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“Ancient Greek warriors” and “Pork BBQ” provocateurs against asylum-seekers

Naousa in North Greece 2019: A man in an ancient Greek warrior costume is waiting together with other compatriots on a semi-dark street in the middle of the night. His compatriots are normally dressed given the weather circumstances. What are they waiting for? A rumor spread via Facebook claimed that …

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Op-Ed: European elections in Greece shrink into a Tsirpas-Mitsotakis duel

There is little about Europe in the election campaigns of the Greek political parties. A week before the elections on May 26, the agenda has been limited into a duel between prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his potential successor Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of conservative New Democracy. Smaller parties like KINAL/PASOK …

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“Primary surpluses are too high,” says Moscovici, blames IMF, Greek gov’t

EU Commissioner, Pierre Moscovici, surprised Greeks when when he said that some of the primary surpluses demanded from the country were “too high.” The Commissioner for EU financial Affairs was addressing members of the Greek Parliament on Thursday when he said that some of the primary surpluses demanded from the …

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Pressure for reforms? Merkel to visit Greece with wrong agenda in her luggage

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel will urge Greece to press on with tough economic reforms and maintain strict fiscal discipline when she visits Athens on Thursday for the first time in nearly five years,” reuters reports a day before she arrives in Athens. Moreover, Merkel will encourage Greek politicians to support …

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Populist Alliance has EU leadership paralyzed in its Brussels bubble

Italy’s far-right Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and French populist Marie LePen met in Rome on Monday to seal a unholy alliance: they declared that they are the anti-establishment movement within the European Union. Salvini slammed the European Union for budget restrictions and austerity, the migration crisis as well as …

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The more Turkey is economically cornered, the ruder its “diplomacy” becomes

The inauguration of the renovated Greek Consulate in the coastal city of Izmir was anything but a well prepared show by Turkey to challenge Greece. Not only did they stage a “show of power” with Turkish aircraft; the chief of Turkish diplomacy dared challenged Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias who …

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What will happen if Greece abolishes the pension cuts despite creditors objections?

Greece insists that the austerity measure to further pension cuts as of 1. January 2019 is not necessary. Creditors try to avoid commenting on that, although the usual “Euro Sources Anonymous” claim that the euro finance ministers are against abolishing of the measure. “Greece’s budget 2019 will not include pension …

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