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Norman Atlantic: Rescued driver says drivers were “allowed” to sleep in their trucks

Although it is strictly forbidden, drivers were so to say “allowed” to sleep in their trucks and lorries in the car deck of the Norman Atlantic ferry. Speaking live to private Mega TV, driver Yiannis Vlyssidis admitted that he and his wife, but also quite a number of other drivers …

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PM Samaras: “Early elections result of partisan self-interest”; Parliament dissolves Dec 31/2014

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited the President of the Hellenic Republic Tuesday noon time for the necessary arrangements to dissolve the Parliament and proclaim early elections. “The big moment has arrived,” Karolos Papoulias reportedly told Samaras and expressed hope that “all goes well with the country.” The Prime Minister replied …

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UPD2 Freighter BLUE SKY M with 400-700 migrants sends distress signal; suspected armed people on board

Freighter BLUE SKY M has reportedly sent a distress signal due to suspected armed people on board. The latest position of the freighter was 3 nautical miles south of the island of Othonoi in the North-West of the island of Corfu in the Ioanian Sea and within Greek territorial waters. …

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Greece in the grip of freezing weather: snow also in Athens

Millions of snow flakes have been falling in the north suburbs of Athens and the surrounding mountains since the early morning hours. Mount Penteli and Parnitha are topped white, temperatures in the North of the city are near the freezing point. In some roads, vehicles move with snow chains. Video: …

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IMF and ECB will resume bailout talks with Greece’s new government

Snap elections in Greece? The statements of the country’s main lenders remind me of an old Greek song: “It’s midnight and the whole nature quietens…” The International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank said that they will hold bailout talks until after elections and will deal with the country’s …

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EU Commissioner Moscovici urges Greek voters to support “Europe” & “growth-friendly reforms” (lol)

Short after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced that early election will take place on January 25th 2015, Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, issued a statement urging voters to support Europe. In his statement Moscovici claimed that the reforms are “growth-friendly”, there where millions of …

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Greek PM Samaras: Early Elections 25. January 2015

The time of truth has come and the clock is ticking… The third round of voting for Greece’s next President will decide whether the coalition government of Nea Dimokratia and PASOK will stay in power or the country will head to snap elections. Sole Presidential candidate Stavros Dimas needs 180 …

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Were will the 180 votes for Greece’s next President will come from?

The second round of Presidential voting ended on Tuesday with candidate Stavros Dimas to have received 168 votes, far below the 200 needed. The votes came from the coalition Nea Dimokratia – PASOK (155) and 13 from independent MPs, among them two ex Golden Dawn. 2. round of voting – …

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Prosecutor shelves the case of attempted bribe of MP Haikalis

Further investigation to the claims of attempted bribe of Independent Greeks MP Pavlos Haikalis by a middleman is not necessary. Prosecutor Panayiotis Panagiotopoulos put the case in a nice file and put it on the shelves of history of modern Greek politics. In the reasoning the prosecutor investigating the case …

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PM Samaras’ proposal: Trading “Presidential votes” for “Ministerial posts”?

It was certainly a proposal that would have an indisputable impact: the proposal of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras who urged for consensus in the Presidential vote and indirectly promised in exchange “ministerial posts” to those MPs, who would vote for candidate Stavros Dimas. “After the presidential election, we can expand …

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FIDH: “Austerity measures constitute an unprecedented assault on human rights”

Austerity measures adopted in response to the economic crisis have adversely impacted human rights. The austerity measures traumatized the labor market and the healthcare system,  fuelled a sharp increase in unemployment,  triggered disastrous social effects, curtailed fundamental freedoms in Greece, denounce the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and its …

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Presidential vote: 2. round of voting on 23rd December 2014

The second round of voting for Greece’s next President will take place at 12 o’ clock noon on Tuesday, 23. December 2014. The voting procedure, a roll call, lasts 40 minutes. Just like in the first round of voting, coalition government candidate Stavros Dimas will need 200 votes to be …

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Merry Christmas to all readers of KeepTalkingGreece.com

Merry Christmas, dear KTG-ians, despite all political and economic odds! Enjoy the Holidays with the one you love, with your family, your children, your grandchildren, with your friends. And if you are alone… no worries, we all had to spend the Christmas Holidays together with a lonesome turkey drumstick sometimes …

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PM Samaras: “consensus on presidential vote, snap elections even end of 2015”

In a televised address to the nation Sunday noon, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras drew the highlights of his political strategy just two day before the second round of voting for the country’s next President that is going to take place in the shadow of the MP-bribery-scandal. “Consensus on the …

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Katerini: shop-owner has a heart for strays & makes our heart melt

The dog is peacefully sleeping on the pavement in the downtown of a city in Central Macedonia. He is covered with a blue and white bed duvet. Next to him is a tin pie pan with half-eaten dry food. The dog lays in front of a shop window with Christmas …

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Winter Solstice on December 21st: the longest night of the year

The shortest day of the year, the longest night occurs today, Sunday, December 21st. The so-called Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs in the North Hemisphere when the Earth North axis is at the longest distance to the sun. The phenomenon has to do with the elliptical orbit …

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PM Samaras to sue MP Haikalis over attempted bribery claims

The Press office of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras issued a statement on Friday night, saying the the prime minister will file a law suit against Pavlos Haikalis, the Independent Greeks MP who claimed an attempted bribery. According to Greek media, the statement came within minutes right after private MEGA …

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