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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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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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The transfer of Holy Light divides Greece’s coalition government

It was first SYRIZA lawmaker Makis Balaouras, who claimed the Holy Light was a “pagan residue”. A couple of days later, the parliamentary spokeswoman of SYRIZA, Foteini Vaki described the Holy Fire as a “fake miracle.”  The debate about the transfer of the Holy Light from Jerusalem and the official …

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Greece to probe corruption in health sector worth €85billion

Greece’s parliament on Wednesday voted to open an investigation into alleged health scandals and corruption going back two decades, involving bribes and inflated prices for medical equipment and medicine. A broad majority of 187 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament approved a government proposal to look into suspected mismanagement between 1997 …

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Increased security measures in Greece’s Coptic churches after deadly blasts in Egypt

Greek police has increased security measures in Coptic churches after the deadly blasts in Egypt that cost the lives of 45 people. The three official Coptic churches located in Athens have been under strict surveillance and security patrols. The security plan went into effect already on Holy Monday, a day …

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Publisher Journalist Vaxevanis arrested for slander following lawsuit by BoG governor’s wife

Greek publisher and journalists Kostas Vaxevanis was briefly detained after  the wife of Greece’s central banker Yannis Sournaras filed a lawsuit against him for slander. A day earlier, Vaxevanis newspaper had alleged that Stournaras’ wife was using her husbands’ influence to acquire state contracts for the public relations company. A …

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Tsipras tells Merkel “Game Over!” Background Eurogroup Malta

“Angela, once you called me about my finance minister. Now, I call you about yours.” This is what Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, two days before the Eurogroup meeting in Malta on April 7,2017.  It was Tsipras’ phone call to Merkel that unblocked the …

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Tempi Tunnels make it possible: Athens-Thessaloniki in 4 hours (picts, videos)

The inauguration ceremony of the Tempi Tunnels had everything a Greek soul wishes: a religious blessing, the National Anthem, a wreath at the monument dedicated to National Resistance near by, a speech by the Prime Minister and an EU Commissioner. The three tunnels are at Tempi Valley and Maliakos-Klidi section …

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Ex Defense Minister Tsochatzopoulos released from prison after 5 years

The five-member Court of Appeals for Felonies decided to release from prison former PASOK Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos due to health reasons.Akis Tsochatzopoulos was convicted to 20 years imprisonment for bribes and money laundering. Total time he spent in prison is five years. By a majority of three to two …

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Police arrests Golden Dawn member for student attack, seeks 5 more people

Police arrested a man, the owner of the cafeteria where members of Golden Dawn were hanging out before they brutally beat a student on Friday. According to media, the arrested man is hired by the far right party for multiple job positions, one of them being at the office of …

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Turmoil as 20-25 MPs may have received the Christmas Bonus for low-pensioners

One more lawmaker of ruling SYRIZA admitted that he received the Christmas Bonus (13th pension) for low-pensioners although he receives a good and mostly tax-free salary from the Greek Parliament. Are these the only MPs? Hardly. Triantafyllos Mitafidis said on Friday that the mistake in granting the so-called once-off 13th …

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Golden Dawn office in Athens attacked with sledgehammers

A group of seven people wearing hoods and helmets and holding sledgehammers attacked a branch office of extreme right Golden Dawn in Athens on Friday morning. The assailants smashed windows and threw paint at the party bookstore at the ground floor after failing to break through the front door of …

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