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Athens, June 29/11: Glorification of the Greek Democracy

I am so damned proud today! Greece showed that it is a truly democratic country and the people’s will prevails in rate 155:300. Inside the parliament the lawmakers dressed in light summer suits voted pro and contra the Mid-Term Austerity Programme. A 28 billion euro package containing wages, social allowances …

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Euro-Crisis: It’s all Greek to you…

…but it’s Chinese to me! Then for us, Greeks, the idiom “It’s all Greek to me” makes really no sense. However, whether in Chinese or in Greek, the Greek crisis makes no more sense to anybody. The Eurogroup in Luxembroug postponed its decision to release the 5th tranche of 12 billion …

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Disoriented in Greece

I am disoriented today. I feel the heavy load of the additional austerity measures over my shoulders. I have been hanging on the phone and e-mail box the whole morning. Friends call and we exchange views on the measures. Despair. Hopelessness. Internet friends send e-mails asking about Greece’s economic future. What can I …

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Additional Greek Bailout: A Blessing or a Curse?

The new bailout for Greece is unofficially sealed according to international and national media. A pretty packed additional aid of estimated €30-35 billion, revenues of €25 billion through privatizations and a kind of debt ‘recycling’ for €20 billion through private investors will apparently help Greece meet its creditors’ expectations and state expenditures needs. Details of the new deal …

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Greece: Winds of Change?

The wave of Indignants appears to be spreading increasingly and the virus of  “Speak Up”-disease infects more and more people and social classes. The voices of those seeking changes in the deadlocked political system are getting louder. No, no, there not demands about ‘anarchistic revolts, “overturning the order” and other scary political concepts, …

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Greece at Crossroads or Deadlock?

Pressure is mounting against the Greek government, pressure is coming from inland and abroad. In Greece opposition parties refuse to bless the ‘midterm IMF/EU/ECB plan for 2011-2015’. Ordinary people occupy the major squares of 38 cities and chant “Thieves! Thieves!”.  A governing party EU official drops a bombshell and threatens – some call it ‘blackmailing’ – “More …

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IMF-Chief asks Cuts for Greece’s Public Sector Wages

 The Chief of International Monetary Fund could not be more clear! “Public Sector Wages” was the magic sentence he spitted out. Referring to Greece’s economic problems, Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that what Greece need is not debt restructuring but combat its biggest problem, which is competitiveness. “The problem of Greece has …

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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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Why do Greek strays ‘attack’ Greek Civil servants?

Have Greek strays started attacking Greek civil servants? Have the strays in the yard of Ministry of Education been abused? Greek animal welfare portal Adespoto.gr reports of a complaint by a employee at the Ministry. According to the information published at the portal some animal loving  employees care with devotion …

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Greece’s tough struggle at Eurogroup meeting

What does Greece expects today fromthe Eurogroup leaders meeting in Brussels? Athens’ expectations refer to three crucial things: Repayment extension for the €110 billion bailout, Decrease of borrowing interest rates and Buyback of its debt. Practically there has been an EU acceptance on the repayment extension and cuts in the interest …

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Are We a Morally-Bankrupt Society?

This morning I was trying to find some positive news to write about. Something  like “The Good News of the Day”. For a change, you know… But not matter how hard did I try,  I didn’t find anything. We, Greeks, are going through economically difficult and socially disheartening times. We …

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word!

Amid the song and dance of famous “Wedding Party on a Battleship” – the AVEROF, you know… -, which became talk of the country, I forgot, or better say, I didn’t catch up with other important news and issues that affect crisis-suffering Greeks. You may have understood by now that …

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Greeks: Fed up with Scandals & Corruption!

Greeks: Fed up with Scandals and Corruption “They should go …@@@” The insult coming out of my neighbor’s lips is unprintable. Giwrgos has just put aside the Sunday newspaper. “Every day we read about a new scandal, today I see at least 5” he says as he grabs again the …

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We write Greek NEPOTISM in Capitals

We write Greek NEPOTISM in Capitals Nepotism – the favoritism granted to relatives and friends regardless of their merits – has been a common practice in Greece. It has been tolerated by a large percentage of the population for ages, since it provided people with guaranteed income and politicians with …

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Greek Financial Crisis causes Nightmares

THIS MORNING I WOKE UP SCREAMING…. I woke up screaming this morning…. I had a nightmare… I was taken “hostage” by a group of people. Were they the notorious and scary Bonds-Speculators? Were they my devoted blog-visitors?  Or even the no-returning visitors? In my dream, we were all in a …

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