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Plans for Privatization of Greek Water Companies “freeze”

The project to privatize the Public Water Companies in Thessaloniki (EYATH) and Athens (EYDAP) is been on hold after the State Council ruled that the water has to remain “under strong state control.” The ruling makes the planned transfer of 67% of EYATH shares to private investors practically impossible and …

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UPD: Uninsured citizens in Greece to get free access to medicines

Citizens without insurance will be able to get free access to medicines after a joint decision by the Ministries of Finance and Health was published in the Official Gazette (FEK). “The decision will facilitate access to pharmaceutical system for uninsured and financially weak citizens,” Greek media report. Eligible to participate …

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Facebook conducted secret experiment on users’ emotions

Facebook has conducted a secret massive psychology experiment on its users to find out how they respond to positive and negative messages – without telling participants. What Facebook did was to alter the tone of the users’ news feed to highlight either positive or negative posts from their friends, which were …

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What’s going on in Greece? Oh, the usual stuff…

There is no news today. I mean, nothing new worth reporting that we have not wrote about in one way or another as we did in the last four years of economic crisis and austerity. Officially, Greece is doing fine. Unofficially, Greeks are confronted with the usual burdens: taxes that …

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EU leaders nominate Juncker as President of European Commission

EU leaders nominated former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker to be President of the European Commission. All EU leaders? All, except UK PM David Cameron and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban voted against Juncker. He is expected to win a vote by European Parliament MPs. Despite, Cameron’s strong opposition, 26 …

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Moderate Eartquake 4.7R in Aegean Sea, north of Andros island

A moderate earthquake with magnitude 4.8 R occurred short after 7 p.m on Friday, June 27th 2014. Epicenter was in the Aegean Sea, 47 nautical miles north of the island of Andros in Cyclades group. The depth was 10 km. The tremor was felt in some suburbs of Athens and …

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Crete: Missing Briton R. Arthur Jones, 73, “died of heat exhaustion”

The body of  missing Briton Robert Arthur Jones was found on August 3rd, at Rodopou, near the beach of Agios Pavlos near Chania on the island of Crete. A DNA test confirmed that the body found sitting on on the root of a tree, belonged to Jones. According to coroner, Jones’ …

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Priest refuses to baptize girl, 3, after she says “No”

A Greek Orthodox priest refused to baptize a 3-year-old girl after he asked her three times for her consent and she replied three times with “No”.  The obviously nervous priest took off his stole and refused to proceed with the holy baptizing procedure. He left despite the strong opposition by …

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Greece’s Public Sector on 24h Strike, July 9/2014

Public sector union ADEDY has declared a 24-hour strike for July 9th 2014. The union want to protest against lay-offs, the measure of “mobility scheme” and the new law on work evaluation and director positions in the public sector. The protest will start with several actions on Monday, June 30th, …

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Athens University Program SKIRON forecasts Sahara-Dust

The day looked ugly this morning. Some clouds almost intangible and pale grey had appeared in the sky in the East, like slowly moving giant pancakes or well-tarnished flying saucers. The phenomenon looked real odd. Meteorologists’ forecast was speaking of the hottest day of the summer in Athens with temperatures reaching …

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€500K-bail opens custody cell for ex Proton-banker Lavrentiadis

Former main shareholder of Proton Bank, Lavrentis Lavrentiadis is expected to be released from his custody cell after an Athens court decided his conditional release on a 500,000 euro bail. Lavrentiadis had requested for his release on bail citing serious health problems. Lavrentis Lavrentiadis, the once powerful businessman has been …

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PPC-unionists to start 48-hour rolling strikes, June 26/2014

Unionists at Greek Public Power Company (DEH) picked up this summer’s hottest day to start 48-hour rolling strikes in order to express their disagreement to the break-up and partial privatization of the Greek electricity company. The government will bring the relevant bill to the Parliament on upcoming Thursday and is …

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Greek Coast Guard discovers one more ton of heroin

It wasn’t just one ton of heroin that was smuggled in Greece, it was almost too. The second ton was discovered by the Greek coast guard on Sunday. 986 kilos and 600 grams of heroin, wrapped in 138 plastic packages were hidden in Togo-flagged tanker Noor-1 moored near the port …

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Μini heat-wave under way

It’s difficult to resume blogging after a long weekend on a nearby island spent in the usual summer tradition: eat, swim, eat, rest, frappe, walking, eat, drink, sleep… Nevertheless, a mini heat-wave is underway, the worst days are expected to be Thursday and Friday, June 26th and 27th 2014 with …

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Chinese PM arrives in Athens with €6.5bn in his suitcases

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang arrived Thursday afternoon in Athens afternoon where he was welcome with all honor relevant to the leader of a country: two military contingents,  a band playing marches and the national anthems of the two countries, a cooling breeze from Northwest was making the arrival in …

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