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Extra Levy on Water for Greece households and farmers for the sake of water companies privatization

Not one day passes without an extra charge, a one more charge that empties the Greek pockets and pushes thousands into poverty. Whether unemployed, low-pensioner, vulnerable group of the society, whether employee or entrepreneur, the nightmare of additional financial burden does not stop. Out of the blue, here comes an …

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Greek Deputy FinMin: tax reductions for companies and households

Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras announced the  tax reduction for companies and households in the debt-ridden and austerity-hit Greece. In an interview to daily Typos tis Kyriakis Staikouras heralded the Greek fiscal progress in lenders’ imposed austerity program and said that “meeting of the objectives launches the tax rates reduction.” …

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Theory vs Reality gap revealed by “decent living standards criteria” issued by Greek government

How much money does one need to cover monthly basic needs while living in Greece? Well, it depends…. In fact, it depends on who decides. The Troika, the government institutions, the banks, the employers or just the person concerned? The views seem to vary between the theoretical approach and the …

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Almost half of Greek households cannot afford heating oil

…and another half cannot afford to heat with natural gas, I suppose, because prices are just slightly lower. However the real plague is indeed the heating oil, because people have to fill the tanks and stump up some 700-800 euro. in advance. 44 % of Greek households told a survey …

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EUROSTAT: Austerity-hit countries pay for electricity & gas as much as the rich EU North

Good that there are statistics and we can base our complains on real facts and statistical data. Eurostat found out that household electricity and gas prices rose between the second half of 2011 and the second half of 2012 in the Europe of 27. In simple English, that is between …

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Resistance by Unions to Household Tax Escalates

You have just been tricked! You though it’s a news from rebelling Greeks, but it is not! This news item comes from debt-ridden and bailout Ireland. Thank God, Greeks are not the only ones who resist to pay what is generally called “emergency” or “additional” taxes.  Our Irish friends, precisely the …

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Are you ready for the new VAT hikes?

One, two, three weeks… Ready? Go! A new waves of price hikes are going to hit the Greek households as the low Value Added Tax is going to increase from 11% to 13% as of January 1, 2011.These sweeping hikes covering from food items to utilities and from cinema tickets …

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