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Feb

Greece: Toll bars on Highways to be lifted, Feb 20

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Toll barriers on Greek Highways will be lifted today, Friday and next Sunday, February 20, 2011. However the Sunday action of the movement “I don’t pay” will go in effect all over Greece but today’s action only in  Peloponnese. The Coordinating Committee of the “I don’t pay” movement for the Peloponnese […]





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17
Feb
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(Upd) Athens: You Think Public Transport Strikes are Over?

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If answer is “Yes”, you are mistaken! OK, there is no public transport strike today – for a change! However as of tomorrow the workers will start new protest actions, despite the fact that the reform bill has been passed through the Greek Parliament. There will be no blue buses and […]





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17
Feb
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Athens: 2h Blackout in Bars and Cafes to Protest Smoking Ban

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Bars and Cafes in Athens will turn off the lights tonight from 08:00 to 10:00 to protest the smoking ban. They will operate with candles and emergency lights. That will be very romantic, won’t it? Bars, Cafes and Restaurants experience a sharp decrease in revenues after the total smoking ban. And […]





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16
Feb
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Greek Businessman sues Kevin Costner for $10 m over oil spill technology

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American-Greek businessman Spyridon Contogouris is asking a  $ 10 million compensation  from Hollywood star Kevin Costner, claiming that the movie icon decieved him and persuaded him to sell company shares before a lucrative deal. Contogouris has a 28 percent share in Costner’s company that had developed a oil filtration device. The […]





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16
Feb

Greek FinMin bans Greece’s lenders from holding Press Conferences

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 This is a heroic day for the Greek Nation, a day that feels with national pride everyone in this debt-ridden country : from the baby hanging at mommy’s breast up to the pensioner standing long queue at the country’s biggest social security foundation for an appointment with just one doctor. […]





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16
Feb

Greece: Shocking “Middle Ages” in Children’s Care Unit

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Innocent lives spend their dull days tied up at their beds. Some are enclosed in real wooden cages equipped just  with a mattress. Children with physical or mental problems just eat and vegetate there. Caretakers have little time for the children of the Children’s Care Centre (KEPEP) in Lechaina, in Peloponnese… A […]





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15
Feb

The Molecular Charme of IMF’s Poul Thomsen

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I would never associate IMF’s official Poul Thomsen, responsible for Greece’s debt, with molecular gastronomy. However,  Poul Thomsen has apparently a lavish affection to food alchemy, something like “Greek Fiscal Sheets” only with “foams”, “spheres” and “molecules”.You know M.G. is this exquisite  art of cooking using maxims of biology, physics, & chemistry, German Bauhaus features and […]





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15
Feb

Athens Jammed as Public Transport Workers protest on Motorbikes (video)

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Traffic came on halt in the afternoon at the centre of Athens as more than 1,500 public transport employees demonstrated on foot or on motorbikes. They crossed the city centre and reached the Greek Parliament where lawmakers are voting the overhaul reform in public transport. Bus, Trolley, Metro, Tram and Urban train […]





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15
Feb
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Greece’s Recession at 6% in 4Q 2010 – Things will go worse in 2011

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Quite depressing is the data released by the Greek Statistics Authority stating that recession has grabbed tighter the Greeks by the neck – although we do not need official date to confirm our daily experience. Economy shrank by 6,5 in the 4th quarter of 2010, and by 4,5% for the whole […]





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15
Feb

Greek PM: “We do not sell our soil!” – Demands Respect

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Greece is adamant not to sell land plots, not even for the shake of getting together 50 billion euros as the country’s lenders IMF, EU and ECB demand. Is it so? Well… almost but not exactly… Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou proposed a law according to which land transfer or […]





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15
Feb
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GreeK Trade Union calls IMF/EU/ECB reps. “Persona Non Grata”

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Angers still echoes in Greece over the Troika press conference and the biggest private sector trade union, GSEE, asked the Greek government to declare the representatives of IMF, the EU and the ECB as “undesirable persons” – in diplomatic language “Persona non Grata” (unwelcome persons). In a press release,  the GSEE […]





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15
Feb
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Crete: Cigarettes more expensive than else where in Greec

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 Kiosk owners on the island of Crete proceeded to an arbitrary increase of cigarette prices, sticking a tiny paper tag informing the smokers that every packages of cigarettes is  € 0,10 more expensive than elsewhere in Greece. The kiosk and tobacco sellers have been complaining about the low profit margin from tobacco […]





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15
Feb

JC Juncker urges Greece to sell assets worth 50 billion euros

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The head of Eurogroup, Jean-Claude Juncker, has apparently a PhD in “Bomb Shelling”. Last night he hurled his latest attack amid the ” €50 bn privatization of state assets”- dispute between the IMF/EU/ECB-Troika ( “sell”) and Athens (“utilize”). Jean-Claude Juncker, described as ‘impressive” Greece’s efforts to meet the targets set by the European […]





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15
Feb
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Greek Insurers lash out at IKA manager – Pensioners fight against each other (video)

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Tension prevailed this morning with aging pensioners fighting against each other and other insurers lashing out at the general manager of  Greece’s biggest Social Security Fund, IKA. Rovertos Spyropoulos made an inspection visit at the Nea Ionia branch, a suburb in western Athens, but the people standing long queues started to shout at him. […]





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14
Feb
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Greeks are broken! 19% to spend Zero Euro for Valentine Gifts!

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Folks, we are broken! I mean, we know that. It seems we spent our last euro  on Christmas. For Valentine’s Day there is hardly a euro cent in our pockets. And this is almost official, according to a poll. The survey condected by MRB for Cosmo.gr among 2,300 Greeks showed […]





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14
Feb

Greece: 62 dead from H1N1- Experts urge for vaccination

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Fourteen people lost their lives within the last 48 hours from health complications after infected with the Influenza A – H1N1. All of them had been chronic sick. Since the beginning of the year 62 people died from the deadly flu virus. Currently 110 people are hospitalized in Intensive Care […]





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14
Feb
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When is a Greek “impoverished”? Court rules…

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No matter what the International Monetary Fund dictates, a court in Athens ruled that when somebody has an income of EUR 680 is “impoverished”! An old man sued his own son and asked for alimony, as he was not able to live on his monthly pension of 680 euro (included […]





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14
Feb

Greece: Striking workers throw eggs at Transport Ministry.

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Athenians experienced another day of traffic distress as metro and urban trains were halted for five hours. The striking workers found a creative way to demonstrate and cover the long distances between Athens downtown (Greek Parliament) and the Transport Ministry. They rode motorbikes and honked in triumph through the streets of […]





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14
Feb
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Greeks are getting smarter… about a kilo of Artichoke

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I would have no idea, as I hate the cleaning of artichokes. And thus I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorite vegetables. However a buglary case brings up the price of artichokes into our attention. Many of us know that  Greece has turned into a country, where everybody steals […]





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14
Feb
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Greece:No end to turmoil triggered by the IMF/EU/ECB-employees

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The policial turmoil that broke out in Greece due to the controversial press conference of the IMF/EU/ECB does not come to an end. Oppositions parties and media raise the question about “governance legitimation” with main opposition party, the conservative Nea Dimokratia,  asking  the removal of Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou. Critics […]





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