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Mood in Greece plunges from “Bad” to “Worse”. Gap between People and Government Growing

Another tough week has started for Greece after a weekend of  heavy bombardment with EU politicians and aspiring IMF heads, economists and bankers, journalists and institute heads in Cassandras’ dresses predicting  the inevitable, i.e. that international markets have written off  ‘Greece’ and that noble methods like ‘blackmailing’ and ‘threatening’ are been excessively …

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Unprecedented! 100,000 Greeks Protest in Athens, May 29

Impressive! More than 100,000 Greeks gathered in front of the Parliament at Syntagma Square to protest the austerity measures and express their discontent about the politicians. “Indignants” from all ages and social classes without political parties and ideologies joined their voices chanting “Thieves”, “Traitors” and “Shoo!”. In an unprecedented gathering of …

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Athens: Meeting H.M. Legendary Riot Dog, Loukanikos!

There can be no Athens protest without legendary riot dog Loukanikos. There we were standing yesterday, when a modest four-legged creature, with eyes down to earth, unaware about his world-wide fame passed by. With his neon-orange collar to avert ticks and attract humans. He sneaked purposefully by, between jeans and capri trousers, suits …

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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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Greeks worry about their savings – 9 billion euros withdrawn in 1Q 2011

More and more Greeks turn to local banks and withdraw their deposits out of fear of  a possible bankruptcy leads people to withdraw their deposits from banks. News portal news247  has a very good report on the issue, a report that coincides with the fears of my friends and relatives. The …

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Athens: We need a Flower Market here…

How true! The city of Athens needs something nice, to rise above the dirt, the grey, the misery. Something nice like a Flower market. On the occasion of the Athens Flower Market (Kotzia Square, til June 5rd) blogger Athens Ville writes about the necessity of a permanent market to enjoy …

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Total Failure of IMF-Program in Greece

Eleven million Greeks are depressed – one day after the news austerity measures package proclaiming the sale off of the country, taxes hikes and pensions decreases. And there comes the Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou admitting the total failure of the economic program as dictated, imposed and implemented with the consulting aid of Greece’s …

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Restrictions in more than 130 ‘closed’ professions to be lifted, Jul 2

Looking at the list of the 130 professions that will soon be open I couldn’t by say: WOW! So many professions were ‘closed’? The finance ministry announced the automatic abolition of all restrictions regarding the access and operation of a long list of professions, valid as of July 2, 2011. The …

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Santorini: Landslide kills one American tourist, injures four

One American tourist was killed and four other foreigners were injured when a group of rocks slided down the island of Santorini. According to news portal Zougla, the 52-year-old American was on a donkey ride sight-seeing tour together with his wife, his son and some other foreign citizens.  Shortly after 4 p.m. a group of …

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Theodorakis /Kasimatis: IMF-Memorandum Against Greek Constitution

Greek musician Mikis Theodorakis and constitutional law professor Yiorgos Kasimatis  submitted an official note concerning the IMF/EU/ECB Memorandum of Understanding signed by Greece and questioned its compatibility with the constitution. The two men submitted their objection to Greek President Karolos Papoulias during a visit to presidential manor.   Theodorakis stressed …

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The Voice of “God” scares Church-Thief

The guy went into a chuch and tried to break the cashier from the candle stand. The moment he was approaching the wooden money box, he heard a mysterious voice “Get out of there! What are you doing?” It wasn’t God’s voice though but just the chapel-cantor who saw the thief in spe and got a …

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IMF-austerity changes the drinking habits of Greeks

It’s quite normal in certain societies to drawn your problems into high-percentage spirits. However Greeks go the other way around. A bottle whisky or vodka in the super market basket? No, not anymore! Prices went up last summer due to tax increases and the average Greek thinks twice before shell …

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