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Apr
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Growth is here! Greek Gov’t opens job vacancies for 6 alternate ministers

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Growth arrived in Greece. Finally. After five years of recession. Growth is here to stay. To mark this joyful news. Prime minister Antonis Samaras opened seven job vacancies for high state positions. Published at the official government gazette are the positions for six alternate ministers for Administrative Reform, Justice, Public […]





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19
Apr

Lucky freezing Greeks: heating oil consumption decreased 68.7%, but revenues rose

Posted by in Economy, Society

Why did we freeze all through the winter? Because the Greek finance ministry had raised the special consumption tax in heating oil, while the tax in natural gas was raised a year before. What did the ministry win from having us on cold show? It raised more revenues – more […]





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19
Apr

Manolada: all 3 foremen involved in strawberry-workers shooting arrested

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Greek police arrested the three foremen suspected of shooting at immigrant workers demanding outstanding wages. Two of the suspects,  27 and 39 years old, were arrested at a lawyers’ office in Amaliada on Friday morning, just hours after the youngest suspect, 21, was arrested while on the street of the […]





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18
Apr
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German FinMin Schauble on Cyprus: confused, absent-minded or just a tricky politician?

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We all remember German finance minister Woflgang Schaeuble claiming that Cyprus was not systemically relevant for the euro zone. His slogan was more or less that the collapse of Cyrpus’s banking sector would not affect the eurozone as the impact could not be systemically. Today, Wolfgang Schaueble claimed exactly the opposite: that […]





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18
Apr

Manolada: shocking video from strawberry fields shooting – injured workers to be deported

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Several people lay down, unable to move. Others suffer in pain. More people are standing exciting and speak in a language we don’t understand. The exclusive video uploaded by daily Kathimerini on its website, displays footage filmed short time after the shooting at immigrant workers near the Manolada strawberry fields […]





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18
Apr

Greek gov’t seeks military camp to serve as prison for state debtors

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Gradually, Greece turns into the 21st century version of the dark and gloomy world of Charles Dickens: with households burning wood for heating,  with workers working for nothing, … and to put the icing on the Greek cake, soon also with debtors’ prisons.  What we reported in January, turns into reality: tax prisons! The government seeks […]





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17
Apr

Manolada: Shots fired on immigrant workers when they asked their wages; 28 hospitalized

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At least twenty-eight strawberry field workers from Bangladesh were transferred to hospital with light injuries on Wednesday afternoon after being shot by the foremen of their employer. The incident occurred  at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the 41st kilometer of the highway between Patras and Pyrgos in Peloponnese. A large group […]





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17
Apr

Where did Greek taxpayers’ money go? To rather useless state organizations…

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“There went the taxpayers’ money!” said a friend upon reading the list of organizations currently considered to close down or merged by the Greek government. “Research Center Kolokotronis? Institute for Cretan Law? Academy for Freedom? What are these? What do they do?” my friend started to read out loud down […]





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17
Apr
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One in four chronic-ill Greeks cut on food & electricity to buy medication

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Economic hardship – chronic sickness: one of the real plaques that hit thousands of Greek households suffering from income cuts, tax hikes, cuts in health care and welfare and increase in health care participation. According to a nationwide survey, one in four Greeks suffering from chronic illness have to cut […]





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17
Apr

Trikala: Fundraising for …garbage collection

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What do people do when garbage bins are full and the local council has no money to collect it? Fundraising! Residents of Farkadonas village by Trikala in Central Greece decided to raise funds in order to fill up the tanks of municipality garbage collectors and get rid of the smelly […]





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17
Apr
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90% of Greeks want government to pursue Germany over WWII reparations

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That’s an interesting public opinion survey result that will increase pressure for the Greek government to carry on with the WWII demands from Germany. Eight in ten Greeks believe, the government should pursue Germany over the reparations for damages during the 2. World War. Even if some compensation was given […]





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16
Apr

Greek doctor among medical personnel saving lives of Boston victims

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It must have been a hell on Monday in Boston. Μore than 170 injured people had been treated in hospitals of the area, with many of the injured to have suffered devastating trauma and even have lost limbs. Despite the devastating injuries, the loss of lives was kept down and […]





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16
Apr
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Got the feeling, the world stands still after Boston terror and Iran earthquake

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I got this feeling today, the world stands still. The double terror attack in Boston during the historical Marathon on Monday woke up painful memories.  Three people are dead, among them an 8-year-old boy. The injured are more than one hundred… Authorities investigate both external and internal factors. And then […]





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15
Apr

Scandal! Greece turns ‘fakelaki’-bribes legal through law provision

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Unprecedented! Greece passed a law that legalizes the bribes asked by doctors and civil servants. These bribes are commonly called ‘fakelaki’ (little envelope) as the citizens tend to hand them over in an envelope. The law provision was submitted in March to the Greek parliament by professor Yiannis Panousis, MP […]





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15
Apr

Greek PM hails Troika-deal, announces dismissal of 15,000 civil servants & new hires

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He could hardly suppress his enthusiasm. A visibly touched prime minister appeared in our TV screens on Monday noon. Antonis Samaras hailed the deal with Greece’s international lenders painting with pink colors the future of Greece. Skillfully underlining the country’s achievements with a voice that trembled with passion and pride, […]





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15
Apr
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Athens: a jobless, an unpaid worker: two men commit suicide on a single day

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Saturday morning in Vrilissia, short after 11 o’ clock: a man walks on the street. Suddenly he hides himself in the bushes. Flames arise from the green, screams are to be heard. A driver of a passing car, stops and rush to  extinguish the fire, calls the ambulance. The man is rushed […]





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15
Apr
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Troika gives Greece ‘green light’ to disbursement of €2.8 bn bailout tranche

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Greece’s international lenders, representatives form EU, IMF and ECB gave the green light for the rapid disbursement of the 2.8 billion euro bailout tranche, after negotiations with the government that lasted several days. “The recent steps taken by the (Greek) authorities indicate that the March targets will be fulfilled soon, so […]





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15
Apr

Skorpios says “Goodbye” to Onassis era as trucks transport furniture

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Hardly has been the sale of Skorpios officially announced and workers moved in to start the …move out. Trucks loaded with expensive furniture and rusty construction machines get on the ferry boat, carrying away the memories of a legend,  the myth of Aristotle Onassis – the poor boy that managed to acquire a wealth, […]





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14
Apr
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Athina Onassis sells legendary Skorpios to Russian billionaire’s daughter

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Skorpios: the small island on the Ionian Sea, where legendary tycoon Aristoteles Onassis married Jacqueline Kenndy, changes ownership. Half a century after Onassis purchased the island,  his granddaughter Athina, 28, sold it to Ekaterina Rybolovlev, 24, daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry. After several days of scenarios circulating in the Greek press, […]





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14
Apr
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Greek Communist Party (KKE) changes leadership after 22 years

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After two decades, Greek Communist Party (KKE) changed its leadership.  during the 19th congress the party’s cental committee announced the new leader: Dimitris Koutsoumpas. The new leader replaces Aleka Papariga who was holding the chair of general secretary for 22 years. Dimitris Koutsoumpas, 58 is an economist and descent of […]





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