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Troika shuts down schools & kindergartens; more than 1,000 closed since 2011

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A total 118 public elementary schools and kindergartens will be shut down this summer and another 29 will be merged after the Troika demands for “structural reforms”, “rationalization of state expenditure” – name it whatever you want. The 31 schools and 87 kindergartens to be shut down are located in […]





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Jul
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Three little birds sitting …on a wire

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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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24
Jul
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Germany may delay €2.5 billion bailout tranche to Greece

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Has Greece fulfilled all the conditions to receive the next bailout tranche of 2.5 billion euro? According to German deputy Finance Minister apparently not. In a letter to German Parliament (Bundestag) Steffen Kampeter claims, that the debt-ridden and slow-in-reforms country has  completed 17 out of 22 required measures. While Athens […]





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23
Jul
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Eurobarometer: 98% of Greeks say “economy poor”, 90% do not trust the government

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98% of Greeks describe the situation of the national economy as “poor”, while 90% tend to not trust the government and 89% do not trust the parliament. These are among others the Greek results of an EU survey, the Eurobarometer. 98% of Greeks and 72% of EU citizens describe the […]





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23
Jul

Marfin Bank executives found guilty of manslaughter of 3 bank employees during anti-austerity arson

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An Athens misdemeanors court ruled that three executives of Marfin Bank were guilty of manslaughter of three bank employees who died during a fire, when the bank they worked in was attacked by arsonists during anti-austerity protests in May 2010. The CEO of Marfin Bank, the head of bank security […]





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23
Jul

Ship owner Victor Restis arrested on suspected embezzlement & money laundering charges

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What’s wrong with the Greek businessmen? They establish banks, invest in the media sector and then they meet altogether in prison? Ship owner Victor Restis was arrested on Tuesday morning on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. He is accused of using his influence over the First Business Bank (FBB) […]





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23
Jul

Olympic Air stops flights between Athens and Thessaloniki, Iraklio and Rhodes

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Olympic Air stops flights between Athens and Thessaloniki and Iraklio (Crete) as 13. October 2013. OA also cuts flights between Athens and Rhodes as of 30. September 2013. In a letter to travel agents and associates, Olympic Air said that: “Passengers with reservations for any flights to or from these […]





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19
Jul

Merkel warns: another Greek Debt Haircut would destabilize the euro zone

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OK, the Germans repeat it once per day until we consolidate their policy: no second debt write down. A second debt restructure could cause trouble to recent stabilization of the euro zone area, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday. A day after her Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble expressed the same […]





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19
Jul
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Church Heritage project for €2.5 million? “No, thanks,” says Archbishop Ieronymos

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It’s the same old mentality that rules here: get as much public money as possible. It’s the same old mentality that prevails here and makes us, average Greeks believe that “nothing will change in this country.” In times of harshest austerity with families unable to feed their kids and patients […]





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19
Jul

Athens: Protesters attack Health Minister during hospital inspection

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Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis had to experience the outrage of protesting hospital personnel when he visited Attikon public hospital on Friday morning. The minister was allegedly verbally attacked and even punched in the face amid hurled water bottles and plastic coffee mugs. Protesters had gathered at the hospital entrance, while […]





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19
Jul
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GER Schaeuble goes, US Lew comes…

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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble left Athens on Thursday after an intense visit: three interviews, five appointments, one conference, one working lunch. All these in just height hours. He came, saw and conquered. No the hearts of the citizens of besieged Greece but the hearts of the German taxpayers and […]





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18
Jul
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One out of three laborers in Greek tourist sector work without insurance

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Uninsured work in the Greek tourist sector tends to turn into a plague. Controls in Greek tourist resorts conducted by labor and insurance funds institutions showed that one in three workers in the tourist business work without social insurance. Control checks were conducted in the month of June in 1,345 […]





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18
Jul

Schaeuble in Athens: “Greece must stop discussion of debt haircut”

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“Greece must stop lobbying for a second restructuring of its debt,” German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Thursday, saying that “this was not in the country’s best interests.”. Speaking at an event organized by the Greek-German Chamber of Commerce in Athens Hilton, Scaheuble advised Greeks “My advice is not […]





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18
Jul
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Schaeuble in Athens: Mahlzeit :)

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Whoops! German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble apparently arrived very hungry in Athens. Most possibly because he is a hard-working and industrious German who wakes up early in the morning and eats his breakfast before he leaves home for office or other important meeting. An early breakfast craves for an early […]





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18
Jul

Athens: Schaeuble is here – hopefully not to stay

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German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble arrived in Athens on Thursday morning. Like a modern emperor. he will hold meetings with the political leadership of the occupied territories. He will meet almost everybody responsible for the implementation of the austerity program and the execution of the highest orders: The prime minister […]





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18
Jul
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Greek Parliament: 153 YES for lay-offs in public sector

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With a thin majority of 153 votes out of 300 lawmakers in total, Nea Dimocratia and PASOK approved the multi-bill that will sack more than 25,000 civil workers until the end of 2014. The bill with 109 articles, in fact a new tsunami of austerity measures, includes also provisions for […]





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17
Jul

Athens: Four Metro stations closed just for one …Schaeuble *sigh*

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Schaeuble comes, Greeks go… Αthenians are going to be in real trouble tomorrow due to the visit of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, Not only the city center will be cordoned and public gatherings are banned by the police, public transport means will not be able to operate as usual […]





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17
Jul

Golden Dawn MP calls German FM Westerwelle “Mrs.”

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Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panayiotaros called German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle “Mrs.”. During a speech in the Greek Parliament, Panayiotaros referred to the visit of finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and said he was not in charge of the German WWII reparations to Greece. Addressing the Parliament, Panayiotaros said: “The government […]





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17
Jul
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Skouries: Eldorado Gold announces delay in Greek and Romanian projects

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Slowly and gradually it looks as if Canadian Eldorado Gold steps backs and reconsiders its plans of gold mining in Greece and Romania. Official justification is the sliding prices of gold.I don’t how if there were protesters in Romanian project, but things are expected to calm down in Halkidiki peninsula […]





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17
Jul

Greek police bans public gatherings in Athens during German FinMin’s visit, July 18/2013

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Greek police issued a statement on Wednesday announcing the ban of public gatherings in downtown Athens due to the visit of German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Public gatherings and marches will be banned from 9 a.m. in the morning until 8 p.m. in the evening ‘due to security measures,’ police […]





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