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14
Oct

Part-time rules in Greek labor market: half a million employees have to live on less than €400 per month

Posted by in Society

Everyone who lives in Greece knows that there are no jobs. And that if there are any, they are badly paid. Not so much because of the low salaries but because full-time jobs have become a rarity. Part-time jobs prevail and rule the Greek labor market. Almost half a million […]





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14
Oct

“Juicy” hikes in entrance fees at Greece’s archaeological sites

Posted by in Tourism

Greece will raise the entrance fees to its archaeological sites and museums …because the country needs money and some so-called “equivalent measures” to avoid cuts or Value Added Tax hikes.  But also because in some museums visitors have allegedly “asked for the entrance fees to rise.” The hikes are ‘juicy’ […]





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13
Oct

Athens tells Merkel: Greek-Turkish joint patrols in the Aegean are out of question

Posted by in Very Mix

Greek Foreign Ministry made it clear: there is no way that Germany or any other ‘partners’ or ‘neighbor’ like Turkey will be involved in the country’s borders protection in order to stop the refugees influx. A day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated to talk to Turkey to cooperate in […]





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13
Oct

Privatizations: Russian & US companies race for Greek TRAINOSE

Posted by in Economy

The privatization of Greek Railways TRAINOSE is developing into a Russian-American race as companies from both countries have expressed interest on the sale of 100% of TRAINOSE . Hellenic Public Assets Development Fund, the Greek Privatization Fund (TAIPED) has set the deadline for bid submissions for December 3rd. A delegation […]





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12
Oct

Crazy little thing called V.A.T. & total confusion of its implementation on 6 Greek islands

Posted by in Economy

The wonderful world of Greek taxes labyrinth and its implementation. Remember the measure that scrapped the reduced Value Added Tax in six Greek islands? Less than two weeks after the implementation of the V.A.T. hikes and the total confusion prevails as to what rates to implement. The measure caused dozens […]





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12
Oct

1:2 Greece’s children doesn’t know if there will be a meal on the table

Posted by in Society

Taxes? What taxes? It’s poverty that rules. One in two school children in “vulnerable areas” of Greece does not know if there will be a meal on the family table. According to data collected during the school year 2014-2015 by Institute Prolepsis one in three families live in poverty or […]





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12
Oct

Greece’s Real Estate Nightmare: Landlords to pay tax hikes retrospective even for “uncollected rent”r

Posted by in Economy

An everything sweeping omnibus bill has been submitted to the Greek Parliament. Twenty four articles that regulate taxes, and taxes and …taxes. And a Greek first: the retrospective hike of taxes even for non-existing income! Value Added Tax, Property Tax, road tax, fines for tax evasion, imprisonment, whatever tax. It’s […]





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12
Oct

Greece is shock! Permanent & stricter “Capital controls” for public servants and pensioners

Posted by in Economy

A shock-measure: civil servants and pensioners will be subject to stricter capital controls than the rest of the Greeks. They will be able to withdraw only €150 per week – with the cash withdrawal cap being €420 per week – that is a total of €600 per month. The rest […]





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11
Oct

Schauble plans a pan-European Solidarity Levy so that Germany avoids paying for the Refugees Crisis

Posted by in Economy

German Finance Minister Wolgang Schaeuble is a great man. And great men have great plans. Especially when it comes to charge others with taxes. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Saturday, that FinMin Schaeuble and the European Commission were mulling a pan-European levy in order to cope with the Refugees […]





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9
Oct

Are you Alive in Greece? Lenders will tax you as “free-lancer” with 26% & tax in advance

Posted by in Economy

I cannot believe that such a tax legislation can be true. The 3.bailout agreement “prerequisites” will reportedly tax people without or very low income as if they were a profit-bringing enterprise and will even ask tax payment in advance. This absolutely incredible and almost criminal and human rights violating over-taxation […]





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9
Oct

Greece’s lenders have time: Dijsselbloem “sees” Debt serving problems after 15 years

Posted by in Economy

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wants a debt relief. The International Monetary Fund wants the same. Both consider Greece’s debt as unsustainable. But the country’s European partners, the country’s biggest lenders do not want to hear about such option. At least not now. According to Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Greece may […]





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8
Oct

It’s a fact: Greek Gov’t will cut pensions over €1,000

Posted by in Society

All signs show in one direction: pensions cuts. But whether the cuts will affect only pensions above €1,000 or go deeper and affect pensions of €800 is not clear yet. Fact is that the Draft Budget 2016 has a “hole” of €741 million that has to be filled. And the […]





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8
Oct

Greek Gov’t wins confidence vote – Time for tax hikes, pension cuts & other “reforms”

Posted by in Politics

Greece’s recently re-elected SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government won the vote of confidence on Wednesday night. With merely 155 votes in a parliament of 300 seats, the government did not manage to win a single vote from the opposition parties. These parties that were supporting the previous SYR-ANEL coalition and were voting […]





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7
Oct

President Hollande at EP: “Mea Culpa. We abandoned Greece”

Posted by in Economy

I am desperately trying to find a picture of President Francois Hollande shedding a tear or even using a lash against himself in order to propitiate himself from his big sins. In an emotionally moving speech at the European Parliament, Hollande put the blame on him for all Greece economic […]





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7
Oct

Students in Paris anger Schaeuble with uncomfortable questions about Greece

Posted by in Economy

It was supposed to be a civilized conversation between German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and French students at the Sciences Po University in Paris. But youth apparently has no respect of self-righteous German officials and reminded him of possible policy mistakes in the Greek crisis. the atmosphere turned quickly from […]





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7
Oct

Greece to combat tax evasion with “Midnight raids German style”

Posted by in Economy

Greece’s tax authorities prepare “raids German style” in the middle of the night in order to localize ‘black money’ and ‘undeclared assets’. The tax inspectors will knock on doors or ring the bells at companies or freelancers’ business addresses even in the middle of the night and conduct controls. The […]





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6
Oct

Greek arms dealer arrested for suspected bribes for Russian anti-tank missiles

Posted by in Politics

These arms purchases and arms deals are very lucrative deals. They made a few Greeks rich, especially officials in the Greek Defense Ministry. They cost the Greek people millions and million of euros or dollars then it was taxpayers’ money that was turned into kickbacks and bribes. Too bad that […]





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6
Oct

EP approves Juncker’s Plan for Greece, EU-Funds to restart pouring for Jobs & Growth

Posted by in Economy

The European Commission is moving forwards. Slowly. Βut it is moving. President Jean-Claude Juncker is determined to ‘rescue’ Greece and goes into EU history as the protector of the European poor and needy. And he will. His Jobs and Growth Plan for Greece was adopted by the European Parliament and […]





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6
Oct

PM Tsipras announces Gov’t goals, budget draft sees austerity worth €6.4 bln

Posted by in Economy, Politics

The “Silly Season” is over. Time for hard work, hard news and figures. Greece’s government is challenged to meet its obligations towards the country’s lenders, successfully pass the first review and receive 2 billion euro as first tranche of 3. bailout program. After the Eurogroup approved the 48 Prior Actions […]





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4
Oct

World Animal Day: 3-4 million stray cats and dogs estimated in Greece

Posted by in animals

We hugged with special love our pets today. Some of us may have given them an extra treat on the occasion of the World Animal Day celebrated on October 4th – international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually on the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the […]





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