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22
May

US Journalist Greg Palast meets “Big Fat Greek Minister” – an OMG piece!

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Investigative US journalist Greg Palast writes about his experience meeting the “Big Fat Greek Minister”; that is high ranking socialist PASOK member, elected lawmaker for almost three decades and aspiring businessman, Theodoros Pangalos. The man who was in the middle of the Greek nomenclatura and who provoked Greeks claiming the […]





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22
May
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SBS: Golden Dawn wants to be as charitative as “Hezbollah in Lebanon”, says MP

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Greece’s neo-nazi party has apparently a noble cause. Only to help people in need, “like the Hezbollah does in Lebanon”. That was said by GD MP Ilias Panagiotaros to Australian network SBS “Dateline” program. Furthermore, the lawmaker suggested that instead of people committing suicide, they should rather “kill those responsible for […]





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22
May

Youth unemployment in West Macedonia tops EU27 list with 72.5% !

Posted by in Economy, Society

A Greek record nobody should be proud of: Youth unemployment in Western Macedonia tops the EUROSTAT list with 72.5%. That is only one out of four of young people aged 15-24 has a job. According to EUROSTAT , “Regional Unemployment Data for 2012″, released on Wednesday,  Western Macedonia is followed […]





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22
May

2 bailouts + 1 haircut = Greek public debt at €309.4 billion in 1Q 2013, as much as in 2010

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Two bailout agreements, total aid of 240 billion euro,  and one bonds’ ‘haircut’ later…. Greek public debt remains as high as it was in 2010 – the year in which Greece sought the ‘rescue’ by the International Monetary Fund. In the end of first quarter of 2013, the total debt […]





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21
May

What a shame! Greek FinMin to collect taxes even by those with €300 monthly income

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Do you owe money to the Greek state? You have a debt to the tax office? A new circular regulates the installments that make it easier for you to pay your debts. The generosity of the Greek finance ministry and the Troika set an unprecedented example on how the poor […]





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21
May

Russell Crowe in Greece tweets “Yassou Mykonos”

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Famous Hollywood actor Russell Crowe spent a few days in Greece and thus on the island of Mykonos. Excited about the colors of the sun and sea in, out and around the Greek islands, Crowe tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: Russell Crowe‏@russellcrowe 3h “How is it that I’ve lived 49 years […]





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21
May
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Attention investors, Greece is calling: 5-year residence permit for real estate worth at least €250K

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Greece repeats its formal invitation to investors granting residence permits for five years. Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis proudly announced the real estate incentives on private Mega TV on Tuesday morning. “[non-European] citizens who buy a real estate worth at least 250,000 euro will be granted a visa and residence permit for 5 years.” […]





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21
May
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Zizek’s “Gulags” turn Greek politics into …”Gulash”

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There is Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. He is apparently known for controversial comments triggering strong reactions. Whether Zizek has a weird sense of provocative humor or he believes what he says, I really cannot tell. And then there is Alexis Tsipras,  leader of left-wing SYRIZA, leader of main opposition party […]





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21
May
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Crete: prosecutor wants 2 years imprisoment for widow, 90, for illegally receiving allowance

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A prosecutor at a court in Chania, proposed a two-year prison sentence for a 90-year-old widow. The woman had illegally collected allowance by the social security fund IKA, after the death of her husband. For seven consecutive years, the widow received allowance payments totaling 67,000 euro, in addition to pension […]





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21
May

US State Dept concerned over rising anti-Semitism & racism after Golden Dawn in Parliament

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US State Department expressed concern about rising anti-Semitism and racism after the election of extreme-right Golden Dawn to the Greek Parliament in June 2012. In its annual report “International Religious Freedom for 2012″, released on May 20th 2013, the State Department notes among others that “immigrants and refugees fall victim […]





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20
May

Suicide rate climbed 26.5% in 2011 – mostly women

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Suicides exploded in 2011, the second year of the economic crisis and the loan agreements. It was mostly women who took their lives. The region of Attica, where also Greek capital Athens lies, saw 172 of its residents finding not other way to their problems than put an end to […]





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20
May
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Online tax returns submissions to begin this week

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Are you ready? The countdown started for the submission of income tax declaration for earnings during 2012. Or even no earnings. But it’s austerity- and Troika-times. “Greeks will be able to begin filling their income tax returns online later this week,” the finance ministry said on Monday, apparently unaware that […]





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20
May

Crete: Dutch “clown” in psychiatric facility for attempted murder of Russian boy

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Dutch hotel employee Cirino Schrijver was arrested and transferred to a special detention facility where he will receive psychiatric treatment until his trial, Greek media reported on Monday. Cirino Schrijver, 20, faces court charges of attempted murder of 12-year-old Russian boy Nikita. Schrijver is suspected to have stabbed Nikita 20 […]





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20
May

What does it mean “signs of hope” in Greek economy?

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I am indeed very keen to know whether Greece is turning the misery page and swimms towards its economic recovery, or we’re just waiting around the corner with our nose in the air scenting the atmospheric high moving towards Greece. Or not. Here in the sun-kissed but debt-ridden country, we have […]





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