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Austrian NGO supplies Greek hospital with drugs & paramedic material for uninsured patients

Gauze, catheters, syringes, cotton, latex-gloves, but also drugs and medicine for cancer patients. Medical and paramedical material. A whole of 5 tons of aid has reached state hospital ELPIS. The humanitarian aid has the sole purpose to be used for patients without insurance. The aid has been sent to ELPIS …

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Greece always good for a laughter: on lowering V.A.T. in catering

I openly confess: despite the non-sstop austerity measures, the tax hikes and the strict income decreases that make living unbearable, Greece never stops from triggering a loud, healthy laughter. Maybe the government does it on purpose… you know… for psychological reasons. To make us laugh and forget our misery for a …

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Greek coast guards ‘catch’ boat with weapons heading to Turkey

Greek coastal guards and anti-terror units arrested four suspects allegedly carrying weapons to Turkey. In the early morning of Tuesday, coastal guards halted a seven-meter rubber boat sailing between the islands of Chios and Oinousses, just a couple of nautical miles away form the Turkish coast southern of Izmir. The …

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Greek police arrests personnel of shutdown ERT

Greek police arrested seven technicians and one journalist who attempted to restore the shutdown public broadcaster ERT on air. A group of former ERT personnel and supporters from opposition parties moved to Mount Hymettus in Eastern Athens and allegedly tried to switch the transmitter back on. Hymettus protest banner “ERT …

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Athens SOS: urgent appeal for cancer patient without insurance

A woman, 45, with cancer cannot afford to pay for chemotherapy drugs worth 4,450 euro. The Metropolitan Community Clinic in Elliniko, south Athens, made an urgent appeal seeking for donations. “The woman’s life is in danger, if she doesn’t start a course of chemotherapy drugs immediately,” said the MCC – …

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Samaras – Letta: Greek-Italian virtual reality

“Greece is emerging from the crisis” Italian prime minister Enrico Letta following a meeting with his Greek counter part antonis Samaras in Athens. “Greece is emerging from the crisis and Italy will stand next to it though the country which must, however stick to its pledged reforms,” Letta added. “We …

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No more additional taxes? EU agrees and demands more taxes from Greeks

While even EU politicians have repeatedly claim that Greeks cannot afford more taxes, the EU technocrats with the blessing of those EU politicians came to the conclusion that Greeks will have to pay the so-called ’emergency taxes’ also for the next years. In the latest European Commision report on Greece issued on Monday, …

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Journalist Union ESIEA expells Government spokesman over role in ERT shutdown

Greece’s journalist union ESIEA permanently expelled government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou over his role in the shutdown of public broadcaster ERT. As government spokesman Kedikoglou was also in charge of ERT. Greek public broadcaster ERT was practically shut down overnight on June 11th 2013. The decision was taken with 4:1 votes by …

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Larissa: Teacher suffers heart attack and dies after being laid-off due to Troika austerity

The shock of being sent to labor reserve and lose the income overnight was probably something the heart of the female teacher could not bear. On Saturday afternoon, the teacher felt unease and fainted.  The doctors of the hospital where she was transferred could only confirm their death. The teacher of Nursing …

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There is no news; or better say: there is nothing new

There are no news to report about. Because all news are not new. It”s just taxes and wildfires – a usual phenomenon in summer. And non-stop decisions by the Greek finance ministry. 1000+1 ways how to combat tax evasion. And that’s no new too. the latest since 2010 Greece tries …

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Deputy mayor of Chaidari arrested for extortion of local canteen owner

In cooperation with a victim of blackmail, Greek police arrested one of the deputy mayors of Chaidari suburb in Western Athens.  Marios Liakopoulos,45,  is to face charges on blackmail and bribes. According to Greek media, Liakopoulos was in charge of ‘operating licences’ for canteens, shops and other businesses and that …

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Serifos wildfires: residents & tourists jumped in the water

The flames started to lick the first houses in the settlements Megalo Livadi and Koutalas on the island of Serifos, one of the Cyclades islands group. As the authrities were evacuating the settlements, residents and tourists with suitcases in their hands moved towards the coast. Some jumped into boats, while others …

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Greeks gets 1.6% of bailout loans – 98.4% goes back to Troika

Only a tiny 1.6% of the bailout loans goes to Greece’s state budget, the real economy and the people. The rest 98.4% goes to serve the international creditors International Monetary Fund, European Union member states and European Central Bank. For the years 2010-20124, from the 236.8 billion euro bailout money …

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EWG OKs €2.5bn to Greece, EU official sees €3.8bn program shortfall

A good news and a bad news: the Euro Working Group approved the 2.5 billion euro bailout tranche to Greece. The announcement was made via …Twitter! The Euro Working Group of finance officials has approved the disbursement of a E2.5 billion aid tranche for Greece, European Commission spokesman Simon O΄Connor …

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Ioannina: unpaid stockbreeders break into dairy company demanding their money

Stones flew through the air and tear gas was fired when angry milk producers broke into a dairy company in Ioannina, western Greece. Hundreds of milk farmers gathered on Friday morning outside “Dodoni” milc factory demanding their money. “We have been unpaid for four months, we cannot feed our families,” …

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Three years in IMF, there are still tax “untouchables”: the caste of Greek millionaires

Three years after Greece sought the money of IMF and drained every employee, pensioner and property owner with unbearable taxes, Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras openly admits: there is still a caste of people the tax authorities do not dare to touch. People with millions in the bank who declare income below …

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