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Jul

SIEMENS €70m-bribes trial indefinitely postponed – Definitely Lost in Translation

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A bomb-decision by the Court of Appeal sin Athens: The trial for SIEMENS’ sinister scheme “cash for contracts” is indefinitely postponed until the indictment and all relevant documents, a total of more than 4,500 pages, are translated into German. And French. The three judges of the Court of Appeals for […]





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12
Jul

Survey: Europeans fear Wave of Refugees will mean More Terrorism, Fewer Jobs

Posted by in Politics

Sharp ideological divides across EU on views about minorities, diversity and national identity. The recent surge of refugees into Europe has featured prominently in the anti-immigrant rhetoric of right-wing parties across the Continent and in the heated debate over the UK’s decision to exit the European Union. At the same […]





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11
Jul

Barroso’s new job at Goldman Sachs sparks an outcry

Posted by in Politics

Times are tough. Young and old unemployed have difficulties to get a job. Especially the old ones. For the known and rather obvious reasons. But not Barroso. The former European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso got a new job: he is hired by the Goldman Sachs. The job description requires […]





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11
Jul

Council of State rules “People earning income abroad may be taxed” outside Greece

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Greece’s Council of State put an end to double taxation of Greeks living and working abroad but also to foreigners living in Greece but earn an income abroad. The CoS ruled that “Greeks who live and work in foreign countries may be taxed in the places of residence for income […]





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11
Jul

Twelve British MPs submit bill for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece

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British lawmakers will submit a bill asking the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. Campaigners for the return of the famous marbles are 12 MPs belonging to several political parties. The “Return of the Parthenon Marbles” Bill proposes that the Parliament should annul what it did 200 years ago, […]





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11
Jul

Leros: Migrants protest hot spot conditions, beat police director & mayor, locals form civil guard (video)

Posted by in Very Mix

Tension went high on the island of Leros in the Eastern Aegean Sea, when a group of migrants protested the living conditions in the hot spot saying they were fearing for their lives. The protest got out of control when a small group went so far to attack the police […]





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11
Jul

Merkel defends austerity policy for Greece: We found the right blend

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German chancellor Angela Merkel defended the German policy in the euro crisis. Citing the example of Greece, she claimed that “the right mixture was found” and added that Germany was not the only country supporting this police to tackle the economic crisis in the Eurozone. In an interview to German […]





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9
Jul

Greek taxman chases Chinese beach masseur into the sea

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The Greek Finance Ministry is determined to combat tax evasion and has launched a control operation preferably in the touristic areas of the country – which are notorious for selling goods and services without issuing receipts Devoted to combat tax evasion, police and tax controllers have joined forces for a […]





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9
Jul

Same policies as usual: The IMF wants lowering of Greece’s €586-gross Minimum Wage

Posted by in Society

What if we hear again and again, International Monetary Fund officials saying “we have made mistakes with the Greek program” and the usual stuff. The IMF keeps up its neo-liberal policies and will keep them up till the end of the days. In a report, the IMF insists on considering […]





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9
Jul

Commission suspends EU Funds due to “cartels” in Greece’s construction sector

Posted by in Economy

The European Commission temporary suspended all projects funded through the European Regional Developments Funds for the period 2014-2020 claiming there is a suspicion that a construction cartel has been exploiting the funds flowing into Greece. EC’s official justification for the suspension of funds amounting €13.5 million is the “distortion in […]





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8
Jul

Unemployment at 23.3% in April, youth unemployment remains high with 47.4%

Posted by in Society

Unemployment in Greece fell down to 23.3% in April – a rate we have not seen for quite long time. According to Greek Statistics authority (ELSTAT) the number of unemployed is 1,115,443 people. Compared to April 2015, the number of people who found a job was 90,995. 23.3% April 2016 […]





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7
Jul

Thriller with Greek vessel ‘Panomaris’ captured off Libya coast

Posted by in Very Mix

A nine-man Greek vessel with three Russian nationals on board was captured off the coast of Libya, Russian television reported Thursday, citing officials. Five Ukrainians and one Greek national were aboard the captured vessel in addition to the three Russians, the network added.”The Greek ship ‘Panomaris’ was captured off the Libyan coast,” the Zvezda […]





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7
Jul

Greece’s Council of State gives green light for construction of Mosque in Votanikos

Posted by in Politics

The fourth section of Greece’s Council of State (CoE) ruled today that preparatory works for the construction of an Islamic mosque in Votanikos area of Athens Municipality are allowed to proceed. The CoE had picked up the case submitted by 111 residents of neighboring Elaionas area. Citing the status of […]





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7
Jul

EU Commission to sanction Spain & Portugal with fines and funding blocking

Posted by in Economy

The European Commission has officially launched the procedure to impose sanctions against Spain and Portugal for deficits of more than 3% in their budgets 2015. In a statement the EC paved the way for fines against its two members and suspension of part EU Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). In […]





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7
Jul

Greece’s Finance Ministry uploads names of 13,730 debtors on its website. But…

Posted by in Economy

They said it and they did it! Greece’s General Secretariat of Public Revenues uploaded the names of 13,730 big debtors on the official website of the Finance ministry. The names refer to natural persons and legal entities owing to the state more than 150,000 euro and are in payment delays […]





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7
Jul

RIO 2016: Sailing champion Bekatorou, first female athlete to bear the flag in Greece’s Olympic history

Posted by in Sports

Greek sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou was named Greece’s flag bearer for the upcoming 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games, the Hellenic Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday in Athens. With this decision, Bekatorou becomes the first female athlete in Greek Olympic history to have the honor of carrying the Greek national flag […]





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7
Jul

Gov’t to ease Capital Controls for “new money”, but Greeks leery due to crisis trauma & tax office debtors-safari

Posted by in Economy

There has been a lot of talk about lifting, easing, twisting or whatevering of Capital Controls but fact is Capital Controls remain in position to safeguard the stability of Greek banks. Mainly for one reason: lack of confidence on the side of depositors. Greeks may have adjusted themselves to cash […]





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6
Jul

“Watching the Basil grow”: It’s tough to be a news blogger in summer time

Posted by in Editor

These are very troubled times: politically, economically and socially – not only in Greece but in Europe too and in the world. In addition, there is this bloody summer heat that melts the asphalt, liquefy the news and burns the brain – unless, of course, one is on vacation next […]





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6
Jul

Patras: Homeless family of 5 lives in carton boxes (video)

Posted by in Society

And when you think, you’ve seen and heard everything possible and impossible in Greece of austerity and crisis… there comes this incredible human story: a family of five lives in carton boxes. In the city of Patras in western Greece. The family ended up on the streets after a labor […]





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5
Jul

Two F-16 escort EL-AL Boeing 747 through Greek FIR due to Bomb Threat

Posted by in Tourism

Two Greek F-16 fighters jets took off and accompanied through the Athens FIR a Boeing 747 of Israel’s national carrier EL-AL. The Boeing was flying the route New York – Tel Aviv. The Boeing entered Athens FIR at 11:02 am Tuesday and exited it at 11:12 am. According to Greek […]





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