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Mainstream media fear-mongering campaign against SYRIZA

This was certainly one of the most fear-mongering propaganda launched by journalists to influence voter. Fined-tuned with the government propaganda against main opposition left-wing SYRIZA before the elections for the European Parliament last Sunday. It was one of Greece’s biggest private television channels that for consecutive three consecutive days it …

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Deputy FinMin: “Tax reduction in private vehicles & abolishion of solidarity levy”

Deputy Finance Minister Giorgos Mavraganis announced the tax reduction in private vehicles and the scrapping of the emergency solidarity levy of 1%-4% for annual incomes from €12,000 – €100,000+. He added that these changes will occur as soon as the economic conditions allow… Mavraganis stressed also that priority of the …

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Bleeding till the end: More taxes for Greek property owners

Do you remember Papandreou’s government famous campaign to legalize semi-sheltered spaces (ημιυπαίθριοι) in houses and apartments against a fee of at least some €800? The campaign launched in 2010 by then Environment Minister Tina Birbili and Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou was much praised in 2010 and 2011 as a mean …

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Greece’s Foreign Press Distribution company goes bankrupt

Do you wonder why you don’t find foreign newspapers and magazines in Greece? The reason is simple: the Foreign Press Distribution Agency in Greece went bankrupt and announced the suspension of its works. According to daily Imerisia,  the company has debts €748,509 to social security fund IKA, €3.5 million to …

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Council of State blocks transfer of Athens Water Company to Privatization Agency

Greece’s Council of State blocked the transfer of part of Athens Water Company stakes to Privatization Agency (TAIPED).  In clear words, this decision prohibits the privatization of Athens Water Company (ΕΥΔΑΠ) and mosτ possible also the upcoming privatization of 51% of the stakes of Thessaloniki Water company (EYAΔ). The Council …

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Fotis Kouvelis resigns as leader of Democratic Left (DIMAR)

Leader of Democratic Left Fotis Kouvelis submitted his resignation  just a few days after the European Parliament elections on Sunday that gave the center-left party a thin 1.20%. That is a total collapse for the party that it is claimed to have divided the left right after Greece entered the …

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Stournaras refutes Stournaras: he wants to stay in FinMin despite ND criticism on EP elections results

“I am not going to turn into a punching bag,” Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras had let his critics know through his close aides. “I do not wish to stay in the ministry under these circumstances,” Stournaras had felt the need to reply to criticism coming from Nea Dimokratia that …

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Greeks send resistance fighter Manolis Glezos, 91, to EP with more than 233K votes

Manolis Glezos, the WWII hero and resistance fighter, the man who took down the Nazi Flag from the Acropolis, is heading to the European Parliament after more than estimated 160,000 SYRIZA voters “crossed” his name on the ballot list. On Tuesday morning and with 31.14% of the ballots counted, Glezos …

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Greece EP Elections – Final Results: SYR 26.58% ND 22.71% GD 9.40%

These are the final results from European Parliament voting by 100% of polling stations counted:     SYRIZA 26.58% – 6 MEPS (Glezos, Sakorafa, Papadimoulis, Kouneva, Katroygalos, Chrysogonos) ND  22.71%  –  5 MEPS (Vozenberg, Kefaloyiannis, Spyraki, Zagorakis, Kyrtsos) GOLDEN DAWN 9.40%  – 3  MEPS (Synadinos, Fountoulis, Epitideios) ELIA/PASOK 8.02% – …

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Μain challenges SΥΡΙΖΑ faces following EP2014 and local election results

This is the first time a left-wing party claims victory in Greek elections. Now the challenge for Syriza is to come across as a competent political force ready to hold a wider lead over its rivals. Joanna P has summed up four main challenges SYRIZa faces after the European Parliament …

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Greece Elections 2014: What’s next with Nea Dimokratia and PASOK?

I twas short after the first European Parliament elections results on Sunday evening when Samaras’ party Nea Dimokratia let the public know that “it received the voters’ message.” A loss of 6.93% when compared to June 2012 results it was clear even to Nea Dimokratia hardliners, that they lost voters, …

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SYRIZA Tsipras meets the President, asks early elections

Just hours after the European Parliament elections result, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras asked for early elections. Alexis Tsipras’s statement after meeting with the President: “A new political landscape emerged from the EP elections with new correlation of powers. Coalition government parties ND and PASOk suffered losses of more than 11%. …

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Greece elections 2014: Winners and Losers

By 98% of the polling stations counted, the results form the voting for the European Parliament are:     SYRIZA 26.58% – 6 MEPS (Glezos, Sakorafa, Papadimoulis, Kouneva, Katroygalos, Chrysogonos) ND           22.74%  –  5 MEPS (Kefaloyiannis, Spyraki, Zagorakis, Vozenberg, Kyrtsos) GOLDEN DAWN 9.39%  – 3 MEPS (Synadinos, Fountoulis, Epitideios) ELIA/PASOK …

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Greece EP Elections 2014 – 24% counted: SYR 26.5% ND 23.1% GD 9.3%

The first wave of exit polls has been announced at 7 o’clock Sunday, May 25th 2014. The first wave of exit polls refer to European Parliament Elections and Attica Region. “The error margin is +/-2,” a pollster said to state NERIT TV. Live blogging continues below the exit poll results. …

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Greece Elections 2014: exit polls at 7pm, first results 9.30-10 pm

Ballots boxes closed at 7 p.m. on Sunday for the second round of municipality and regional elections and the voting for the European Parliament. Right after the closing of ballot boxes, at 7 p.m., pollsters are going to publish the exit polls. According to Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis, first official …

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Athens: Bullets found in PASOK Headquarters

A cartridge from an automatic weapon and two slugs were found on Sunday in the headquarters of Greece’s coalition government party PASOK in Charilaou Trikoupu Street in downtown Athens. According to Greek media, PASOK employees found a hole caused by a bullet in the wall of the office of party …

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Elections 2014 Opinion Polls: SYRIZA ahead of Nea Dimokratia

Two public opinion polls about the European Parliament elections show that left-wing SYRIZA is ahead of Nea Dimokratia even if the difference varies from 1% to 3.4%. Poll conducted by ALCO: SYRIZA 24.2% Nea Dimokratia 20.8% Golden dawn 7.7% To Potami 5.8% PASOK/ELIA 5.3% KKE 4.8% Independent Greeks 3.3% Democratic …

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