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Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister accuses Germany of “euro zone hegemony”

Luxembourg’s foreign minister accused Germany on Tuesday of “striving for hegemony” in the euro zone by telling Cyprus what business model it should pursue. Like Cyprus, Luxembourg has a large financial sector, whose comparatively light-touch tax and regulatory regime has long irked its much bigger neighbors Germany and France. “Germany …

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German Stammtisch-humor: Merkel’s Envoy Otto Rehhagel arrived in Athens

It must be humor. German humor around the traditional Stammtisch* with Alte Herren* and the whole associated mentality. A humor that other EU citizens may find hard to understand. Hours after Germany re-confirmed its predominance in the Eurogroup and the Euro Zone, former football trainer Otto Rehhagel arrived in Athens. As …

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German banks urge Cypriots to transfer money – Is Berlin collecting the money fleeing the European South?

It comes as many suspected: German banks try to take advantage of the economic crisis in the European  South. A Cypriot received an e-mail by a German Advisory Bureau offering him the opportunity to move his deposits to German banks with an interest rate of 3.0-4.0% for deposits over 50,000 …

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Seven more Greek ‘beef’ products found with horse DNA; 2 imported from Holland & Romania

Greek Food Control Agency (EFET) order the withdrawal of seven meat products after testes proved they contained horse DNA. The products are salami, sausages, kebab and frozen meatballs, produced in Northern Greece and Crete or imported from the Netherlands ( company NL 687 EG* distributed via German DEMKA) and Romania (company LeFruMarine S.R.L.). As the products …

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Greece finds horse DNA in imported Salami and locally produced Kebab

Greek National Food Control Authority announced Friday that two more tested samples of “beef” were found to contain horse DNA. The first sample was found in minced meat ‘kebab’ prepared by a local producer, while the second sample was found in salami imported from Holland. Both samples were taken from …

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Berlin calls Italy: “You are not Greece”

The deadlock in government formation after Sunday’s election in Italy, did not only stirred up the markets but set also the back of Germany on fire. “You’re not Greece, the eurozone can not afford for a Greek-style scenario in Italy” Berlin told Italy through Philipp Missfelder, foreign policy spokesman of Merkel’s …

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Samaras VIP aircraft almost stuck in Berlin due to outstanding fuel debt

 The aircraft that carried prime minister Antonis Samaras to Berlin beginning of the week was almost forced to remain landed at the airport due to a fuel debt of 5,000 euro. The unexpected incident occurred during the fueling process for the return trip to Greece. According to daily Eleftherotypia, “the supplier company …

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Alexis Tsipras to meet German FinMin Schaeuble in Berlin, Jan 14/2013

Leader of left-wing SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, will meet with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin on January 14th 2013. The meeting follows a relevant request by Greece’s main opposition party, apparently mediated to the Finance Ministry through German political party Die Linke. Several Greek media reported that before giving an …

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Samaras to meet Merkel in Berlin, Jan 8/2013

The German government said Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Berlin next week.  Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said Merkel will welcome Samaras to the chancellery on Tuesday morning at 11:30 on January 8th 2013.  Seiber added that Merkel and Samaras will have an informal …

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A Very European Christmas – The sequel to A Very European Break Up (video)

A Very European Christmas’ is an ensemble comedy inspired by the European crisis. It tells the story of the unhappily married Germaine and Greco. She’s German. He’s Greek. Will they and their friends make it through the season of goodwill? The film is a sequel to ‘A Very European Break …

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Merkel’s spokesman denies, she had agreed to Greek debt restructuring

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) feels, she was misunderstood in the issue of debt restructuring for Greece. There was “no change of mind,” of the chancellor, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday. Merkel does not endorse any “debt write-off”.  She did not explain anything different than during the Eurogroup meeting.  “To …

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PM Samaras: “Greece’s Future & Euro-Zone Stability Depend on EU & IMF Decisions”

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras sent a message to European partners and the IMF urging them to take responsibility and move forward in implementing their commitments. Noting that Athens has fulfilled its obligations, he stated that its’ their decisions that will determine the future of Greece, but also the stability of the eurozone. …

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EUROPOL Dismantles International Network Smuggling Migrants to EU

In a joint cooperation with Europol, Greek, Italian and German authorities dismantled an international criminal network smuggling Iraqi and Kurdish migrants to EU. The criminal organisation set up by Iraqis had transferred more than 1,500 people and earned around 12.5 million USD. The criminal used to move migrants from Turkey …

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