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The markets can’t wait! Greeks are fit for bonds

I have been physically and psychologically preparing myself for the historical moment when Greece would return to the markets and borrow money. In fact I’ve been preparing myself for the last two weeks with an intensive fitness and an extreme makeover program. I increased my brisk walking from 7 km …

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Do bloggers need a break? Yes, they do :)

Although it looks as if I have been neglecting blog posting in recent days – maybe weeks -, the truth is “No, I don’t – Yes, maybe”. The answer may sound very sincere and thorough, and it may also need some further explanation. One reason for the decrease of posts …

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The usual deja-vu Greek stuff…

There are no news. There are no ‘important’ news to report about. I mean, it’s the usual Deja-Vu Greek stuff: ‘tough’ negotiations with the Troika,  possible new austerity measures, thinkable new taxes, a small economic scandal here, a bigger waste of public money there. Or even a new neo-nazi delirium. …

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Greek “untouchables” …touched: a scandal per day keeps the crisis away?

Hardy has the button “publish” been pressed and a new financial scandal breaks out. Slowly but surely we have lost control over the counting” how many prominent and less prominent Greeks have been arrested, how many of them are free on bail, how many of them are remanded custody, how …

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Find spiritual transquility with Greece’s blessed EU partners

I feel a wonderful peace inside me today. It’s so beautiful, I find it hard to explain or describe it by words. It feels like resting in the arms of the angel, like being touched by the lighthearted flutter of a higher power.  I am about to reach the highest …

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Ι started to blog… again!

These weird clouds appeared in the sky already in the morning. They move slowly, ‘lazily’ -one could say – in the sky. In fact, I would venture to claim that especially this one, this huge, gray cloud, that looks loaded with snow and has the penetrating smell of frost, this …

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a quiet Saturday morning in November…

It certainly has advantages to wake up early in the morning. Especially in a sunny morning.  Especially at this time of the season. Although we are in first ten days of November, the sun still shines bright, even though a bit more chilly than in the previous month. It shines …

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Merkel – Steinbruck TV Duel on Greece: does it really matter?

I can tell you right away: no, it doesn’t! It doesn’t really matter what the Christian-Democrat, conservative and neo-liberal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and her Social-Democrat challenger Peer Steinbrueck exchanged on clever and quick statements, announcements and criticism last night, during their TV-duel. It doesn;t really matter what they …

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Three little birds sitting …on a wire

It’s time for the birds. For angry birds, for hungry birds, for birds longing to move away and they can’t. There are several different hindering these birds from open wings and fly away. To other places with less financial distress, less trouble-causing bureaucracy. Somewhere where the state mechanism functions and …

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Greece is boiling… with empty pockets

I am not going to talk about  the masses of municipality workers and policemen, civil servants, teachers and school guards who take to the streets every day protesting the upcoming lay-offs in the Greek public sector. I am going to talk about my friend Markos and my friend Giota. Two people …

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Greece’s crisis in times of …political crisis

What happened last night in Greece? I could summarize it in just a few words: we have very extrovert politicians in the government who prefer to carry out their disagreements in public than sit in an office and work out their differences in public. Otherwise I have no reasonable explanation …

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Greek gov’t: ERT? What ERT? It’s the gov’t reshuffle, stupid

Last night they agreed. Prime Minister Samaras and his coalition government partners Venizelos (PASOK) and Kouvelis (Democratic Left) agreed about shutdown public broadcaster ERT. They just didn’t dare to speak openly about it.  Venizelos and Kouvelis  kept the ‘agreement’ in secret in order to continue negotiations with Samaras in order …

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You’re damned alone, if you don’t believe in Greek economic recovery

You know what? After three years of austerity measures banging  our heads every once in a while, I can join Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and proudly announce “the crisis is over”. Almost. Somehow. Somewhere. Now. In the near future. In the far future. It doesn’t matter.  The signs of recovery …

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Great Expectations on tax lowering crashed by the wheel of IMF-steamer Christine Lagarde

With the Troika representatives back in Athens, Greece reportedly gives a battle to achieve the lowering of Value Added Tax in catering services and goods from  currently 23% down to 13%. So far the signals from the country’s main lender International Monetary Fund are not promising. Christine Lagarde was clear …

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Greek PM praises gov’t achievement: Grexit …”a sad memory”

Prime minister Antonis Samaras is excited. Excited about the achievements of his coalition government and thus less than a year at the leadership of the country. Conservative Samaras, all Nea Dimocratia lawmakers and finance minister Yiannis Stournaras are determined to make us believe that (theoretically) the crisis is over. The …

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Greek newspapers: how safe are Greek deposits?

When five Sunday newspapers speak about the safety of savers’ deposits  in their front pages, I think, it’s time we should start make thoughts about “how secured are deposits in Greece?” The Cyprus example might be “a template”, after all, as eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem recently said. Deposits in Greek …

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