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That’s the real Greek anti-austerity protests.

Head of EU Task Force, Horst Reichenbach, expressed his surprise about the fact that Greeks do not demonstrate against austerity. He described the Greeks’ reaction as “very moderate” apparently watching only a few hundreds fro civil servants union protesting outside the Parliament last Sunday. When lawmakers were voting a multi-bills …

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Greece records four suicides in three days

Two men jump into death, another cuts his wrists and a fourth hangs himself. Almost daily are the news in the media about people who who break down under the weight of unsolved problems : economical or health problems, or even worse the combination of both. Among the suicides is …

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Study: Germany make trillion-euro profits from the Euro

Germany profits considerably form the euro even in case of high write-offs due to debt cuts of South European crisis sates, like Greece, Portugal, Spain. This is the result of a model calculation conducted by Prognos AG for German Bertelsmann Foundation. “Adding up the growth benefits of Euro membership results …

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How expats experience “three years Greece in the crisis” (Part V)

In the series “how expats experience the Greek crisis”, KTG received another personal expat story. The story is written by somebody who built up an existence here and decided to go away, unable to survive the economic crisis. Somebody who still asks herself  three years later, whether “leaving was really …

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Scientists confirm! “Austerity is too bad for your health”

Scientists confirm what we already know: that recession-driven austerity measures are not just bad for your wealth, they are also harming your health. It’s not only that your pockets are robbed causing sleepless nights, depression and heart attacks. The austerity cuts that primarily target the health sector boost infectious diseases …

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Kardashian sisters go …surreal in Mykonos

Famous Kardashian clan, sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloé together with their parents moved to the island of Mykonos for a ten-day relaxing vacation. The Kardashian clan, 18 family members, and a camera crew of 50 people, flew from Athens to the island in the Aegean Sea, rented a luxury yacht …

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Greece’s capital Athens sinks 10 millimeters per year due to excessive building construction

Greece’s capital Athens sinks 10 millimeters annually because of the decline in surface soil, studies show. This phenomenon has been observed during the last 30 years and thus die to excessive building construction. According to Sunday newspaper Real News, the phenomenon was first observed by the European Space Agency, and …

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Why jobless Greeks do not go strawberry picking?

There has been lots of discussions in my environment about why jobless Greeks do not go strawberry picking. Of course, it’s not only strawberries growing in Manolada, Peloponnese. It’s the peaches in Naousa, Macedonia or the apples in Zagora, Pilio just to mention a few of the agricultural products flourishing in Greece. But …

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German FinMin Schaeuble: Greece proved bailout program working, unemployment goes down

He must have a weird sense of humour. German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble sees nothing but effectiveness in the bailout program for Greece. In the country of 1,3 million jobless and 6%-7% recession. “The policy of the euro rescue works and Greece is an example for this,”  Schaeuble told German magazine …

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Justice Minister confirms Grevena prisoners “bear burn marks”

Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis confirmed Friday that “inmates bear burn marks on their bodies”. Greece’s Justice Minister told a parliamentary committee that an investigation into allegations of police beatings was underway. Roupakiotis had visited Grevena prison a week ago after allegations several inmates were beaten by  police. On Thursday, daily …

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ISS Chris Hadfield: Spectacular Athens as seen from space

Astronaut Chris Hadfield pleasantly surprised us for one more time. The Canadian commander of International Space Station uploaded again a picture from the Greek capital at night as seen from the orbit. “Athens, Greece. The Parthenon at the heart stands out from orbit,” Chris Hadfield wrote. KTG is exactly next …

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