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Greek Media on Strike, Apr 7-10

Greek media are on strike from April 7 to April 10. That is from Thursday 6:00 am until Monday 6:00 am there will be no news in television and radio. Sunday newspapers came out today, they will be on sale until April 10 and if you buy them on Sunday …

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Athens: Citizens jeer Deputy Prime Minister (videos)

The “Door-to-Door”, citizens’  movement found its way to Athens noble district Kolonaki where deputy prime minister Theodoros Pangalos has his political office. Armed with a huge teddy pig and megaphones a group of 30-40 senior Athenians started shouting slogans, that…. you don’t want me to translate them in English, do you? …

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Messolonghi: Locals jeer and boo Justice Minister (video)

Greeks are at the verge of nervous breakdown and do not hesitate to verbally attack government officials -preferably ministers – wherever they meet them. This time, angry lawyers had gathered to ‘welcome’ Justice Minister Xaris Kastanidis in the town of Messolonghi in West Greece.  Kastanidis climbed the long stairs of the local court …

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Athens:… and Omonia Sq. was turned into a Fancy Beach!

This day is dedicated to stun Greeks! Multicoloured sun umbrellas, golden sand and orange comfort chairs turned the Omonoia Square in the middle of Athens into a fancy beach! Moms brought their kids, young pairs slipped into their bathing suits and youngsters started to play beach volley in the decayed downtown …

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Athens: One protester injured during clashes with police (video)

 One protester was injured in the head during clashes with police in noble Athens district Kolonaki, in the city’s downtown. The incidents started when municipality workers attempted to approach the Ministry of Interior but were hindered by the riot police. Protesters tried to break the police ‘wall’, the police fired teargas and …

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Theodorakis stuns Greeks in rare TV appearance (video)

“Stunning!” That’s the only single word that shot in the minds of thousands of Greeks who watched composer and politician Mikis Theodorakis talking on a live television broadcast on Thursday morning. That’s what I thought, what’s what some  friends thought, what’s what many bloggers and websites administrators wrote: “Stunning”! In a …

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UK plane bound to Egypt makes emergency landing in Greece after bomb threat

A Thomson Airways Boing from UK to Sharm-el-Sheik made an emergency landing in Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos after a bomb threat. According to latest information, the passengers have been immediately boarded off the plane. The thriller in the skies occurred when the plane was in the Athens FIR and created …

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IMF-austerity even for Army Chiefs

Gone are the times where high ranking officials would sit relaxed at the back seat of a limouzine and let the driver slender them though the avenues so they could meet their  official appointments. With strict austerity measures,  state spending cuts and gasoline prices nearing 2 euros per liter these …

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Italian FAI claimed responsibility for letter bomb to Greek prison director

An Italian organisation took responsibility for the letter bomb sent to Director of Korydallos prison in Athens. “Informal Anrachist Federation (FAI) had attached a  two pages proclammation inside the letter bomb that was safely detonated by police experts on Thursday. The proclamation was writen in Italian and was detected at forensic …

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Gaddafi asked asylum in Greece?

Muammar Gaddafi together with family members, close friends, first degree relatives and clan leaders has asked asylum in Greece. Several Gaddafi’s envoys have already make the necessary arrangements so the Arabs on exile will find comfort and leisure on the beautiful island of Crete. A huge summer resort is apparently …

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Greek PM: Think positive! Hallelujahhhhh

Just as I was thinking to consult a psychotherapist to cure me from the deep economic depression, our Prime minister George Papandreou offered me this service free of charge. Well, not exactly ‘free of charge’, if you consider how much money we pay to maintain the state apparatus and pay back …

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Letter bomb for the Director of High Security Prison in Athens

A letter bomb was sent to the Director of the high security Korydallos prison in Athens. The envelope was detected at noon time among the correspondence at the guards’ booth at the male prisoners premises. The suspicious package was neutralized by experts. Greek media report that the envelope had stamps and …

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Children of a Lesser God excluded from a school parade

Teachers in a village of Larissa refused permision to a child with down syndrome to participate at the National Day School Parade, on March 25.  In this shameful incident for the teaching community the school principal and the school trainer asked from the parents a writen statement from the child’s consulting …

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The End of the Small Village?…

I have been desperately searching for some positive, funny or even weird news to make us smile in a day like this, with lots of economy declines and rain dropping. I tell you! There is absolutely nothing! Not even the local celebrities are able to provide something worth reporting or …

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Greek Ombudsman: Public Administration Paralyzed

We all swear at the hour we have to contact a public service and fix an issue. We most likely get confronted with a leisurely moving civil servant who has just hung up the phone -a private phone call, it’s understood. A rude woman who pretends to check long lists with numbers. …

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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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