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13
May

Juncker warns Turkey over visas, Erdogan started sending refugee boats to Greece again

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Turkey will have to reform its anti-terrorism laws or the planned visa-free deal with the EU will fall apart, EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday. Speaking at a conference in Berlin, Juncker insisted that Ankara meet all EU 72 prerequisites before lifting short-stay travel restrictions on Turks. “We […]





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12
May

Varoufakis: We used threat of “Grexit” in negotiations; describes Schaeuble as “incompetent little man”

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For one more time, controversial ex finance minister Yanis Varoufakis stirred the local political scene on Thursday when he claimed that the “agreement with (Greek PM Alexis) Tsipras was to threaten them (the institutions) with Grexit behind closed doors.” In an interview to an alternative news site in Athens, Varoufakis […]





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12
May
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Austerity & Bailout Programs: Greece’s Groundhog has been greeting daily for the last 6 years

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The Greek government is confident that no contingency measures will need to be automatically implemented because Greece will reach the crucial target set the the country’s European creditors, a 3.5% Primary Surplus in 2018.” We proposed the contingency mechanism, it’s not measures, it’s not a new austerity program,” Prime Minister […]





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12
May

“Automatic Contingency Measures” Roadmap – The Greek Proposal

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Greece managed to push its own proposal and narrowly escape the trap of the International Monetary Fund to legislate now for each and every specific austerity measure totaling 3.6 billion euro in case it will fail to meet the target of 3.5% Primary Surplus in 2018. The Greek proposal of […]





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12
May

EP President M Schulz blocks Turkey’s visa-free bid

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The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, announced on Wednesday that he has stopped procedures involving the liberalisation of visas for Turkish nationals. Schulz informed reporters that he had not sent the necessary document concerning the visa liberalisation to the appropriate committee. He said that Turkey had failed to […]





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11
May

No “open arms” but “firing arms” policy: Turkey’s border guards kill and injure Syrian refugees (video)

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Turkish border guards have killed or beaten and injured more than a dozen Syrian asylum seekers as they tried to cross into Turkey, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued on Tuesday. “5 people among them a 15-year-old boy have been killed and 14 wounded during the months of […]





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11
May

Athens: Driver forces blind woman and her guide dog out of public bus, although the law says otherwise

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Unbelievable but perfectly applicable in a country where a good portion of its population has absolutely no culture of any kind. A bus driver in Athens demanded that a blind woman and her guide dog get of the bus because he felt annoyed by the dog’s presence. Despite reactions by […]





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11
May

Greek police arrests 18 people involved in Forex Market fraud, having scammed at least $35 million

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A well-organized fraud, a criminal organization that had spread its operation into several countries. The profit at least 35 million USD and 3 million euro over a period of ten years. Among the victims is a well-known Greek businessman. After a police investigation that lasted more than 6 months, Greeks […]





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11
May

Chios: 120 applications to be sent back to Turkey, four migrants attempted to swim to Cesme

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Tired of hanging around in poor living conditions and with no future in Europe, many refugees and migrants want to leave Greece. As the border to their promised lands remain close, they want to be sent back to Turkey. According to local media on the island of Chios, a total […]





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11
May

Regling proposal: ESM to buy part of Greece’s debt to the IMF, as EMS-loans have lower interest rates

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It is certainly a revolutionary proposal that expected to raise sharp criticism in Germany. Managing Director of the European Stability Fund Klaus Regling has reportedly brought a controversial 2-page proposal to the Eurogroup meeting on Monday. In his proposal, Regling offers that the ESM buy part of Greek debt to […]





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11
May

German FinMin Schaeuble: No Debt “Haircut” necessary for Greece for 10 years

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He maybe felt alone at the Eurorogroup meeting on Monday and remained silent in a rare move to not spoil the fun. But he could not keep himself under control for long time. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Tuesday evening that he sees no reason for a real […]





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10
May

EU’s seeks Plan B for refugees: isolate Greek islands, suspend ferry traffic

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The European Union allegedly prepares a Plan B to stem refugees and migrants flow in case that Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan steps back for the EU Turkey deal and starts sending boats to Europe again. What is this Plan B? To isolate the Greek islands from the mainland and […]





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10
May

Parama Papers: 400 Greeks, 223 offshore companies

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published on Monday the names of thousands of offshore companies and their owners, a data base of 214,000 entities set up in 21 jurisdictions. The leaks contain corporate information about trusts, funds, companies and stakeholder names. The latest Offshore Leaks by ICIJ have uploaded […]





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9
May

Eurogroup ended with no definite result and no disagreement – but with a long unreadable statement

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I need to strongly contemplate on this Eurogroup that ended at 6:30 Brussels times with a new date on May 24th. I need to read the  long and unreadable official statement, Dijsselbloem’s and Tsakalotos’ statements,  reactions coming from the Prime Ministry, and struggle my way through the Greek mainstream media […]





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9
May

EU official claims: Eurogroup decision not possible today because Greece sent its contingency proposal in …Greek!

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The government in Athens allegedly sent its Greek proposal to the institutions of creditors in …Greek. According to claims by an EU official, Athens sent the Greek proposal about the IMF’s contingency measures package in Greek and therefore it was not possible to reach an agreement at the Eurogroup today […]





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9
May

Eurogroup: Dijsselbloem, Schaeuble whistle to the tune of “No Decision Today”

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Interesting. Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Eurogroup real leader Wolfgang Schaeuble gave the tune on what we should expect from today’s extraordinary meeting on Greece, the Greek debt and the Debt Relief. Entering the meeting hall, Dijsselbloem said that today there will be a first discussion on the Greek debt […]





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9
May

Austria’s Chancellor Faymann resigns

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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has resigned after losing the support of Social Democratic party colleagues. Faymann came to power in 2008 but has faced criticism within his party since the far right won the first round of presidential elections last month. He told a hastily convened press conference that Austria […]





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9
May

Eurogroup to discuss Greece’s Debt Relief despite German objections

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“we are closer to a compromise agreement on the package of emergency measures and the closure of the first evaluation of the Greek program, but we are not there yet” an eurozone official told Athens News Agency after the Euro Working Group concluded its work on Monday in preparation of […]





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9
May

The giant WOW-Hamburger effect: Donald Trump wants to apply “Greece’s Default” as model to save USA economy?

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I wouldn’t know that Greece debt and default can be an example that other countries should follow. Apparently it is. In the mind of US Presidential candidate Donald Trump. He came out with his “Big Plan for the Economy: Let’s make like Greece and default on the national debt.” or […]





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9
May

Greek FinMin to face the Eurogroup with 153 YES in Reforms legislation & anticipation that Debt Relief discussion starts

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Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos was already in Brussels, when the Greek Parliament was voting to adopt the Pensions Reforms and new Taxation bill short after midnight. In order to avoid that even one vote is missing, Tsakalotos made use of the option to vote per letter. He was certainly happy […]





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