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Apr

Germany takes 16 Syrian refugees from Turkey, now TR has to take 16 from Greece

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The first Syrian refugees arrived in Germany on Monday morning under the controversial EU-Turkey deal of refugees exchange and send backs. In this silly children’s game called “EU Turkey Deal”, now Turkey has to take 16 Syrian refugees from Greece. The 16 asylum seekers were flown from Istanbul, Turkey, to […]





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4
Apr

UPD 202 people deported from Greece to Turkey in a “dawn operation” (videos, picts)

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The mass deportation operation started as early as 6 o’ clock in the morning, although it was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. The first 136 migrants from Lesvos were already in Dikili, Turkey at 9:30 a.m.It is more than obvious that the Frontex did not want much media around, for […]





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3
Apr

Lagarde tells Tsipras: credit event is “simply nonsense”, asks guarantee for IMF’s team “personal safety”

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Managing Director of International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, replied to the letter sent on Saturday by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras not with a letter but with a Press Release posted on the IMF’s official website. In order to “enhance transparency of dialogue”, you know. Christine Lagarde defends the view […]





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3
Apr

Greece’s Migration Spokesman: “We are expecting violence” among refugees & migrants

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Afghan migrants and Syrian refugees clashed several times at the port of Piraeus, some stabbed each other at Idomeni, several hundreds migrants and refugees broke out of the detention center on Chios and marched through the island. Refugees and migrants trapped in Greece are frustrated and most of them live […]





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3
Apr

Mass-deportations of 750 Migrants to Turkey start tomorrow

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The day to implement the painful EU-Turkey deal has come. A total of 750 migrants will be deported from the Greek island of Lesvos back to Turkey. Two Turkish ships chartered by the Frontex will transport the migrants to the port of Dikeli. According to Athens News Agency, the deportation […]





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2
Apr

IMF comments on WikiLeaks, Greece’s PM sends letter to Lagarde

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The International Monetary Fund did not dismiss the WikiLeaks transcript of a conversation between IMF Europe Desk, Poul Thomsen and IMF’s Greek program responsible Delia Velculescu. Speaking to Washington correspondent of Greek state broadcast Lena Argiri, an IMF source said: IMF:we do not comment on leaks or supposed reports of […]





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2
Apr

Jan Fabre submitted resignation to Greece’s Culture Minister

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Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas said that Jan Fabre submitted his resignation as curator of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. In his resignation Fabre said it was not possible for him to “work in a hostile artistic environment.” In a statement Minister Baltas underlined that Fabre’s resignation was the result of […]





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1
Apr

Research: 5% of 55,000 Greek millionaires migrated in 2015

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Difficult times for Greek princes and princesses… ehm… for millionaires, I mean. From a total of 55,000 Greek millionaires in 2014, 3,000 hit the road of migration last year seeking for a better future in other countries and atmospheres. According to a global research about “Millionaire Migration for 2015“,  the […]





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1
Apr

Ex BoG governor: “IMF warned in 2008, Greece’s long-term debt would soar to 800% of GDP”

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Former Governor of the Bank of Greece Giorgos Provopoulos revealed that the in May 2008, the head of the IMF’s mission to Greece Bob Traa had estimated that Greece’s debts were over 800% of the GDP. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Federation of Hellenic Food Industries (SEVT), Provopoulos […]





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1
Apr

Doctors of the World leave Chios Hot Spot after clashes among refugees

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Clashes between Syrian and Afghan refugees and migrants in the “detention center” on the island of Chios on Thursday night ended with two people stabbed and many with injuries in the legs and the head and severe damage at the facilities of humanitarian organization Doctors of The World that provides […]





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1
Apr

Hubris! Belgian curator of Athens & Epidaurus Festival excludes Greek artists

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The new curator of Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Belgian Jan Fabre triggered stormy reactions when he decided to exclude Greek artists and dedicate this year’s event to “Belgian spirit.” Belgian artist Jan Fabre and new art director of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival announced this year’s event would focus on […]





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1
Apr

Workers at Public Hospitals occupy Health Ministry

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Personnel working at Greek public hospitals symbolically “occupied” the Health Ministry in Athens on Friday morning and closed the entrance with chains. The Panhellenic Federation of Workers in Public Hospitals (POEDIN) said: “A year ago the Prime Minister promised 4,500 recruits and increased funding. Nothing was materialized, funding declined, while […]





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31
Mar

EU confident 500 migrants will be sent back to Turkey on April 4/2016

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The European Commission is confident that re-admission of migrants and Syrian refugees who arrived in Greece after March 2oth 2016 will begin next Monday, April 4th 2016, exactly as it stands of EU-Turkey deal. AN EU official who spoke to Ajanse France Press under condition of anonymity said that “500 […]





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31
Mar

Greek crisis? PPC-Employees still get €4,000 gross per month

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Employees at Greece’s utility Public Power Company earn well. According to data released by PPC for 2015, the company spent in total of 880,268 million euro for the salaries of 18,356 employees. These figures correspond to an annual cost of €47,955 or else in €3,996 gross per month. euros per […]





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31
Mar

Athens: Space Station visible with naked eye at 20:55, Mar 31/2016

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Just in case you’re interested in space and sky. The Space Station will be visible from Athens. With naked eye tonight, March 31st 2016 at 20:55. Enjoy!   Hello Athens 🇬🇷 The @Space_Station is visible naked💥eye at 20:55 ⏰ @karhilam @vassiouti @SiaKossioni @rafredarrows pic.twitter.com/Sm2flkdc3S — Ignazio Magnani (@IgnazioMagnani) March 31, […]





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31
Mar

Additional austerity €5.4bn, tax & contributions hikes to swallow 60% of employees’ wages

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Almost half of employee’s wages goes for taxes and contributions, while the upcoming tax and social security hikes will lead to further losses. According to daily TA NEA the new austerity measures currently on the negotiations table between Greek government and the lenders will end into swallowing 6 out of […]





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31
Mar

Vanessa Redgrave among refugees in Piraeus: “I’m ashamed for this Europe”

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British actress and political activist Vanessa Redgrave visited the provisional camp at the port of Piraeus on Wednesday. She was shocked to see 5,815 children, women and men living in appalling conditions. She sharply criticized European Union for failing to deliver an adequate response to the Refugee Crisis and stressed […]





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31
Mar

Clashes among refugees in Piraeus, 7 injured (video)

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Syrian and Afghan refugees delivered clashes on Wednesday night in the port of Piraeus. Greek media report that at least 300 people got involved in the clashes that left 7 injured and only the intervention of riot police after midnight managed to end the havoc at the port where more […]





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30
Mar
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The best way to digest Debates in Greece’s Parliament is Spaghetti Pesto

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I missed a major event at the Greek Parliament on Tuesday night: the debate on justice and corruption. Instead of get glued on my couch and watch for endless hours government and opposition politicians shouting at each other I did something else though of equal torture effect: I tried to […]





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30
Mar

Tax authorities to monitor Greeks’ bank accounts across the EU

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Greece’s tax authorities will soon be able to monitor all bank accounts that Greek taxpayers have within the European Union, according to a draft law currently being discussed by Parliament’s Financial Affairs Committee. Finance Ministry officials are introducing the clauses on the automatic exchange of bank account information, which will […]





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