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30
May

Mars reaches closest point to Earth: just 75mn km away, May 30/2016

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Do not miss an amazing cosmic phenomenon tonight, Monday, May 30th 2016. Planet Mars reaches its closest approach to Earth for 11 years this evening at 21:35 GMT. The red planet will be just 75 million kilometers away. Mars has been steadily approaching, tripling its apparent diameter as seen through […]





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30
May

Rescuer cradles drowned migrant baby. Shocking, right?

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Hey! Don’t! Don’t look away! Right. The baby is not sleeping. The little one, probably less than a year old, half dressed in baby clothes, was pulled from the sea by the team of a German humanitarian organization operating a rescue boat between Libya and Italy on Friday. Rescuer Martin […]





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30
May

SYRIZA claims to burden more the rich – but poor to pay their share too

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Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas – Vanity of vanities and all is vanity. In the sense of “earthly life and the worthless nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.” Although atheists in the majority, left-wing comrades of SYRIZA seem to be deeply religious though. One can see a religion-based philosophical […]





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30
May
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Greece’s FinMin tells creditors: “not all prior actions & prerequisites can be implemented”

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Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos has reportedly send a letter to EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, IMF’s responsible for European Program, Poul Thomsen, and ECB’ Benoit Couere informing the country’s lenders that Greece cannot implement all prior actions and prerequisites requested for the release of the 3. bailout tranche. According to […]





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29
May

Putin came, prayed and left: Geopolitics, investment & religion

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Russian President Vladimir Putin came to Athens,  signed agreements, prayed in Mount Athos and left. On bilateral level, he signed a series of multiple agreements with the Greek side, a declaration of good will and cooperation in tourism, culture, and the usual staff. For sure, renewal of Greek-Russian relations is […]





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28
May

Migrant commits suicide in the center of Larissa

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A young migrant took his life in the center of the city of Larissa, in central Greece. According to local media, the man was found to have hanged himself from a tree very close to one of the main streets of the city. According to locals, the young man was […]





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28
May

Minister Pappas: Gov’t determined to break “triangle” of corruption between politics, media & banks

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Greece’s State Minister responsible for media, Nikos Pappas said that the time has come to break the “triangle” of corruption, which he says exists between politics, banks and the media arguing that transparency is the key to sustainability. He defended the new ruling that overthrows the established system for television […]





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27
May

Greeks’ Putin-Cult & the legend “The Blond Race will save Greece”

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On the occasion of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Greece, I feel I have to tell you the story about the legend of the “Blond Nation” that will save Greece. The legend has its origins in the 400 years of Ottoman occupation of Greece and the wars […]





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27
May
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Putin in Athens: Draconian security measures for Russian President

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At least 2,500 members of Greek police, security and anti-terror units, have already been deployed all along the way from Athens airport to the city center, where the Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit President Prokopis Pavlopoulos first and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras half an hour later. The Greeks will […]





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27
May

Farmer turns “millionaire” with €200million on his account – Just a bank error

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Millionaire for a couple of hours: 200 million euro are booked in the bank account of a farmer in Crete. The thrill lasted only a couple of hours as it turned out it was an “accounting error.” The vice president of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives in Heraklion, Myron Chiletzakis, […]





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26
May
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Clean Beaches: With 430 Blue Flags Greece earns 4rd place in EU: 1st is … Luxembourg!

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Greece has earned the fourth place in Europe with regards to the quality of its bathing waters. According to data published by the European Environment Agency,  97.2% of areas inspected were deemed to be outstanding. The EEA also announced that the country was positioned third worldwide in terms of Blue […]





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26
May

Putin criticizes EU & EC, one day before his visit to Greece

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One day before his visit to Greece, Russian President Vladimir Putin shared his thoughts about Greek-Russian relations and sharply criticized Europe and the European Commission. In an open letter sent to daily Kathimerini, Putin also expressed strong interest in Privatizations, especially in TRAINOSE and the Port of Thessaloniki. Hailing Greece […]





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25
May

UPD Imminent intervention? Greece, Italy & Malta close their airspace for aircraft departing from Libya

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Weird things are happening in the Mediterranean Sea. Almost simultaneously three countries in the Mediterranean have closed their airspace and territories for aircraft departing from Libya. The exceptions are very few and could hind on the transport of military and evacuees. At the same time, three NATO exercises are taking […]





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25
May

IMF admits it had to reach a compromise at Eurogroup to “save” Greece

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Did they agree or not? The International Monetary Fund and the Eurogroup? Rather not. Or even better: They compromised and agreed to push the problem in the future. Washington correspondent of Greek state broadcaster ERT, Lena Argiri, spoke with an IMF official who said “key problem yesterday was that EU […]





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25
May
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Idomeni evacuation in slow pace as many reluctant to move to new camps

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Evacuation of Idomeni continues also on Wednesday although in slower pace than on Tuesday, the first day of the massive operation to have 8,500 refugees and migrants transferred to organized camps.   From idomeni to Sindos camp – via @Antolalto  Police tries to convince more and more people to leave […]





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25
May
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UPD Greece’s public sector: Education Ministry plans exams to “legalize” 2,500 fake high-school certificates

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Sometimes I really fail to understand the logic of this government. Greek Education Ministry plans to “legalize” 2,500 fake high-school degrees obtained by civil servants. “we have looked into the issue and have found them [2,500 fake school degrees],” a “source” told  Avgi, a daily close to SYRIZA. The source […]





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25
May

Eurogroup on Greece: a carrot for a bunch of sticks

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The marathon negotiations in Brussels ended at 3 o’ clock in the morning. The Eurogroup finance ministers but in fact Germany and the International Monetary Fund agreed to give a carrot to Greece yet keep waving a bunch of sticks for as long as it takes. At first stage, lenders […]





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24
May
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DefMin Kammenos calls VAT hikes as “criminal” & “unconstitutional”; he voted for them on Sunday

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Defense Minister Panos Kammenos lamented Value Added Tax hikes for six islands. He described the hikes as “criminal” and “unconstitutional” and claimed that he was about to resign exactly for this austerity measure. “The VAT hike on the islands is a criminal act, an unconstitutional decision for which we gave […]





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24
May
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Erdogan tells EU: Turkey’s Parliament will block EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it very clear to EU and his – rather former – friend German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Turkey’s Parliament would block the EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel, the famous EU Turkey Deal that was supposed to stem the flow of refugees and migrants […]





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24
May

Eurogroup plays the usual pretty dirty games with Greece

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The Eurogroup started an hour later than scheduled probably because each and every Eurozone Finance Minister make a long statement at the doorstep. Before Greece’s lenders seal the closure of Program Review and decide on the release of the bailout tranche of €10.3 billion – as Greek state media report […]





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