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EU Leaders vs Greek Voters: Huge Gap, Dangerous Cliff

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti supports ND Antonis Samaras, French President Francois Hollande support PASOK Evangelos Venizelos. The two leaders of the Greek parties that definitely support the austerity bailout. At the same time a, while the country heads for fresh elections, Greeks have developed an allergy towards the austerity and the …

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As Greeks Head to New Elections: Latest Public Poll

“Elections are over, long live the new elections!” This could be the slogan in Greece after 10-day government talks failed to come to a solution of a sustainable government. This happened for two reasons: First, because the austerity-hit and frustrated Greek voters were dispersed in all four directions of the political spectrum, thus …

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Is Solution for Greece a SPIEGEL-FOCUS-BILD Government?

It is a common accepted reality that mass media have an inclination to sensationalism. German weekly SPIEGEL got together “Five Horror-Scenarios for Athens” amid political instability due to failed coalition government talks,  the perspective of a left anti-bailout government and international threats for Euro exit.  To the wishful thinking of SPEIGEL belongs also …

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A Disillusioned Greek Voter…

I am tired. In fact, I’m exhausted. And fed up. To hear the same things again and again. EU and IMF urged for one more time Greece for “Reforms” and “Austerity”. Reforms I do not see; Austerity is what I feel on my skin. Day in and day out. And the …

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Greek Haircut: Bankruptcy and National Humiliation

I woke up this morning, the first day of the Salvation Year “Greece in Haircut” with some voices in my ear. I had fallen asleep on the couch, watching television. People were arguing on TV about the “50% Greek Haircut”. While I was sleeping, people I don’t know and never …

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Should Greeks Protest Austerity or Not?

There is nothing ‘up’ here today as Greece is trying to pick up yesterday’s pieces. Strikes. Clashes. Austerity. One man lost his life. Protester Dimitris Kotzaridis, 53, suffered a heart attack most likely due to distress during the clashes between ‘hooded men’ and members of the GreekCommunist Party union. The autopsy …

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Roesler in Athens – Long Live the New German Colony

Philipp Roesler, German economics Minister in Athens with a eager to invest businessmen delegation. He came, saw and conquered the hearts of the Greeks. Millions of  moustached Zorbas from the social class of “new poor” raised their ouzo glasses to the ever-lasting health of Roesler. Thousands of mourning Helectras applauded Roesler proudly announcing “Our presence here is …

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Greece’s “Reformers” Without ….Reforms

Everyone who follows the Greek governmental efforts to comply with the Troika dictates like opening professions and cutting state spending has been knowing this for long: Reforms are been voted, but reforms are not been implemented. The government is afraid to break with the guilds and powerful unions that fed for …

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Greeks Open Umbrellas – It Rains Taxes Again…

Today’s news lulls me sweetly. Running around the whole morning to fix issues does not exactly promote inspiration, clear thinking, cool analysis and sorting out. Today’s news is not good. As it hasn’t been in the last months. Increasing unemployment and one in five companies preparing to close. The market has dried …

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Watching Greek news, Aug 9

The stuffed eggplant lays a bit heavily in my stomach and I firmly believe that it is time to make a confession hoping for some relief. I suffer from an incredible difficulty to resume posting on a daily basis. My mind is filled with images of villages and seas, my ears …

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All Quiet on the Greek front

It’s all quiet on the Greek front this morning, twelve hours after the EU Leaders agreed to save Greece. The Euro zone Summit ended last night with lots of smiles and lots of unanswered questions by politicians and bankers. We still have to wait and see the details of the …

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That’s the Greece I like!

No, I don’t like been in trouble due to strikes especially in hot summer days. No, I don’t like to see the yellow-grey smog ring rising every day on the horizon and hear no measures to combat air pollution. No, I don’t like the increased ozone levels and hear the …

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IS this the EU we wanted? I don’t think so…

The European road has its reached dead-end. Call it “Greek crisis”, call it “Euro crisis” the European leaders prove day in day out that they are not able to deal with this challenge. EU leaders live in their own happy-go-merry world with some aging EU-gentlemen ridiculte themselves by  claiming they are sexy. If …

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Athens, June 29/11: Glorification of the Greek Democracy

I am so damned proud today! Greece showed that it is a truly democratic country and the people’s will prevails in rate 155:300. Inside the parliament the lawmakers dressed in light summer suits voted pro and contra the Mid-Term Austerity Programme. A 28 billion euro package containing wages, social allowances …

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Euro-Crisis: It’s all Greek to you…

…but it’s Chinese to me! Then for us, Greeks, the idiom “It’s all Greek to me” makes really no sense. However, whether in Chinese or in Greek, the Greek crisis makes no more sense to anybody. The Eurogroup in Luxembroug postponed its decision to release the 5th tranche of 12 billion …

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Disoriented in Greece

I am disoriented today. I feel the heavy load of the additional austerity measures over my shoulders. I have been hanging on the phone and e-mail box the whole morning. Friends call and we exchange views on the measures. Despair. Hopelessness. Internet friends send e-mails asking about Greece’s economic future. What can I …

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Additional Greek Bailout: A Blessing or a Curse?

The new bailout for Greece is unofficially sealed according to international and national media. A pretty packed additional aid of estimated €30-35 billion, revenues of €25 billion through privatizations and a kind of debt ‘recycling’ for €20 billion through private investors will apparently help Greece meet its creditors’ expectations and state expenditures needs. Details of the new deal …

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