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Athens: Austerity in Public Services closes down Kindergartens

Cutting personnel is one thing, but it becomes problematic when it creates a deadlock and public services are getting hindered. Then you cannot cut the number of citizens. Severe shortages are observed in 87 kindergartens in Athens downtown after the termination of work contracts of 250 employees. However the children …

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Greek survey: Corruption worst than Unemployment

Corruption is Greece’s worst problem, however most Greeks see nothing wrong with paying bribes if they need do, a survey disclosed. A third of Greeks believe that corruption is the country’s biggest problem but more than half see nothing wrong in bribing a public servant if they have to. The …

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Greek Teachers on Strike, Mar 30 – Rally in Athens downtown

There were so many news today that I almost forgot that. Primary and secondary school teachers will be on 24h strike tomorow, March 30, 2011. They oppose the planned mergers of schools and the possibility of wages cuts and loss of social security and labour rights. They plan a protest …

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(Upd) Mornos Water pipeline breaks down – Residents Flee

A sixty meters rift broke in the Mornos pipeline that carries water to the Greek capital. Masses of water were released flooding fields, houses and shops. Panic broke out among the residents  who were warned almost at the last minute to  flee the rushing water. Most affected was the Saranti village …

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Keratea: There is a war going on 50 km SE of Athens… (videos)

 In Ovriokastro village church bells rang, and sirens and megaphones called the residents to rush to the road blocks on the outskirts of the town. “We are getting attacked!” the voice was warning through the megaphones, while the shrilling sound of municipality sirens was sending waves of goosebumps to men …

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Greece: Monster of Unemployment grows but Political leadership optimist

The monsterof unemployment in Greece is growing and threatens to get out of control. Concellor of private sector labor union GSEE, S. Robolis informed members of the Greek Parliament that unemployment is estimated to reach 22% at the end of 2011 and the number of jobless will reach 1,200,000 people. …

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Greece: You know there is an economic crisis, when…

When your otherwise silent neighbors start quarreling…. When voices full of anger start coming through walls and stairways and a personal drama is taking place behind closed doors and windows… When a man yells “Think, I’m not looking for job?” and a woman shouts “Shhh, they can hear us!”  When the sounds of …

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Athens: Atenistas – Bookcrossing, Mar 26, 12-4 pm

Ops, I almost missed that one! Atenistas organize a Bookcrossing, today, Saturday, March 26 from 12 to 4 pm. The event takes place at the Municipality Library of Athens. You can trade Greek and foreign language books you have already read or  you can even leave read books that will …

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Greece changes into Summer Time, Mar 27

Greece joins the Club of Summer Timers to save energy and clocks will go forward one hour in the night from March 26 to 27, 2011. The change takes place at 3 o’clock in the morning… when suddenly it will be 4 o’ clock! OK, we miss on hour sleep, but we …

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Athens: Greeks booed Politicians after the Military Parade (video)

Greeks booed politicians and chanted slogans after the conclusion of the 25th March military parade at Syntagma Square. While the politicians were making statements to television channels, people started to boo them and shout “Thieves!”, Traitors!”, “Shame!” and “Bring Back the Stolen Money!”. The President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias, …

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Athens:Far-rights attack migrant street vendors before the Parade (video)

It was shortly before 11 o’ clock, just minutes before the beginning of the military parade, when members of far-right group Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) chanting racist slogans attacked according to one source street vendors selling Greek flags, according to another source immigrants who were passing by. A third source seems to …

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On the occasion of the Day… the Purrrfect Patriot – Video

On the occasion of the Day where the national spirit is high, the Greek Flags are waving and the National Anthem is heard, I have to repost the purrrfect patriot! A male cat, soaked with ultimate patriotic spirit, stands upright to his back legs and stays still upon listening to the Greek National Anthem! I …

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25th March Parade in Athens downtown – Traffic regulations

The big military parade starts at 11 am and is expected to be concluded at 1 pm.  The centre of Athens is closed to traffic for public transport and private vehicles. The area affected is practically from the upper Syggroy Avenue down to Omonia Square. The parade is taking place …

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What is the 25th March National Holiday in Greece about?

What a beautiful day to celebrate a National Holiday! Sunny and not too warm! Greeks celebrate the 25th March with a double holiday: a historical and a religious one. Greeks celebrate the War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. The “Greek Revolution” was a successful war of independence waged by …

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Greeks protest Culture Minister at Europa Parliament (video)

Protests against Greek politicians are continuing in Greece and abroad and last ‘victim’ was Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos. He was attending the event “2,500+1 years after the Marathon Battle” at Europa Parliament in Brussels, when members of  Belgian Solidarity Committee with Greeks raised a banned saying: “EU &  IMF Barbarians, …

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Athens: Teachers confronted with police, 8 detentions (video)

Schools teachers were confronted with riot police during the studentsparade on the occasion of the National Day celebrations to commemorate the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. The incidents started when teachers tried to break the riot police chain and walk at Amalias Avenue at Syntagma Square …

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Two-kg Explosive Device at Tax Office in Athens

An explosive device was difused by police at an Athens tax office after a warning phone call.. The explosives were hidden in a metal box in a plastic bag and left in a trash toilet boxat the basement of a tax office in Neos Kosmos suburb of Athens on Wednesday. An …

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It was the Gummy Bear and not the Pokemon…

I made a grave mistake this morning in my story “What’s up in Greece on March 22?”. I reported that the Pokemon was stolen from  a nursery school. But it turns out, it was the Gummy Bear and not the Pokemon. Thieves entered the nursery school and stole a CD player, …

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Millions of Grasshoppers attack Achaia Prefecture

Millions of grasshoppers fell over fields of the Achaia Prefecture on the Peloponnese on the West of Greece. Huge swarms of grasshoppers or locusts appeared and threaten the agricultural production. Aigialeia, Kalavryta and Evrymanthos are the areas most affected, while there are reports that the destroying insects have been seen even …

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Oh No! Greek Politicians are not corrupted, after all!

Not only super rich and less rich Greeks but also nun deposited  their money in banks outside Greece out of fear of an economic collapse. “I don’t know if we ate the money together, but for sure we helped them ‘escape’ together” said P. Nikoloudis, Chairman of the Commission for Money Laundering …

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