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24
May

Idomeni Camp: Evacuation of 8,199 refuges & migrants started

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All eyes are on Idomeni camp this morning, where the evacuation started in the morning. Buses keep coming empty and leave the area full with people, taking them to organized facilities. The first buses take the people in the broader area of Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece. With the help of […]





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23
May

Austria narrowly escapes a far-right President #phew

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European Union member-state Austria narrowly escaped a far-right president: independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria’s presidential election, preventing Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU’s first far-right head of state. A thriller of voting results on Sunday had Hofer leading narrowly the race with 51.9% and 48.1% for […]





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23
May

Greece’s highest judge speaks of “methods to intimidate judges dealing with corruption cases”

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Greece’s highest judge, the President of  Supreme Court, Vasiliki Thanou denounced methods to smear and intimidate judges by people involved in corruption cases. Speaking at an event at the National School for Judges, Thanou said that judges dealing with cases of corruption are exposed to intimidation. “These methods do not […]





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23
May

Chania: Protesters hinder German neo-nazi NPD to lay wreath in WWII cemetery

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Members of far-right ultranationalist “National Democratic Party of Germany” (NPD) attempted to lay a wreath at the WWII German cemetery in Chania on the island of Crete. The NPD group went to the cemetery on Sunday, just two days after the anniversary of the historic Battle of Crete, when Nazi […]





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23
May

Ten riot police squads deployed to Idomeni refugee camp, evacuation to start on Tuesday

Posted by in Politics

Ten riot police squads left Athens this morning and are expected to take position at the refugees camp of Idomeni that will be evacuated from the 8.500 men, women and children living there since last February. Other police forces from Northern Greece will be deployed in the area for “as […]





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23
May

SYRIZA MP resigns after omnibus bill voting

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SYRIZA MP Vasiliki Katrivanou resigned just a couple of hours after she voted YES to the omnibus bill but NO to the Privatization Fund and IMF’s contingency measures. There was reportedly pressure by other SYRIZA lawmakers that she resigns, as the party could not afford to expel her due to […]





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22
May

Parliament approves the Omnibus Bill, one SYR MP votes NO to Fund & Contingency Measures

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Greek Palriament approved with 153 YES votes the omnibus bill of 5.4billion euro austerity measures. All MPs of SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government supported the bill paving the way for the government to go to the Eurogroup meeting on May 24th hoping for release of bailout tranche and debt relief talks. However, […]





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22
May

Pizza & Ice-Cream help through Greece’s Parliament debate on €5.4bn austerity package

Posted by in Politics

Debate in the Greek Parliament is continuing at 7:30 p.m. when the voting ought to have taken place one and a half hour earlier. But that’s usual in such debates that are not debates but rather the government defending the austerity measures and the opposition lashing out at the government, […]





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22
May

Mikis Theodorakis: “We are victims of a tragic farce”

Posted by in Politics

Veteran politician and famous music composer Mikis Theodorakis lashes out against the coalition government of left-wing SYRIZA and nationalist Independent Greeks. In a text uploaded on his personal website on the day the Greek government votes on 5.6-billion austerity measures bill, Theodorakis speaks with hard words against the government describing […]





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22
May

New Democracy MP trolls his own party in Parliament debate

Posted by in Politics

That was the greatest “OPS!” in the history of the Greek Parliament, I think. New Democracy MP Dimitris Stamatis told lawmakers that ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be Prime Minister of Greece in spring 2017! “The people elect the governments even if they make mistakes as in your case. In […]





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22
May

In Uniform We Love: Tsipras seeks last minute “equivalent measures” to have Kammenos vote for the omnibus bill

Posted by in Politics

Debate in Greek Parliament reaches its peak as lawmakers get ready to vote the omnibus austerity bill of €5.4 billion, the last prerequisite in order to conclude the Program Review and reach a deal at the Eurogroup on May 24th. Keys points of argument between the coalition government SYRIZA -ANEL […]





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21
May

Anarchists order passengers out & set trolley bus on fire in downtown Athens (video)

Posted by in Society

A group of some 20 people wearing hoodies raided a trolley bus on Friday night, ordered passengers to get off and set it on fire with molotov cocktail bombs. Eyewitnesses said that the passengers were in panic and that the moment the group entered the bus the first thing they […]





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20
May

Athens: Public transport workers on 24h & 48h strike, May 21-23/2016

Posted by in Society

Workers at urban train ISAP, metro and tram will launch a 48-hour strike from Saturday morning, May 21st until Monday morning May 23rd 2016. Workers at blue buses and trolley buses will join with a 24-hour strike from Sunday morning until Monday morning (22-23 May 2016). The strikes begin and […]





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20
May

Greece’s new Privatization Fund & the Vanity of Schaeuble’s Wishes

Posted by in Economy

The “Hellenic Company for Assets and Participation” (EDIS) is the name for the new  Privatization Super-Fund that will claim ownership of all assets of the Greek state including 70,000 real estate properties, all major state-run enterprises like utility companies (electricity, water) and public transport (buses, metro etc), state shares in […]





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20
May

How Creditors trap Greece into the Black Hole of bailout over bailout

Posted by in Economy

It has been clear long ago, that the way Greece’s creditors address the Debt does not work. It has little to do with Greeks’ attitude to not implement all austerity agreements they sign with the creditors.It has to do with the wrong “rescue” formula that demands form a bankrupt country […]





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19
May

UPD Wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 Not found – Scenarios speak of “rather a terror attack”

Posted by in Very Mix

Member of the international Search And Rescue force found wreckage belonging to the Egypt Air Flight 804, the Airbus A320 that crashed into the sea in the early morning hours of Thursday. The wreckage were two yellow items floating 100 nautical miles south west of the last position of the […]





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19
May

Parliamentary Committee investigates bank loans to political parties & media groups

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The Parliamentary Inquiry Commission decided on Wednesday to investigate the advertising expenditure of Greek banks to the media over a period of the last 10 years. The Commission investigates in general the legality of  bank loans to political parties as well as loans to mass media groups. The extension of […]





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19
May

New Greek Omnibus Monster: €1.8bn Indirect Taxes, more VAT hikes, Property Tax, Fuel Prices on fire

Posted by in Economy

Indirect taxes worth 1.8 billion euro, Value Added Tax hike from 23% to 24%, red loans regulations, a new Super Privatization Fund, new calculation scales for Unified Property Tax (ENFIA), the omnibus bill of some 4,000 pages has been submitted to the Parliament on Wednesday night. The voting will take […]





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19
May

Athens: Tax officers occupy the … Finance Ministry!

Posted by in Society

A group of some 70 tax officers has been occupying the Greek Finance Ministry in downtown Athens since 8 o’ clock in the morning. The occupation reportedly aims to protest that the General secretariat of Public Revenues turns into an “independent authority.” This morning I heard on  Greek TV that […]





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19
May

EgyptAir Flight 804 with 66 on board crash SE off Crete

Posted by in Very Mix

Egypt Air Flight MS804 disappeared from the flight radars in the early morning hours of Thursday. Eight hours later and despite a huge Search And Rescue operation, there is reportedly no sign of the airplane that most probably went down in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, 7 nautical miles south-east off […]





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