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Greek PM Samaras almost faints during party congress (picts, video)

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras almost fainted while he was delivering a speech at Nea Dimocratia congress on Friday evening. “Apologies, I don’t feel well, I have to sit down for two minutes,” Samaras told the 4,000 delegates and left the podium. Video: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Samaras: “…NeaDemocracy… …

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Caspian Sea gas project picks TAP pipeline. Revenues and jobs for Greece

TAP pipeline won the tender to channel natural gas form the Caspian Sea to Europe. the pipeline will collect Azerbaijani gas in Turkey and carry it across Greece and Albania before reaching southern Italy, stretching 870 kilometers (540 miles). BP, the main developer of the Shah Deniz gas field in …

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German FinMin Schaeuble to visit Athens, July 18/2013

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will visit Athens on July 18th 2013 and will meet with his Greek counterpart Yiannis Stournaras and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Speaking at the German Parliament, Schaeuble said that on the agenda of the talks will be “bilateral issues with emphasis in combating youth unemployment in …

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Greece’s new cabinet: Doric-style bullfighters… ?)

Prime minister Antonis Samaras felt the need to give some advice to his newly appointed ministers right after they were sworn-in on Tuesday.  This advice had more to do with their public appearance and was forwarded off camera, Greek media report. Apart form the usual congratulations as if they had already …

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“After them, the flood”: new Greek government with old stock; ND & PASOK run out of party officials

I really do not understand Greeks, especially Greek internet users, I mean. They have been claiming since the new government was announced last night, that we have a government of trolls. Yes, those famous annoying interneters surfing around the internet, starting an argument for the sole purpose to upset people. …

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Greece got a new government

After tough negotiations between Nea Dimocratia and PASOK,  ND-ND and PASOK-PASOK, the names of the new coalition government Nea Dimocratia-PASOK were announced on Monday evening. Antonis Samaras remains Prime Minister PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos becomes deputy PM and Foreign Minister Yiannis Stournaras remains Finance Minister In othe rimportant ministries: Defence: …

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NYT op-ed: Only the Left Can Save Greece

Samaras’ coalition government did not fall apart, the prime minister of Greece survived another crisis, however   the risk of early elections has not being averted. The economic austerity circumstances make the survival of any coalition government and Samaras in PM-chair for another three years almost impossible. Just to add some …

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Preveza: The little extra in the salad: oil stolen from grave lamps…

The little extra in the salads was not the super quality of  extra virgin oil. It was rather a macabre touch with an oil mix stolen from graves lamps. Whether it was olive oil, sunflower oil or whatever-oil it depended on the economic situation of the widows and the orphans were putting …

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Greeks survived “political crisis” weekend spitting seeds in watermelon contest

We, the Greeks living in this wonderful, sun-kissed and beauty-blessed country, survived another politically tense weekend.  We survived it without injuries and bruises. We, the simple Greeks: the average jobless, the employee on time-contract, the pensioner. In fact, our only care was whether we can afford to turn on the …

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Junior partner DemLeft withdraws ministers from Samaras’ gov’t

Political council and parliamentary group of Democratic Left accepted with overwhelming majority the party leader proposal to withdraw two ministers, two deputy ministers from Samaras’ government and also several general secretaries. “DemLeft requested its ministers to submit their resignation”, high-ranking party official Chatzisokratis told media short after 3:00 pm on …

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Greece’s crisis in times of …political crisis

What happened last night in Greece? I could summarize it in just a few words: we have very extrovert politicians in the government who prefer to carry out their disagreements in public than sit in an office and work out their differences in public. Otherwise I have no reasonable explanation …

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Save Greece’s ERT orchestra and music ensembles – sign petition

From all the scenarios about the temporary and permanent solution of shutdown public broadcaster ERT, not a single one refers to the musicians of the symphonic orchestra, the music ensembles and the choirs. Some guys  in the government – incl. the  so-called minister of culture – consider that Greeks do …

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Greek gov’t: ERT? What ERT? It’s the gov’t reshuffle, stupid

Last night they agreed. Prime Minister Samaras and his coalition government partners Venizelos (PASOK) and Kouvelis (Democratic Left) agreed about shutdown public broadcaster ERT. They just didn’t dare to speak openly about it.  Venizelos and Kouvelis  kept the ‘agreement’ in secret in order to continue negotiations with Samaras in order …

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