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Guns in Greek Parliament: MPs to undergo firearms stress tests

Do members of the Greek Parliament carry guns but have no idea how to deal with a firearm? It could be possible… The Greek Police announced on Friday that firearms licences have to be re-examined and the licence owner has to prove he has specific knowledge of the gun type he owns, …

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Almost every Greek party submits its own anti-racism draft bill

It looks as if at the every end, all Greek parties will submit their own anti-racism legislation proposals, with the exception of extreme-right Golden Dawn, of course. Even the coalition government partners of prime minister Antonis Samaras were unable to agree on a single anti-racism bill. To be correct: the two …

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Athens: Metro station close to public due to protest, May 31/2013

Greek police will close to public metro station <Syntagma> after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31st 2013. Reason for the police measure is  is the protest to be launched by teachers, seamen and metro workers later on Friday. The three unions will gather at 7 p.m. to protest the ‘civil …

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Thousands of troubled Greek seniors form long queues after pension stop

Thousands of pensioners at the verge of brain-stroke and heart-attack formed long queues outside the offices of Greece’s biggest insurance fund IKA on Friday morning. The troubled seniors had rushed to the local branches of IKA because their pension had been stopped. Just like that. The seniors must have been …

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Athens: African communities dismiss UK’s Channel 4 claims of “Black Panthers” in Greece

African communities in Athens dismiss claims that appeared on a report aired by British Channel 4 that ‘there were patrol brigades named Black Panthers for the self-defense of immigrants against racist attacks by extreme-right Golden Dawn.” According to news website NewsIt, after the Channel 4 report, the Ministry of Public …

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UPD Greece Amber Alert: Missing girl Christina,13, found at Paggaios Mt

UPDATE: Missing girl Christina,13, was found on Thursday evening and taken to the hospital in Kavala for medical tests. Police and rescue teams found Christina at the mountain area of Paggaios Mt. The 13-year-old,  who was missing since Sunday evening, was wandering alone when found by the rescue teams. The …

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Greece invents a new profession: “the 201st protester”

No matter how the economic crisis is plaguing us, I think that we will never lose our sense of humor. No matter how grim, twisted or illogical a legislation can be, there will always somebody out there inspired by this surreal world we live in. Minister of Public Order & …

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OECD – Bank of Greece: conflicting predictions on recession & unemployment

There must be something rotten in the economic reports, predictions and forecasts concerning Greece. While locals, like the Bank of Greece see “light at the end of the tunnel”, internationals like the OECD seem to see that this light belongs to a train… The Organization for Economic Cooperation and development …

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Bank of Greece report: economy rebalancing, but 28% unemployment for 2013

Greece is moving forward. Like a wild horse in the prairie, the debt-ridden country is galloping towards economic recovery and prosperity for all. If only there were not the grimy numbers predicting that the wild cart called Greece has still long way to go, as week by week, the economic …

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Channel 4: Immigrants’ brigades Black Panthers warn Golden Dawn

Increasingly exposed to racist attacks, immigrants in Athens have allegedly organized themselves to fight back and defend themselves. They have reportedly set up their own brigades and patrol in the streets of Athens mostly at night.  They call themselves “Black Panthers”, a name adopted from the Afro-American movement of USA …

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Eurogroup head Dijsselbloem in Athens, May 31/2013

Head of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem is due to Athens on upcoming Friday, May 31st, just days before the representatives of Greece’s lenders -the Troika – will come for the regular fiscal inspection. Dijsselbloem will meet with prime minister Antonis Samaras and finance minister Yiannis Stournaras. A press conference will follow. …

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EU Task Force: We’ll see reforms results in Greece after one year

“In a year we will know what with did with the reforms in Greece,” head of EU Task Force Horst Reichenbach told during a public hearing  of the European Union. Speaking at the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament in Brussels about the application for financial assistance from …

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Someone, give Greek FinMin a glass of water, please! Now that it’s still cheap…

Not really. Yiannis Stournaras, Greece’s finance minister was speaking at the Parliament. He spoke and spoke … words and number were shot from his mouth and eventually he got thirsty. Much to his surprised, the parliament staff had not put a glass of water in front of the eloquent speaker. …

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Solar superstorm to hit Greece on May 28/2013?

I have been reading on Greek internet that a strong solar storm is expected to hit Greece today, May 28th 2013. A once in lifetime event occurring today. Why only Greece and not the rest of the world? I can’t really tell you. Neither can’t I tell you exactly, how …

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EUROSTAT: Austerity-hit countries pay for electricity & gas as much as the rich EU North

Good that there are statistics and we can base our complains on real facts and statistical data. Eurostat found out that household electricity and gas prices rose between the second half of 2011 and the second half of 2012 in the Europe of 27. In simple English, that is between …

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Crete: Woman, 58, armed with cleaver threatens tax officers

A very angry woman entered the tax office of Chania in Crete at 9 o’clock on Monday morning. In real outrage, she was shouting and brandishing a cleaver she was holding. She threatened the tax office staff. She was reportedly shouting “Give me my money back!” She managed to enter …

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