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Troika seeks to end compulsory military service in Greece

Greece’s masters, the Troika of EU/IMG/ECB, seeks to abolish the compulsory military service in order to reduce state expenditures. According to weekly magazine TO PONTIKI, this measure is being included in the Troika’s evaluation report of the Greek economy. According to the Troika, the proposal aims to reduce defense spending …

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German Parliament approved Greek Aid Package with 473:100

Members of German Parliament, the Bundestag, approved on Friday the Greek aid package agreed during the euro group finance ministers  meeting beginning of the week. From a total of 584 MPs who voted, 473 voted in favour, 100 voted against, while 11 abstained. Reports from the Bundestag that Angela Merkel has missed getting …

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Mahmoud Abbas thanks Greece for Palestinian vote at UN

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Greece and expressed his deep gratitude to the Greek government for its “brave decision” to vote in favor of the request by the Palestinian Authority to win an upgraded status at the United Nations. In an announcement transmitted to Greek government through the diplomatic mission of …

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Thessaloniki: Riot Police Ends Occupation at University

Short after 4 o’ clock in the morning, strong police forces entered the building of Aristotelio University in Thessaloniki and ended the occupation of contractor workers. Police operation lasted only 10 minutes and ended with the arrest of eleven workers who did not resist. Video: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt The …

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Van Rompuy Opposes Direct Election of EU Top Leaders

Directly electing the European Commission President at the 2014 EU elections would amount to “organise the disappointment in advance”, said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Directly electing his own successor would be “even more absurd”, he added in comments that are likely to irritate proponents of increased democracy in …

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Athens: Public Sector & Municipalities: Work Stoppages, Nov 30/2012

Public sector union ADEDY and municipality workers union POE-OTA will launch work stoppages today, Friday, November 30th 2012. ADEDY’s action will start at 11:30 a.m. and a protest will be launched at 12:30 at Klafthmonos Square in downtown Athens and Venizelos Statue in Thessaloniki. POE-OTA will stage two work stoppages, one 11:00 am …

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Citigroup: Greece probably to leave eurozone next year

Three eurozone nations will have to restructure their government debt next year, and Greece will probably exit the eurozone, Citigroup predicts. Italy, Spain and Greece will need debt restructures next year, Michael Saunders, Citigroup’s chief European economist believes. The same forecast is true of Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus and Slovenia by …

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Thessaloniki: Court acquits municipality workers, teacher over German consul attack

Dozens of unionists cheered the court announcement acquitting two municipality workers and one teacher over an incident against the German Consul  Wolfgang Hoelsche-Obermaier, two weeks ago. The German Consul in Greece became target of angry municipality workers who had harassed and insulted and hurled coffee and water bottles at him. The three men were …

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People we love to see in Greek Parliament

Members of the Greek Parliament like Michalis Tamilos from Trikala, Central Greece, must be a shining exception, “one in three hundred”, so to speak. He seems so much devoted to the promotion of the interests of his voters, that he considers as waste of time the participation to several parliamentary committees – …

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Greek Gov’t Considers to Outlaw Golden Dawn?

Greece’s political world seems to see the necessity to take action against extreme right-wing party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) after months of provocative and challenging actions by GD-MPs and party members. With some of these actions to be brought to justice. Evangelos Venizelos, constitutional law professor and leader of coalition government partner …

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Once Powerful Greek Businessman Arrested for Unpaid Taxes & Insturance Contributions

Babis Vovos, constructor, once one of the most powerful businessmen in Greece, was arrested on Monday for unpaid taxes. According to Greek media, Vovos owes 1,010,000 million euro in outstanding contributions to national insurance fund IKA, taxes and other liabilities. According to news portal zougla.gr, Vovos failed among others to pay …

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