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No ferries on May 1st 2017 as Greek sailors on 24h strike

All passenger ferries will remain docked across Greece on Monday, May 1, as the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) will go on a 24-hour strike to mark May Day. Among claims, the Greek seamen are demanding that their labor and social security rights are restored to pre-memorandum levels and that collective …

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Fast Forward Festival 4 – Visual Arts, Theater, Dance 2-14 MAY 2017

A contemporary festival, reclaiming public and private spaces in Athens and Piraeus, taking place within a fortnight. The 4th Fast Forward Festival explores the notion of home, of forced displacement and global strategies of precarization through socially engaged artistic practices. Can art imagine an alternative to our dominant models for …

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Schaeuble blames Greek Gov’t for review delays due to Easter break

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble blames the Greek government for the current delays in the review of the country’s bailout program. “The Greek government bore responsibility for current delays,” Schaeuble told reporters in Washington on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund spring meetings. Greece is to blame that its …

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Greece to gain soft power through the Ancient Civilizations Forum

The first Ministerial Conference of the states of the “Ancient Civilizations Forum” -AC Forum, more widely known as the GC10 – will take place in Athens on 24 April, with the participation of the ten countries that comprise this specific initiative.  The Forum is a cultural initiative among countries from …

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The Economic Scandals of the Greek Military Junta (21 April 1967)

21. April 1967: the Dark Day, when tanks rolled through the streets and the colonels imposed the dictatorship that lasted seven years. Fifty years have passed since that day, and the political narrative after 2012, i.e. when Golden Dawn started to rise, spread the fiction of the ‘economic miracle’ through …

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ELSTAT: Greece’s primary surplus reaches 3.9% of GDP in 2016

Greece improved its public finances last year, achieving a general government primary surplus of 0.7 percent of gross domestic product compared to a 5.9 percent of GDP deficit in 2015, the country’s statistics agency ELSTAT said on Friday. “The surplus of General Government for 2016, in accordance with ESA 2010, …

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Ex Defense Minister Tsochatzopoulos returns to prison after failing to provide 200K bail

Former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos was taken back to prison after his family failed to get together to sum of 200,000 euro needed for his bail. The former minister returned to prison after a a heart surgery in a public hospital. 77-year-old Akis Tsochatzopoulos has been convicted to 20 years …

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Greek PM Tsipras urges creditors to stop punishing Greece

In an op-ed to Wall Street Journal, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urges creditors to “end punitive approaches of the past”. He stresses that the differences between the International Monetary Fund and the Europeans are harming the Greek economy. The recent economic crisis persuaded the international community that long-term economic …

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Dijsselbloem: Income tax measures €1.8bn in 2019 if Greece misses targets

In a letter to the members of the Eurogroup, chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem summarized what was agreed upon at the meeting in Malta on April 7th 2017. In his letter Dijsselbloem reveals also what the Greek government agreed on the implementation of the additional austerity measures scheduled to be implemented in …

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