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Aug

Anarchists interrupt Sunday mass in Thessaloniki, smash offices of SYRIZA-ANEL in Athens

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A group of anarchists stormed the cathedral in Thessaloniki and interrupted the  mass on Sunday morning. They shouted insults, threw leaflets and quarreled with priests and members of the parish. The priest of the church came out to speak with the protesters who reportedly pushed him away with their hands. […]





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1
Aug

August arrives with a mini heat wave 38C – 39C

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It’s nice to be able to ‘steal’ time and escape to some Greek island near the city of Athens. Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. A short weekend. Fresh air. Crystal clear blue sea. Right there in front of your feet. And a free Wi Fi with weak signal – as […]





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29
Jul

Like a Greek tragedy “Deus ex machina”, Schaeuble rescues Spain & Portugal with his double standards

Posted by in Economy

We always knew that the problem of German finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble with Greece was the left-wing government SYRIZA and that his former Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis was the red cloth in front of the eyes of a raging bull. Now it is confirmed. the Austerity-obsessed German minister practically ‘rescued’ […]





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29
Jul

Refugee flows to Greece increase after Turkish Coup attempt, as Erdogan plays the Migration Card again

Posted by in Politics

Refugees and migrants flow has intensified after the failed coup in Turkey. According to official data from the Greek Migration Ministry and the Coast Guard. Since the failed coup attempt on July 15th, new arrivals from Turkey to Greece have increased with the daily average to reach 100 people. July […]





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28
Jul

“IMF, The 1000+1 Errors” – Fund’s watchdog criticizes programs in Greece, Ireland and Portugal

Posted by in Economy

The much awaited report of the International Monetary Fund’s independent  watchdog (Independent Evaluation Office- ΙΕΟ) is out: 700 pages featuring one by one all the errors, mistakes, miscalculations in the design and implementation of the IMF’s programs in Greece, Ireland and Portugal 2010-2011 and the way it handled the crises […]





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28
Jul

CitiGroup predicts Grexit in next 1 to 3 years

Posted by in Economy

Analysts of the Citigroup bank analysts insist that Grexit is a real possibility in the next 1 to 3 years. Taking into consideration factors like deeper recession and new political instability, the Citigroup analysts see increase of the Grexit risk. In its 3 monthly report Global Economic Outlook and Strategy, […]





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28
Jul

Greece to hire 800 teachers to school 22,000 refugee children

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Greece will hire hundreds of extra teachers to help thousands of migrant children join its public schools in the autumn, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday. “The inclusion of all refugee children in the public school system will begin in September,” Tsipras said in a televised address. “Around 800 […]





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28
Jul

Capital Controls: Greece should allow withdrawals up to €2000/month, scrap silly & bureaucratic daily, weekly or biweekly regulations

Posted by in Economy

The new measures to relax the Capital Controls went into effect on Saturday, July 24th. However, measure with regards to new accumulating withdrawal limit will start to be implementing as of July 30th 2016. While the daily withdrawal limit remains €60 per day, bank customers will be able to withdraw […]





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28
Jul

Gov’t gives low-pensioners extra social drops to swallow the bitter pill of being deprived of poverty allowance

Posted by in Society

Greek government will “compensate” with a total of 50 million euro the poverty allowance (EKAS) cuts to more than 158,000 low-pensioners who saw the little monthly extra being removed from their income since June. The EKAS cuts is a bailout agreement precondition since the 2. bailout of 2012. In the […]





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27
Jul

SYRIZA vs SYRIZA: Ruling Party against Government for refugees’ evacuation from occupied buildings

Posted by in Politics

Greece’s ruling party SYRIZA condemned a decision of the SYRIZA-Indepenten Greeks government to have police raid and evacuate three buildings in Thessaloniki, northern Greece. The buildings were occupied by anti-authoritarians and members of Solidarity movement who had settled refugees and migrants there. “Criminalizing solidarity projects is a method that has […]





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27
Jul

Ex PM Papandreou invites ex PM Blair for summer vacation on Ios island

Posted by in Politics

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and family landed with a private jet on the island of Santorini on Tuesday. “There were strong security measures at the airport,” local website NeaSantorinis.gr notes in its exclusive report. The original plan was that the Blairs travel per ship further to  the rather […]





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27
Jul

Pserimos: Greeks on alert after inhabitants claim of “Turks” and “gunshots”

Posted by in Turkey-GR

Greek authorities have been on alert after residents of the island of Pserimos claimed that they had seen “Turks” on the island and some even claimed to have heard gun shots. Although the claims have not been confirmed, the Greek Coast Guard has been “screening” the sea area around the […]





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27
Jul

Parliament rejects ND proposal for probe into Varoufakis’ Plan X, capital controls, 3. bailout

Posted by in Politics

Greek Parliament rejected the proposal of major opposition party New Democracy to establish a special committee assigned to probe “Plan X”, the imposition of capital controls in June 2015 and the signing of the 3. bailout agreement with the European lenders. Plan X was a contingency plan drafted by former […]





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26
Jul

Tsipras reveals Constitution Review proposals containing ‘direct democracy’ features

Posted by in Politics

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras revealed a set of ideas for Constitutional Reforms and urged people to participate in the relevant public debate that will “lead to a new Greece,” as he characteristically said. The proposals include issues such the election for the president, the immunity of lawmakers, the use of […]





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25
Jul

Turkey purge: arrest warrants against 42 journalists; allegations for detainees’ torture & ill-treatment

Posted by in Politics

There rumor was there and now it is reality: Turkey issued arrest warrants against 42 journalists accusing them to have connections with US-based preacher Fettulah Gulen, the alleged mastermind of the coup. One of the most prominent journalists on the list is veteran reporter and analyst Nazli Ilicak, a former […]





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23
Jul

UPD Munich shooting: Greek teenager boy, 18, among the victims

Posted by in Very Mix

Hussein Daitzik (or Huseyin Dayicik), a 18-year-old of Greek origin, was said to have been shot dead as he tried to protect his sister from the shots. The Daitzik family comes from the Muslim minority in Western Thrace, in north-eastern Greece. The family migrated to Germany in the late 80’s. […]





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22
Jul

Turkey’s President Erdogan was offered to flee to Greece’s islands

Posted by in Turkey-GR

On Coup night, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was allegedly advised to flee to some Greek island. This has been claimed by Serkan Yazici, the owner of the hotel where the Erdogan and his family were spending summer holidays in Marmaris in south-west Turkey. The Turkish President had apparently left   […]





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21
Jul

Greece’s Air Force: Erdogan’s aircraft at no point harassed by rebel F-16s on Coup night

Posted by in Politics, Turkey-GR

Greek Air Force claims that the Presidential aircraft carrying Recep Tayyip Erdogan from Marmaris to Istanbul on coup night was at no point harassed by  rebels’ F-16 fighter jets or any other aircraft. High-ranking sources from the Greece’s Air Force General Staff told private Skai TV, that Greek radars were […]





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21
Jul

Court sentenced 8 Turkish military who fled to Greece – Do they have chances to escape extradition?

Posted by in Politics, Turkey-GR

A Greek court sentenced each of the eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece after the failed coup attempt of July 15 to two months in prison on 3-year suspension, on charges of illegally entering the country. The court recognized “mitigating action under the threat of life.” H However, the […]





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21
Jul

No Border Camp vandalize Thessaloniki City Hall (picts, video)

Posted by in Very Mix

Thursday morning around 11 o’ clock: a group of some 150 people from the No Border Camp leave the premises of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and walk to the City Hall. They raid it from the back door. They destroy the offices of “Europe direct” and the International Migration […]





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