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Jul

ECB approves easing of Capital Controls – Details

Posted by in Economy

The European Central Bank gave the “green light” to Greece to further ease the capital controls imposed in June 2015. The ECB decision follows a request submitted by governor of Bank of Greece, Yiannis Stournaras, last week. The ECB decision was made public by the governor of BoG, who, however, […]





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18
Jul

Moscovici praises Greeks – apparently for being still alive despite strict austerity

Posted by in Economy

There are times when I have the strong feeling that Greece’s lenders do troll Greeks. Take an example an European Commissioner for economic and financial affairs, Pierre Moscovisi, who is in Athens today. Speaking at the special joint committee in the Parliament Moscovici said that he is “an ardent fan […]





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18
Jul

Erdogan turns Coup crackdown into Witch Hunt

Posted by in Politics

The moment Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was waiting for: to have the chance put all his real and fictive enemies in a bag and throw them in the water – in prison, in this case. Whether moderate Islam supporters of his ex mentor Preacher & Scholar Fettulah Gulen, whether […]





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18
Jul

Independent report: The Seven Errors of IMF in Greek Program

Posted by in Economy

An auditors’ body consisting of independent economists investigated the first Greek Program. In their report the economists sharply criticize the International Monetary Fund and record seven mistakes the IMF did in the Greek program. According to daily Kathimerini that exclusively published the report, the group of  independent economists and specialists […]





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17
Jul

UPD “Austerity Air Conditioning”: One A/C for two rooms – seen in hotel in Greece

Posted by in Tourism

The tourists were surprised about the construction and tried to find out what it was. It was “austerity air conditioning” or “shared A/C” : One A/C for two rooms. The hotel is on the island of Lefkada at the Ionian Sea. Κουβαρντάς Έλληνας ξενοδόχος … Αιρ κοντισιον για 2 δωμάτια […]





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17
Jul

Hijacked Helicopter returned to Turkey, Greece raises charges against 8 military officers

Posted by in Politics, Turkey-GR

Turkish pilots arrived in Greece and flew the military Black Hawk helicopter back to Turkey on Saturday night, while the 8 passengers, the alleged Coup supporters who fled into the neighboring country and sought political asylum, were taken before the prosecutor on Sunday morning.   The three majors, the captains […]





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16
Jul

Turkey: Anti-Coup mob in delirium lynch to death “revolting” soldiers

Posted by in Politics

It might have been a clever move by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to urge people to the streets to “support democracy” against the coup attempt on Friday… But in several incidents Erdogan’s supporters got out of control: they lynched soldiers, the average foot soldiers who most probably were just […]





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16
Jul

UPD3 Turkish Helicopter with 8 people on board makes “emergency landing” in Greece’s Alexandroupolis

Posted by in Politics, Turkey-GR

A Turkish helicopter with seven people on board landed in Alexandroupolis in north-eastern Greece close to borders with Turkey, on Saturday morning. According to preliminary information the helicopter sent out a distress signal at 11:45 am citing problems in the engine. It landed in Alexandroupolis airport at 11:51. Passengers are […]





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15
Jul

Turkey – Military Coup: Erdogan tries to reach Istanbul

Posted by in Politics, Turkey-GR

Friends were sitting on their balcony in a suburb in Turkish capital Ankara, when they heard a loud noise short after 10 o’clock in the evening. They saw F-16 fighter jets flying and thus rather low over the heart of the city in Kizilay, where major government buildings and the […]





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15
Jul

Trikala: Police arrests street vendor for selling pop-corn without license

Posted by in Society

The Law and nothing but the Law. And the Implementation of the Law. Police in the city of Trikala in central Greece, handcuffed a 34-year-old man because he was selling pop-con on the streets without having previously obtained a license. The ‘criminal’ was taken to the The man was taken […]





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15
Jul

Sinister trade: Food Merchant offers jobless mother of two “free meat” for “flesh”

Posted by in Society

A sinister trade. A wealthy merchant in the city of Patras, in western Greece, offered an impoverished mother of two “meat for free” if she would agree to give him her …”flesh.” The mother of two underage children and divorcee has been suffering from the impact of long-time unemployment, she […]





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15
Jul

Anti-authoritarian son of SYRIZA Minister sentenced for “disturbing public peace” outside Golden Dawn offices

Posted by in Politics

An Athens Misdemeanors Court imposed a 14-month imprisonment to the son of a SYRIZA Minister for attacks that occurred last month outside the offices of far-right Golden Dawn in Maroussi suburb of northern Athens. The 21-year-old man and each of three other defendants were sentenced to 14-month imprisonment with 3-year […]





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15
Jul

Afghan man dies after fight among countrymen breaks out at Elliniko reception center

Posted by in Very Mix

An man died and two others were hospitalized after a violent clash broke out among Afghans migrants on Thursday evening in the reception center of Elliniko in south Athens. The man stabbed and beaten during a fight with a group of fellow countrymen. He died a few hours later at […]





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15
Jul

Horror of a new kind in Nice: Truck plows into crowds, killing 84, injuring dozens

Posted by in Politics

A horror of new kind: A driver mows a large truck into thousands of people celebrating the Bastille Day at the Promenade of Nice in southern France. 84 people among them 10 children were killed, dozens were injured, 18 of them are in critical condition. Police shot the driver, found […]





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14
Jul

Thessaloniki: “No Border Camp 2016” on Migration meets angry reaction of university & local authorities

Posted by in Very Mix

The first tents were set up on Thursday morning in the outdoors area of the campus of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, northern Greece. A group of some 50 participants has already arrived to prepare the facilities for the «No Border Camp – Thessaloniki 2016». The initiative around Refugees and […]





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14
Jul

Sold for just €45million: Italian Railways buy Greece’s TRAINOSE

Posted by in Economy

Greece accepted on Thursday a 45-million-euro (£37.5 million) bid submitted by Italy’s state railways for its state rail company TRAINOSE, Greek state media reported. Italy’s state railways Ferrovie dello Stato [IPO.FERR.MI] last week submitted the sole binding bid for TRAINOSE, which is being sold under the government’s privatisation programme. The […]





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14
Jul

The scent of Euro: Greece to “hire” dogs to sniff out cash in suitcases

Posted by in animals, Economy

What is the scent of euro banknotes? Old ink? Musty paper? Wooden fiber? Do banknotes absorb the smell of the place where they were stored? Do euro banknotes smell like Mattress mites? Flowerpot soil and baked terracotta? And how does the color affect the scent? Do 500-euro banknotes have the […]





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14
Jul

Scandal: Greece scraps Property Tax (ENFIA) deduction for the poor

Posted by in Economy

A Greek taxpayer no longer needs an accountant or a kind of consultant to tell him how to deal with the family income. The Greek Finance Ministry has appointed itself to this role. And it rules that when you have an income plus you must directly give it to the […]





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13
Jul

Clinton vetting retired Navy Admiral & ex NATO commander James Stavridis for Vice President

Posted by in Politics

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign is vetting retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis as a potential vice presidential running mate, a source with knowledge of the process told Reuters on Tuesday. Stavridis is dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University near Boston and a […]





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13
Jul

Two children, two adults drowned trying to reach Lesvos

Posted by in Very Mix

A girl, estimated between 4 and 6 years old, another child, a man and a woman were pulled dead from the sea area east off the island of Lesvos after a boat carrying refugees capsized. The plastic dingy had left the Turkish coast with eleven refugees on board. The shipwreck […]





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