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Economist: Troika is the 3-headed monster trapping countries in economic underworld

It looks as if slowly thε international community starts to realize that the grip of Troika’s imposed austerity leads to nowhere. Or better say: strict and merciless austerity leads right to the sharp teeth of a monster eating our flesh, to paraphrase the article “The euro’s hellhound -It is time …

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Troika-investigator MEP Karas sets the Greeks on fire

There is a news topic that it honestly surpasses me. It is complicated, it has lots of details of translation mistakes, pronunciations mistakes and lawmakers who don’t speak foreign languages and  to tell you the truth, I have no interest about. Yet I feel the need to post about it, …

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No Greek ID cards until March 2014 due to material shortages?

Is it true? Can this be true? That there is shortage of paper and adhesive tape for the issue of Identity Cards? According to zougla.gr, Greek police headquarters sent a memo to all police stations saying that they will have to wait until March with the issue of ID cards, …

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Farmakonisi Tragedy: 45 SYRIZA-members detained during protest at Maritime Minister’s office

Forty-five mostly students, members of left-wing SYRIZA youth section have been detained during a protest at the office of maritime Minister Miltiadis Varvitiotis on Thursday morning. While the protesters blame the police for ‘attacking them without reason’, reporters and also a SYRIZA lawmaker and the mayor of Komotini claim that …

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Early elections in sight? Samaras announces 440,000 jobs, while gov’t majority at risk

There is the fragrance of elections hovering in the smog-free air of Greece. The country’s government announces measures here and there, measures aiming to alleviate the suffering of the austerity-ridden society. Right after his arrival to Athens from Brussels and Kefalonia where he visited the earthquake-hit area, prime minister Antonis …

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Merkel’s “twin sister” lives in earthquake-hit Kefalonia

It needed an earthquake to find the allegedly long-lost twin sister of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The lady from Kefalonia appeared on the television screen during a report broadcast by the Greek Public Television (DT). Video: the woman thanks all institutions who rushed to provide relief to the earthquake-hit residents. …

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Greek Air Traffic Controllers cancel work stoppage, Jan 30/2014

Greek air traffic controllers canceled on Wednesday the 3-hour work stoppage scheduled for Thursday, January 30th 2014. All flights will operate as usually (source). The Greek flight controllers action was taken in the context of a Pan-European strike action in order to sustian air navigation safety.

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Greek Parliament Budget Office: taxes skyrocketed since 2010, up to 450% in fuel

The Budget Office of Greek parliament summarized the tax increases that took place since the country sought the aid of International Monetary Fund. The report was thought as an answer to finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras who denies the Greek households were overtaxed. “A series of tax increases from 2010 up …

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It rains taxes: pay until Jan 31/2014 or get heavy fines

Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers have just three days to get their euro banknotes together and pay up to five different taxes, they might be not able to pay due to liquidity shortage. If they miss the deadline, they will be see their debts to the state accumulated due to …

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Court gives life sentence to Pakistani who brutally attacked teenager girl in Paros

A Greek court sentenced the Pakistani who brutally attacked a teenager girl on the island of Paros with life sentence and additionally 25 years imprisonment.  The attack and sexual abuse of 15-year-old Myrto took place in 2012, when the girl had gone for a walk at the beach. The unconscious  …

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Greek gov’t relief measures: €600 for homes damaged by Kefalonia earthquake

Greek government announced a series of emergency measures to meet basic needs of residents of Kefalonia, hit by a powerful earthquake on Sunday. To start with, the government will disburse directly 100,000 euro to the municipality of Kefalonia and another 100,000 euro to municipality of Ithaki in order to cover …

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UPD: Greek Flight Controllers cancel work stoppage on Jan 30/2014

UPDATE: Greek air traffic controllers decided on Wednesday to cancel the 3-hour work stoppage scheduled for Thursday, January 30th 2014. All flights will operate as usual. KTG reported on January 27th 2014: Greece’s air traffic controllers will join the pan-European ‘industrial action’ and will launch a 3-hour work stoppage on …

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Greek skiers trigger avalanche in Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountain

A group of Greek tourists has reportedly triggered avalanche in Pirin Mountain, in ski resort Bansko, Bulgarian media reported. “Three Greek skiers tried the snow outside of the ski runs by Echemishte where yesterday two English tourists went missing. According to the rescuer on duty at Bansko, the three men …

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German Bundesbank: “Capital Levy” on citizens to avoid government bankruptcies

Germany’s Bundesbank said on Monday that countries about to go bankrupt should draw on the private wealth of their citizens through a one-off capital levy before asking other states for help. “(A capital levy) corresponds to the principle of national responsibility, according to which tax payers are responsible for their …

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