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Feb

Lagarde says “the IMF is not a Dragon”, demands additional cuts for all pensions – current & future

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The International Monetary Fund is apparently concerned about its image. “I really don’t like it when we’re portrayed as this draconian, rigorous, terrible IMF,” Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Thursday in an online news conference. “We don’t want draconian measures to apply to Greece, which has already made a […]





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5
Feb

Ancient Greeks invented the …Laptop with Touchscreen before 100 BC

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Good news to start the day after thousands of Greeks expressed their opposition to Pensions Reform plans and austerity on Thursday. The good news to brighten up our crisis misery is that “Ancient Greeks invented the 2-USB-port Laptop” before 100 BC. In addition, indications are strong that our clever ancestors […]





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4
Feb

Schaeuble: “Should Greece exit the crisis, Greeks would have to erect a statue for me”

Posted by in Economy

I must definitely have this historic statement in my blog even though I reported about Wolfgang Schaeuble’s Grexit-speech in Hamburg a bit earlier today. At the same “I love Grexit” CDU party event in Hamburg yesterday, the German Finance Minister said also: “Should Greece come out of the crisis, the […]





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4
Feb
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Molotov & teargas in Athens during big anti-austerity rally as 24h strike paralyses Greece (pcts, videos)

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it was short around one o’ clock Thursday noon, when a raging crowd of some 60 people wearing hoods started to hurl molotov cocktail bombs at riot police squads around the Syntagma Square in downtown Athens during the big protest march against the pensions reform. Within minutes the raging crowd […]





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4
Feb

Schaeuble re-chews “Grexit”, ex Greek FinMin reveals Grexit plan of 2011

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“It is difficult for Greece to solve its economic problems without the tool of currency devaluation.” Thus spoke said German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble bringing back his all-time favorite topic, the Grexit. Speaking at an event in Hamburg, the German finance minister said that back in 2011, he told  then […]





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4
Feb

Refugee Crisis – €3bn Aid to Turkey: EU publishes states contributions

Posted by in Very Mix

There is equality among EU member states: whether poor or rich they all have to pay their share when it comes to solve pan-European problems like the Refugees and Migration Crisis. It makes no difference whether some countries like Greece or Italy have beard on their own means the burden […]





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3
Feb

Confidential Report: German security authorities accuse Greece of Refugees’ Misery

Posted by in Very Mix

German security authorities consider that Greece has totally failed in dealing with the refugee crisis. Didn’t you know that? If you didn’t know, at least you had certainly a …certain suspicion. But now it is officially confirmed through a confidential report and sources that speak on condition of anonymity. Of […]





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3
Feb
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Two Greek Photo-Journalists take legal action against Associated Press for “infringement of copy right”

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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

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

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

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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”?

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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

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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

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

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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%

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

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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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