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Ex PASOK Minister Mantelis, ex SIEMENS Executive guilty of money laundering

An Appeals Court on Friday found guilty former Transport and Communications minister Tassos Mantelis of money laundering in the Siemens kickbacks case. Following a lengthy procedure, the judges unanimously ruled that the 450,000 German marks found in Mandelis’ best man bank account which were deposited by the German company was …

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Greek Minister urges Schaeuble to leave the Euro zone

“If Schaeuble continue this policy then we will see bilateral agreements between countries of the [European] south, there is no other. Discussions between the French, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek diplomacy are already on the way. We do not cede the euro to anyone, if Germany wants this then Germany should …

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Anti-authoritarian son of SYRIZA Minister sentenced for “disturbing public peace” outside Golden Dawn offices

An Athens Misdemeanors Court imposed a 14-month imprisonment to the son of a SYRIZA Minister for attacks that occurred last month outside the offices of far-right Golden Dawn in Maroussi suburb of northern Athens. The 21-year-old man and each of three other defendants were sentenced to 14-month imprisonment with 3-year …

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Judges reject Romanos’ request; clashes in Athens over hunger-striker

The Judicial Council rejected on Wednesday morning the request of hunger-striker Nikos Romanos to be granted educational furloughs while in prison. With Justice showing a relentless face towards a convict on hunger strike claiming his right to education as foreseen by the law, media reported last night, that coalition government …

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Hunger-strikers’ parents appeal for their children’s lives, say they will hold Justice Ministry responsible if something happens

The right to education is inalienable and for whatever happens to the health of Nikos Romanos and his friends on hunger-strike responsible will be the Ministry of Justice and Minister Charalampos Athanasiou. That was the main idea of the press conference held on Tuesday by the parents of Nikos Romanos …

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Prisoner Nikos Romanos on hunger strike, while ministries play ping-pong with responsibility

This is an excellent example of political and state hypocrisy: A prison convict for bank robbery was first honored by the President of the Hellenic Republic for passing the university exams while in prison. Nikos Romanos, 21, was even awarded with 500 euro for his achievement, even though he refused …

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Greek Minister resigns over Milk Reform… and nobody notices

Deputy Agricultural Minister Maximos Charakopoulos resigned from his cabinet position on Saturday evening claiming disagreement with the milk reform. However he would vote in favor of the controversial multi-bill on Sunday in order not to hinder the “proper funding of the country.” The multi-bill containing major reforms of the trading …

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Golden Dawn MP fined €1,500 or insulting the parliament

Golden Dawn MP Eleni Zaroulia was fined with 1,500 euro for saying “punks” addressing the Minister of Justice and the lawmakers in the Greek Parliament. Acting parliament speaker Charalambos Markogiannakis, fined Zaroulia for “behavior violating the Parliament statute”. It is the first time that such a disciplinary measure is being …

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Athens: fired school guard attacks Minister

It was certainly not a good idea for the minister responsible for the mass lay-offs in Greek public sector to make an appearance near protesting school guards. Hardly had Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Minister for Administrative Reform got off his car outside the Interior Ministry in downtown Athens, when the group of …

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Greek Lay-offs Minister: “I don’t sleep well at night”

While thousands civil servants are confronted with the nightmare of unemployment, another Greek drama occurs every night in an air-conditioned bedroom. A man is being plagued by difficult decisions. Minister of Administrative Reform Kyriakos Mitsotakis cannot sleep. “I do not sleep well at night when I know that they will …

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Fitch’s new Warning over Greece’s further downgrade

This post can be also called “The daily Fitch warning” as it is the third warning to Greece on further downgrading within a single week!   Fitch Ratings said on Friday that there is a continuing risk that euro-region nations will have their credit ratings downgraded, according to Bloomberg. David Riley, …

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Fitch threatens Greece with new downgrading?

Fitch Ratings may review its credit rating on Greece unless the country is able to convince investors by the end of the year that it will be able to return to debt markets in 2012. “We regard the ability of Greece to get back in the market as quite important,” …

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Fitch cut Greece’s rate into Junk – Greek FinMin reaction

Ratings agency Fitch cut Greece’s credit rating to junk on Friday, highlighting persisting doubts over the country’s ability to pull itself out of a severe debt crisis that has shaken the euro zone, Reuters reported. The rating agency cut Greece’s rating to BB+ from BBB- and kept it under negative …

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The Magic Carpets of Greek Health Ministry

Would you ever thought it’s suitable for a Health Ministry to run a carpets shop? No? Me, neither! However in the country where all things are possible and 1001 ways are found for civil servants to spend a stress-free life enjoying 2001 benefits, if a carpets store would serves purposes, a …

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