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Feb

Two Greek Photo-Journalists take legal action against Associated Press for “infringement of copy right”

Posted by in Very Mix

Two Greek photo-journalists filed a legal complaint against international news agency Associated Press (AP) claiming “infringement of intellectual property rights law.” According to Nicholas Giakoumidis and Dimitris Messinis,   “thousands of their photos with a market value totaling hundreds of thousands of euros have been used for commercial purposes without […]





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3
Feb

UPD “Hot Spots? No, thanks” say Kos residents & have Defense Minister land on a field with cows

Posted by in Politics

Greek Defense Minister and junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos had an unpleasant experience this morning. On a Chinook helicopter and in the company of high-ranking army and migration officials he took off from Athens and set the route to Kos in the Eastern Aegean Sea. The purpose of ANEL-Chairman Kammenos […]





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3
Feb

Tax Shock! Greek gov’t to raise income tax to 50% for €60K-incomes. Really?

Posted by in Economy

The Greek government aims to get additional 400 million euro revenues from taxes alone in the current year. But where it will get them from? From the better-earners. Therefore it reportedly submitted a groundbreaking proposal to the country’s creditors: taxation of 50% for those ‘natural persons’ – i.e. employees – […]





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2
Feb

First round of Review Talks: Creditors – Greece 0-0

Posted by in Economy

Representatives of Greece’s creditors had a 3-hour meeting with Greek officials top officials Finance Minister Tsakalotos, Labor Minister Katrougalos and Economy Finister Stathakis in the first round of negotiations. Protagonist in this today’s meeting was Labor Minister Giorgos Katrougalos as the issue of social security contributions was top on the […]





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2
Feb

Did Germany offer Greece a trade “Bailout program review for Migration Control”?

Posted by in Economy

Did they? Will they? Is there a trade between “Greece’s Adjustment program  progress review” and “keeping migrants and refugees out of Europe?”. I f I am not wrong – and I am not! – we had this issue some months ago. As usual, I ‘m just too lazy – ‘busy’ […]





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2
Feb

Farmers intensify protests, close highways & customs, refuse dialogue with government

Posted by in Society

Dozens of protesting farmers occupied tax offices in Lamia and Arta in Central and Western Greece, and Chania on the island of Crete, hindering employees from entering their work place. Two days before the general strike on Thursday, the farmers have intensified their protests and close to traffic Greece’s main […]





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1
Feb

Reminder: Just 13 days left to help KTG alive also for 2016

Posted by in Very Mix

I started KeepTalkingGreece in spring 2010, as an alternative to Greek-bashing by international media shortly before Greece capitulated without battle into the hands of the International Monetary Fund. From the very first moment, the main aim of this website and blog was to inform the English-speaking expats living in Greece […]





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1
Feb

Greece on strike: schedule for public transport, taxis, ferries Feb 2. & Feb 4-5/2016

Posted by in Society

Workers in Athens public transport means will hold two work stoppage this week. Taxi drivers will also join the protests against the pensions reforms on Thursday, February 4th 2016 with a 24-hour strike. Tuesday, Feb 2/2016: work stoppage from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m = blue buses, trolley buses, metro, […]





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1
Feb

Greece submits Nobel Peace Prize nominees: A Lesvos Granny, a fisherman and a US-actress

Posted by in Very Mix

It’s official. Greece submitted a request to the Nobel committee asking the nomination of Greek islanders who have helped Syrian and other refugees for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016. The relevant campaign was organized by international campaign by grassroots group Avaaz that has collected more than 638,000 signatures online asking […]





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1
Feb

Draghi’s awkward memory moment: Not the role of ECB to use its monetary policy to force governments to reform

Posted by in Economy

It is a working psychological survival strategy: one creates a bubble, gets in and lives comfortable and nicely till the end of the days. When the bubble is drawn with bright colors, the protection is almost perfect – especially when these bubbles are institutions like the European Central Bank. Too […]





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1
Feb

EU Blackmail worked: Greece to rush for 5 hot spots & 2 relocation camps – but many questions still open

Posted by in Very Mix

The EU blackmail of “Schengen expulsion” apparently worked. Greece will speed up the establishment of five migrant registration centers (hot spots) and two relocation camps. After a meeting with several ministers, the Prime Minister’s office said that: the completion of 5 “hot spot” registration centers for refugees and migrants on […]





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1
Feb

Greek Program Review talks: IMF insists on further pensions cuts 6%-30%

Posted by in Economy

The International Monetary Fund is alive and kicking. And insists to apply its famous wrong “remedies” to the Greek problem, no matter what. The IMF’s representative in charge of the Greek program has arrived in Athens together with the representatives of European commission, the European Stability Mechanism and the European […]





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31
Jan

Europol: at least 10K unaccompanied child refugees disappeared in Europe

Posted by in Very Mix

At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates. In the first attempt by law enforcement agencies to quantify one of the most worrying aspects of the […]





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31
Jan

Greece’s strike week, Feb 1-5/2016

Posted by in Society

Overhaul of Greece’s pensions system and overtaxation are pushing thousands of Greeks to the streets, to strikes and work stoppages. The week from February 1st to February 5th 2016 is expected to be “the hell” especially in terms of transportation. The month will begin with farmers to continue blocking highways, […]





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31
Jan

Greek police arrests two ISIS suspects with Swedish passports & machetes in their luggage

Posted by in Very Mix

Two people suspected to have links with the ISIS have been arrested in Alexandroupoli town in Northern Greece, near the Greek-Turkish borders. The two men were holders of Swedish passports and had one machete and military uniforms in their luggage. One is of Yemen origin and one from Bosnia. The […]





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29
Jan

The truth is out: Why Turkey doesn’t halt the refugees’ influx despite €3-bn EU agreement

Posted by in Very Mix

We have wondered many times why Turkey does not implement what it has agreed upon with the European Union, after it signed the deal: 3 billion euro vs halting the refugees and migrants flow to Europe. KTG also often expressed the suspicion that Brussels most probably had not handed out […]





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29
Jan

Greece, Israel & Cyprus sign “historical” Cooperation Agreement on Energy

Posted by in Israel-GR

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades came together to Nicosia and signed a joint cooperation declaration that has been hailed by the three leaders as “historical”.  The three leaders pledged closer cooperation in seven fields: energy, tourism, research and technology, environment, […]





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28
Jan

2013: EU Commission warns Greece refugees push-backs illegal – 2016: Belgium begs Greece to push back refugees & let them drown

Posted by in Very Mix

It was back in November 2013 when the European Commission warned Greece and Bulgaria to stop turning down Syrian refugees at their land/river borders with Turkey, after the UN issued a similar call just a few days before. Two and a half years later, in January 2016, it is Belgium, […]





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28
Jan

Pensions Reform simplified: The IMF wants 15% cut to all pensions

Posted by in Economy

Amid EU’s threats of Schengen expulsion… here comes the International Monetary Fund and jumps in the Greek issues with revolutionary ideas. No, the IMF’s concept has nothing to do with the Refugee Crisis but with the Greek debt numbers and the other big topic, this of Pensions Reform. The IMF […]





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27
Jan

EU Commission warns Greece with 3-month ultimatum: Control borders or you’re out of Schengen

Posted by in Very Mix

It has been the old European Union strategy since 2010: if something doesn’t work within the EU blame Greece! You can’t go wrong with this. Oh! And stress the “common European interests”. Tou can’t go wrong with this either. And so they did. The College of EU Commissioners discussed a […]





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