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With €100million Germany co-funds Greek Investment Fund for SME

Greek Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis and executive vice president of the German state investment bank KfW Christian Funke put their signatures on the Greek-German Investment Fund agreement aiming to lend a helping hand to small and medium size enterprises. According to Hatzidakis, the German side will contribute 100 million euro, …

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Merkel in Athens: “I came to take a look into the future”

“I came here to take a look into the future and talk with new people with new ideas,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, right upon her arrival in Athens. I have to apologize right away, though. It was not …

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Greek President talks to Gauck about German WWII reparations

President Karolos Papoulias raised the issue of World War II reparations to his German counterpart Joachim Gauck currently on a 3-day official visit to Athens. But as expected, Gauck repeated the official legal position of Berlin and promised to express his Karolos Papoulias told Gauck hat Greece has not dropped …

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Samaras in Berlin – Merkel sees light in the Greek tunnel

“Germany will do everything it can to help Greece for a successful EU presidency,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. “We are beginning to see light in the tunnel ,” she concluded stressing that Germany supports the tough decisions in …

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Survey: 4:10 Greeks borrow money to pay their bills

Four out of ten Greeks borrow money in order to pay utility and other bills. Also 40% states that they have not enough money to live a decent life due to lay-offs, unemployment, wage cuts, increased taxes and the price of heating oil, and declare that utility bills -electricity, telephone, …

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Merkel – Steinbruck TV Duel on Greece: does it really matter?

I can tell you right away: no, it doesn’t! It doesn’t really matter what the Christian-Democrat, conservative and neo-liberal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and her Social-Democrat challenger Peer Steinbrueck exchanged on clever and quick statements, announcements and criticism last night, during their TV-duel. It doesn;t really matter what they …

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Merkel: Pressure on Greece will not relax

I have the feeling, Greeks help German chancellor Angela Merkel lead a successful elections campaign and consequently win the next elections. By asking an additional 10-billion euro package, by fulfilling the Troika imposed ‘structural reforms’ with great struggling, by demonstrating inability to catch the real big fish of tax evaders …

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Germany may delay €2.5 billion bailout tranche to Greece

Has Greece fulfilled all the conditions to receive the next bailout tranche of 2.5 billion euro? According to German deputy Finance Minister apparently not. In a letter to German Parliament (Bundestag) Steffen Kampeter claims, that the debt-ridden and slow-in-reforms country has  completed 17 out of 22 required measures. While Athens …

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Golden Dawn MP calls German FM Westerwelle “Mrs.”

Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panayiotaros called German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle “Mrs.”. During a speech in the Greek Parliament, Panayiotaros referred to the visit of finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and said he was not in charge of the German WWII reparations to Greece. Addressing the Parliament, Panayiotaros said: “The government …

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Germany invites jobless EU youth to go there for work

5.501 million unemployed youth across Europe? 3.531 million jobless youth in the Eurozone alone? No problem for all those with or without university education who if lucky could find a temporary job as pizza boys and service girls for 400 euro per month. Germany opens its arms and welcome all the …

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German FinMin Schaeuble to visit Athens, July 18/2013

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will visit Athens on July 18th 2013 and will meet with his Greek counterpart Yiannis Stournaras and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Speaking at the German Parliament, Schaeuble said that on the agenda of the talks will be “bilateral issues with emphasis in combating youth unemployment in …

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