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Jun

Minister resigns 2 hours after appointment – Only in Greece possible

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Sofia Voultepsi, deputy Health Minister in new Greek cabinet, submitted her resignation two hours after she was appointed to the post by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.  Late on Monday, Voultepsi (Nea Dimocratia) issued a statement saying that she would not accept the invitation by Antonis Samaras to the post of […]





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24
Jun
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Greece got a new government

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After tough negotiations between Nea Dimocratia and PASOK,  ND-ND and PASOK-PASOK, the names of the new coalition government Nea Dimocratia-PASOK were announced on Monday evening. Antonis Samaras remains Prime Minister PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos becomes deputy PM and Foreign Minister Yiannis Stournaras remains Finance Minister In othe rimportant ministries: Defence: […]





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24
Jun

NYT op-ed: Only the Left Can Save Greece

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Samaras’ coalition government did not fall apart, the prime minister of Greece survived another crisis, however   the risk of early elections has not being averted. The economic austerity circumstances make the survival of any coalition government and Samaras in PM-chair for another three years almost impossible. Just to add some […]





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24
Jun
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Preveza: The little extra in the salad: oil stolen from grave lamps…

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The little extra in the salads was not the super quality of  extra virgin oil. It was rather a macabre touch with an oil mix stolen from graves lamps. Whether it was olive oil, sunflower oil or whatever-oil it depended on the economic situation of the widows and the orphans were putting […]





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24
Jun
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Greeks survived “political crisis” weekend spitting seeds in watermelon contest

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We, the Greeks living in this wonderful, sun-kissed and beauty-blessed country, survived another politically tense weekend.  We survived it without injuries and bruises. We, the simple Greeks: the average jobless, the employee on time-contract, the pensioner. In fact, our only care was whether we can afford to turn on the […]





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21
Jun

Greek FinMin calls for immediate evacuation of ERT- Personnel: “We stay here!”

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Greek Finance Ministry called for the immediate evacuation of the headquarters of  public broadcaster ERT under occupation by the fire personnel. In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, the Ministry announced a plan for the compensation of the dismissed 2,656 ERT personnel. In a short statement, the Finance Ministry calls […]





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21
Jun

Junior partner DemLeft withdraws ministers from Samaras’ gov’t

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Political council and parliamentary group of Democratic Left accepted with overwhelming majority the party leader proposal to withdraw two ministers, two deputy ministers from Samaras’ government and also several general secretaries. “DemLeft requested its ministers to submit their resignation”, high-ranking party official Chatzisokratis told media short after 3:00 pm on […]





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21
Jun
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Greece’s crisis in times of …political crisis

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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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20
Jun

Thriller in Athens: Samaras coalition gov’t in impasse – Live blogging June 20/2013

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The meeting between PM Antonis Samaras, Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) and Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left) ended in impasse only 45 minutes after it started on thursday evening. It looks as if junior partner Democratic Left (Kouvelis) withdraws its support to Samaras. Kouvelis statement expected soon. 10:47 pm Fotis Kouvelis speaking: “I […]





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20
Jun
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Save Greece’s ERT orchestra and music ensembles – sign petition

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From all the scenarios about the temporary and permanent solution of shutdown public broadcaster ERT, not a single one refers to the musicians of the symphonic orchestra, the music ensembles and the choirs. Some guys  in the government – incl. the  so-called minister of culture – consider that Greeks do […]





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20
Jun

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

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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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19
Jun

Greek coalition gov’t partners to meet again Thursday on ERT – Live blogging from Athens June 19/2013

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The crucial meeting of prime minister Antonis Samaras with his coalition government partners Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) and Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left) started at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The three leaders seek a compromise on re-opening of public broadcasting ERT shutdown by Samaras’ order per Legislation Act on June 11th 2013. […]





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19
Jun

ΕΡΤ “No signal”: hilarious from Portugal :)

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Of course, the ERT issue is inspiring. Especially if there is “No signal” , hours – if not days – after the Council of State order. KTG-reader Bernardo from Portugal created and sent us three caricatures. Actors in famous Greek film worrying about ERT. Enjoy! Alan Bates & Anthony Quinn […]





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19
Jun

Dirty political games with ERT and justice

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Another crucial meeting between prime minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition government partners Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) and Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left) is scheduled for 6 p.pm. on Wednesday. Greece’s coalition government is on the verge of breaking apart over Samaras’ order to shut down public broadcaster ERT and his reluctant […]





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19
Jun

Athens: state hospital Sismanoglio CEO turns land plot into vegetables garden

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Finally! A Greek public servant started to think beyond the narrow paragraphs of bureaucracy and take advantage of given possibilities and options  for the shake and benefit of the public.  The CEO of Sismanoglio public hospital in Athens paved the way for a radical utilization of the garden plot surrounding […]





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18
Jun
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repost: ERT solidarity letter from Portugal, signed by 78 personalities – incl ex president

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KTG re-posts the “ERT solidarity letter signed by 78 personalities from Portugal” – incl a former president of the country -, after several people complained they could not open to read the post and got error message “Page not Found”.  LTG hopes it will work now. original post on June […]





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18
Jun

ERT – the day after Court decision: Lost in interpretations and proposals

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More than 12 hours after the Council of State ruled that the Greek government has to restart the transmission of public broadcaster ERT, nothing has changed. Except that the black on second channel of ERT ‘NET’ was replaced with color bars. ERT journalists continue to be on air with their […]





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18
Jun
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SD: German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) bribed Greek authorities

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German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) shut down its office in Athens due to a bribe scandal, German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports on Tuesday. Citing investigation findings from the prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt, SD notes that “Deutsche Bahn subsidiary in Greece is said to have “diverted” 315,000 euro to bribe contract givers.” […]





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17
Jun

Court rules: ERT must open again!!! – Live Blogging from Athens, Jun 17/2013

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The crucial meeting among Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) and Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left) meet at 7:30 pm. Coalition government cohesion is at risk after Samaras ordered the shut down of public broadcaster ERT on June 11th 2013. While the government leaders meet, […]





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17
Jun
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German FinMin wants to visist Athens

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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble expressed the wish to visit Athens. The wish was expressed during a phone conversation with his Greek counterpart Yiannis Stournaras on Monday. Greek media report that the German FinMin also told Stournaras that Greece has to continue with the reforms. Shcaueble said that Athens has […]





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