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Jun

EU is furious & sends deadline, as UK hesitates & Scotland threatens to veto Brexit

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The European Union is furious about UK’s hesitation to implement the outcome of the Brexit Referendum. One after the other, EU Officials urge the UK to submit its Brexit request as soon as possible. After the historic Brexit decision, the heavy guns of the EU and Germany see themselves under […]





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25
Jun

Brexit Vote: Berlin might be on the verge of a nervous breakdown and doesn’t know it

Posted by in Politics

It’s logical that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had a plan B in his pocket for the case the majority of British people would vote in favor of Brexit. like every well-trained bureaucrat Schaeuble is much too insecure to let anything get him by surprise. The German finance minister loves […]





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24
Jun

Hopeless case: Tough EU statement on UK as Brexit may spread across Europe

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This morning I wrote that I hoped the European Union leader they would get the message sent by the British people. You all know that I am a little romantic and I like to give “second chances”. I was wrong. Or better say : I was so surprised this morning […]





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24
Jun

Greece’s FM Kotzias: Brexit confirms our insistence on a democratic discussion for EU’s future

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“The outcome of the British referendum confirmed our insistence on the need of  a democratic binding discussion about the future of the EU, to enhance the social functioning and democratization of structures so that it operates in serving the people of Europe and in being appealing to societies of Member-States,” […]





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24
Jun

Brexit wins and shocks! Will the EU get the message?

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Last night I fell asleep at 1:30 and everyone was claiming ‘Remain” was at 54% and Brexit at 48%. This morning this ⇒ 51.9% for Exit and 48.9% for Remain. A shock! A shock for Europe and the European Union leaders, first of all. Donald Tusk ‏@eucopresident 28m28 minutes ago […]





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23
Jun

Greece’s PPC to sell a market share together with 400,000 customers

Posted by in Economy, Society

Greece’s Public Power Company (PPC/DEH) is selling a part of its share together with 400,000 of its customers. Manolis Panagiotakis, the CEO of PPC, announced this innovative step during the Economist conference in Athens. PPC will establish a subsidiary company that will be available for sale to private electricity suppliers […]





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23
Jun

More than One in Five Children Refugees stranded in Greece has never been to school

Posted by in Very Mix

It’s a tragedy for thousands, millions of children, for so-called ‘lost generations’ without access to education! Children refugees stay out of school for several months if not for years. Just two months ago I met a young Syrian boy who has not been to school for whole 5 years. When […]





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23
Jun

ESM Regling: “Varoufakis cost Greece 100 billion euro”

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Head of the European Stability Mechanism Klaus Regling said that the cost for Greece for having Yanis Varoufakis as Finance Minister was 100 billion euro. In an interview to private Skai TV, Regling said that he estimates the cost for Greece to be 100 billion euro, “although there was no […]





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23
Jun

UPD EU’s Army: New Border & Coast Guard has right to intervene even if a Member is “unwilling to take necessary measures”

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The European Union, the European Council and the European Parliament agreed on a new border and coast guard to better manage migrant arrivals after more than a million people came to the EU since last year. The official aim of the Border and Coast Guard is to strengthen its external […]





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23
Jun

ECB reinstates waiver affecting eligibility of Greek bonds as collateral

Posted by in Economy

Greece can borrow cheap again from the European Central Bank. The ECB reinstates waiver of minimum credit rating requirements affecting the eligibility of Greek bonds used as collateral in Eurosystem monetary policy operations. – Good! ECB Press release 22 June 2016 ECB’s Governing Council reinstates waiver of minimum credit rating […]





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22
Jun

Fitch: Greece’s 4 systemic banks would default if Capital Controls are lifted

Posted by in Economy

Man! One day after the President of Greek Banks Association, Louka Katseli, said that Capital controls would be lifted by end of the year, there comes Fitch-ratings agency and warns that Greek systemic banks would default if the deposit restrictions are lifted. Fitch Ratings affirmed the Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings […]





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22
Jun

Greece desperately tries to combat tax evasion but with such over-taxation… no chance!

Posted by in Economy

Companies systematically evading taxes will soon see a padlock on their doors for 30 days. This new kind of fine to Greece’s tax evaders was announced today by the General Secretary of Public Revenues. The same fine will be imposed to company owners who prohibit tax inspectors from conducting inspections […]





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22
Jun

USS Harry S. Truman docks in Crete, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower takes over fight against Islamic State (video)

Posted by in Politics

The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier arrived in Crete in the early morning hours of Tuesday and docked at the Souda base,  giving its 5,500 crew members a Greek island break after seven months at sea and over 2,000 missions launched against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. […]





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21
Jun

Greece heat wave: Goat, sheep seek coolness in local hospital

Posted by in animals

With the wind, hot and dry blowing from the south-west, Tuesday was one of the hottest days in Athens. 41° Celsius at 5 pm in the shadow. Incredible. the lucky ones of us closed balcony doors and windows and turned the A/C on: 25 degrees. Perfect. The unlucky ones, without […]





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21
Jun

EC to freeze funds to Greece “due to alleged cartel of major constructor companies”

Posted by in Economy

The European Commission will freeze all payments of  the European Regional Development Fund/Cohesion fund to Greece for the 2014-2020 programs, due to activities of an alleged cartel of major construction companies and large foreign companies present in Greece. These companies have been involved in public works for over 27 years […]





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21
Jun

6 minor Afghans tried to reach Slovenia in a truck with watermelons; rescued in half-freezing condition

Posted by in Very Mix

Six Afghans aged between 15 and 17 were rescued in a half-freezing condition on Monday night in Western Greece. The six were hidden in refrigerator truck loaded with watermelons and were hoping to reach Slovenia. However, at some point the teenagers started to freeze and knock on the walls of […]





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21
Jun

Juncker excessively praises Greeks for having survived the crazy creditors’ lab tests

Posted by in Politics

Effusive as always with big smiles and bigger hugs. European Commission President  Jean-Claude Juncker enjoys a nice two-day visit in Athens, with delicious expensive fish eating (all bones removed!) and wandering around praising Greece and the Greeks to the left and to the right with an unprecedented generosity – and […]





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21
Jun

Eurostat: Food Prices in Greece remain high despite disposable income -25% (infographic)

Posted by in Economy

This is something that every Greek has been wondering about: that despite the austerity cuts in incomes, pensions and wages, the prices for consumer goods remain high. A little much too high are the food prices and in some items one would think that Greeks pay gold to buy eggs, […]





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21
Jun

Tax Authorities seize 500,000 bank accounts, collect €1.6bn in Jan-May 2016

Posted by in Economy

Greek Tax Administration has been studiously taking from debtors what it belongs to the state. From January to April 2016, tax authorities have reportedly “emptied” 428,465 debtors’ bank accounts. If the seizures in May be added, the total number reaches over 500,000. In comparison: 333,776 bank account seizures last year. […]





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20
Jun

Lesvos lawyers sue EASO for obstructing access to asylum proceedings via G4S guards in Hot Spots

Posted by in Politics

On June 9th, the Lawyers Association of Mitilini (Lesvos) sued the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) for obstructing access to asylum proceedings by its members. The lawyers claim that EASO officials and private security guards are prohibiting access to specific areas of the holding centers, also called hotspots, that host […]





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