Chase “Corrupt” SIEMENS Executives?

There is an interesting development in the Greece- SIEMENS bribes scandal coming from Germany. According to a report by Sueddeutsche Zeitung/The Local.de, Greek judiciary is to pursue elven executives of SIEMENS on charges of bribing Greek politicians and public officials. Moreover Greece plans even to issue an international arrest warrant …

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UPD: Greek media on strike over health/pension funds, Oct 31/2012

Greek media went on 24-hour strike on Wednesday at 6 a.m. after Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras decided in a surprise move to integrate journalists’ insurance funds into the broke national health organization EOPPY. This decision caused strong reactions in the Greek parliament when the amendment was announced as part of the …

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Ex French FinMin Baroin Examined Impact of Greek Euro Exit in 2011

 Francois Baroin, the former French finance minister, examined the possibility of a Greek exit from the euro zone with his advisors, according to advance extracts published Tuesday on the website of French magazine L’ Express from his forthcoming book on his experiences during the debt crisis. “It was a discussion …

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Athens: National Intelligence Personnel Protested Austerity Measures

Some 200 employees of Greece’s National Intelligence Service (EYP) demonstrated outside the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection on Tuesday evening. EYP personnel protested the austerity measures and handed to the general secretary of the ministry a list with their demands.  According to Greek media, the national security of …

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NYT Op-Ed: Greece Arrests the Messenger

Hey! Caught red-handed and exposed even on the other side of the big river!  Renomated New York Times sharply criticized “Greece’s slow and cumbersome justice system” and “mainstream Greek politicians”: the first for showing a “stunning swiftness” to arrest investigative Kostas Vaxevanis, and the latter for “shamefully stripping the poorest and most vulnerable from …

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Greece in Governance Black-Out: PASOK & DEMLEFT Disagree with Samaras “Negotiation with Troika Completed”

Coalition partner and leader of PASOK, Evangelos Venizelos was angered over PM’s Samaras statement that the negotiation with the Troika has been completed, considering the negotiation has to continue until short before the Eurogroup meeting. With PASOK’s reaction and Democratic Left insisting in not voting for the labour rights ‘reforms’, the …

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Greek PM Samaras’ New Old Dilemma: Measures or Chaos

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras issued a statement on Thusrday noon saying the negotiation with the Troika has been completed. Samaras announced that Greece has completed the austerity measures of 13.5 billion euro and the budget for 2013, two preconditions for the debt-ridden country to receive the loan tranche of …

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Public Order Minister Presents Parliament with Suspected Golden Dawn Crimes

Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias on Tuesday presented Parliament with a list of violent and criminal acts that have been attributed to deputies and officials of the ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn in police reports from around the country. The lengthy document was submitted to the House following calls for an …

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EUROPOL Dismantles International Network Smuggling Migrants to EU

In a joint cooperation with Europol, Greek, Italian and German authorities dismantled an international criminal network smuggling Iraqi and Kurdish migrants to EU. The criminal organisation set up by Iraqis had transferred more than 1,500 people and earned around 12.5 million USD. The criminal used to move migrants from Turkey …

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Berlin: Students Verbally Attack Ex PM Papandreou (video)

The prime minister who took Greece to IMF had an unpleasant surprise in Berlin. While he was enjoying dinner in a restaurant in Berlin, a group of Greek students stormed in and started to verbally attack him. “Shame on you!”, “You ridiculed the country!”, “You eat with people’s money!”, “Go, …

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Mini Crash: Athens Stock Exchange Plunges -6,28%

Athens Stock Exchange suffered a mini crach on Monday, plunged by -6.28%, the General Index fell below 820 units and the banking sector with losses of 15% as Greece’s lenders refused to make any concessions on labour rights ‘reforms’ and junior coalition government partner Democratic Left insists on not voting in favor of the …

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Juncker: Eurogroup meeting on Nov 8, Decisions on Greece on Nov 12/2012

Jean Claude Juncker has called an extra ordinary Eurogroup meeting for November 8th 2012 and claimed that final decisions on Greece will be met on November 12. He considers that no decisions on Greece will be met during the Eurogroup on upcoming Wednesday. At the same time, he called to …

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State NET-TV Presenters Censored for Criticizing Public Order Minister Over Guardian Torture-Report

A case of censorship in Greek state broadcaster ERT/NET. Kostas Arvanitis and Marilena Katsimi, presenters of news-magazine “Morning Information” on NET TV were removed from the magazine due to comments on Minister of Citizen Protection Nikos Dendias over the Guardian-Dendias conflict. Nikos Dendias had threatened to sue  British newspaper The Guardian …

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Athens: Protests Outside TV Station Against Turkish Series

 Members from seven associations held a protest outside the offices of private broadcaster ANT1 in Marousi, Athens, against Turkish TV-series broadcast in prime time. Organisations of refugees from Asia Minor and Istanbul but also from Cyprus gathered outside ANT1 at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, on the anniversary of the national …

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