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Dec
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Another Refugee tragedy: 7 children drowned off Farmakonisi

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Seven children, two women, four men did not fulfill their dream for a better life in Europe. they were drowned in the early morning hours of Wednesday, when their boat sank off the island of Farmakonisi in the eastern Aegean Sea. One person is still missing, while 15 people were […]





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22
Dec
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Creditors hand out Greece One Billion Euro bailout tranche

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Greece’s European creditors gave the green light for the disbursement of the one billion euro in the context of the third bailout program. According to some news agencies, the creditors have already even “handed over” the one-billion-euro. The bailout tranche release has been made after creditors came to conclusion that […]





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22
Dec
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Canadian Fairfax buys Greece’s 3rd largest insurer Eurolife from Eurobank

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Toronto-based Fairfax bought 80% of Greece’s third largest insurer Eurolife that sells insurance products through Eurobank, where Fairfax holds a stake. It is the second acquisition announcement today, after Qatar National Bank announced it acquired Turkish Finanzbank from the National Bank of Greece. “After riding out the Greek banking crisis […]





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22
Dec
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Greek Parliament unanimously adopts resolution for recognition of Palestine

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The Greek Parliament unanimously voted a resolution recognizing the state of Palestine on Tuesday. the voting took place during a special parliamentary session attended also by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas currently on an official visit to Athens. PM Tsipras, President Abbas, Greek Parliament Speaker Voutsis “[The Greek parliament pledges] to […]





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22
Dec

Greece recalls its ambassador to Prague, after Czech President’s unacceptable remarks on Grexit

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A diplomatic incident with unknown outcome has occurred between Greece and the Czech Republic after the provocative statements made against Greece by President Milos Zeman. As consequence to Zeman’s statements, the Greek Foreign Ministry ordered its its Ambassador to the Czech Republic to return back to Athens “for consultations” as […]





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22
Dec
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Epic Greece! “Many Happy Returns” from the Funeral Services next door…. (video)

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This can happen too. Even though it seems kind of surreal and weird when somebody who is dealing with death wishes “Many Happy Returns” on the occasion of Christmas Season. And thus, taking the risk to ruin his own business. Video: posted by N.S. on YouTube embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube […]





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22
Dec
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National Bank for Greece sells Finansbank stake to Qatar’s QNB

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Finally a bank deal to get rid of non-profit bringing subsidiaries. Qatar’s National Bank acquired the Finansbank stake of National Bank of Greece for €2.7 billion. The stake of National Bank in Turkey’s Finansbank was 99.81 percent. However, Greek media report that the acquisition price is much higher as the […]





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21
Dec
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“Athens residents shouldn’t use fireplaces due to smog,” says Energy Ministry, Dec 21-22/2015

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Every winter the same story. Every winter since 2012 to be fair. A yellow-grey stinky smog cloud is hanging over Greek capital Athens due to the massive usage of fireplaces. Especially harsh is the situation when the weather conditions help the smog particles accumulate. Today the Greek Environment and Energy […]





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21
Dec

Greek banks charge higher commission for cards payments than in other EU countries

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The Greek government wants to boost the use of plastic money as a means to combat tax evasion. But the banks do not share the government enthusiasm and keep their charging rates high. A vendor, a restaurant owner or a lawyer has to pay 3% or even higher commission to […]





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21
Dec

Winter solstice 2015: Shortest Day and Longest Night of the year

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In the Northern Hemisphere the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year with the latest dawn and the sun at its lowest point in the sky. When exactly is the winter solstice and what is it? The December solstice happens at the same instant for […]





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21
Dec
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First round of New Democracy leadership elections – Record participation

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Conservative New Democracy is more than happy. 400,000 members and supporters rushed to the polling stations that were set across the country to cast their vote for one of the four candidates for the party leadership. the final results of the first round of elections will be announced later today, […]





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20
Dec
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“Flexible work conditions” with “peanuts for payment” rule Greece’s Labor Market

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Gone are the times when labor craft would get a full time job with a wage that would allow a descent living. The data published by the Greek Labor Ministry are grim. Not only 24,674 jobs were lost in the private sector in November. The data reflect also the absolute […]





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19
Dec

Survey: 90% of Greeks expect “even tougher” austerity measures for 2016

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No one should wonder that Greeks will not welcome the New Year with full of optimism. Why should they? Austerity and its impact in real life is here also for 2016, new austerity measures that will hit broader groups of the society are on the way. No one here has […]





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19
Dec
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Heartbreaking! Stray puppy finds a warm bed in Xmas Crib

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Have a heart for Greece’s strays. A puppy found a warm place to spend the night: in the public Christmas Crib in the city of Kalamata. Baby Jesus & a stray dog Please, support animal welfare associations in Greece and put a bowl of food for the strays in your […]





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19
Dec

Merry Christmas with Santa :)

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I still believe in Santa – Merry Christmas to all of you!





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18
Dec

Prosecutor raises charges against Greek FM officials for “illegal funding” of US-based Think-Tank

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Corruption prosecutors in action raised felony charges former officials of the Greek Foreign Ministry and submitted the relevant file also to Parliament to investigate possible responsibility of former Foreign Minister George Papandreou. The charges refer to what it seems to be “illegal” funding to a foreign Non-governmental organization, an American […]





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18
Dec

EU leaders need 6 months to consider Juncker’s controversial Border Agency

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A friendly pinch on the cheek, a pat on the shoulder. Exactly the same style European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker uses for the prime ministers and finance ministers of the EU. This time it was the majority of EU leader who had to comfort Juncker’s frustration and tell him to […]





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17
Dec

Outrageous! US-Embassy in Athens has feral cats “disappeared”

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Unbelievable and Outrageous! The US-embassy in Athens got rid of several feral cats living in the embassy compound to unknown destination. The mysterious disappearance of the feral cats occurred some 4 days ago. The news triggered an outrage among animal lovers who started to send e-mails and message condemning the […]





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17
Dec

Creditors reject SYRIZA-ANEL “social program” to tackle the humanitarian crisis

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It was a short survival for SYRIZA-ANEL wonderful “parallel program” a series of social measures to tackle the humanitarian crisis for Greeks after six years of austerity and recession. The creditors said a loud and clear “NO! NO WAY!” and the Greek government took it back. The creditors were so […]





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17
Dec

IMF admits “fear of Greek debt restructuring in 2010”

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For one more time the International Monetary Fund acknowledged that it made mistake sin dealing and handling with the Greek crisis. In its latest report “Crisis Program Review” published on December 16th 2015, the IMF notes with regards to “Restructuring fo the Greek debt” that: “It should have been restructured […]





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