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Athens Parades: Minor Tension Between Teachers/Riot Police (videos, pcts)

The students’ parade concluded in an atmosphere of strong discontent about the unprecedented draconian security measures that did not allow parents to watch their children paying a homage to the heroes of Greek Revolution of 1821. The sudents marched in front of Education Minister in an “sterile” environment as spectators were banned for …

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Athens: National Day Parades Behind Iron Bars (Mar 24-25/12)

Athenians are stunned to see such draconian security measures during National Day parades. A large area in front of the Greek Parliament has been secured with railings in order to keep away potential troublemakers. The VIP tribune where the political and military leadership of the country take place has been guarded day and …

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President Obama Celebrated Greek Indepence Day with “Kalispera”

US President Barack Obama hosted a reception at the White House to celebrate the 191th anniversary of the Greek Independence Day. Hundreds of diaspora Greeks were invitedto the reception and President Obama opened his speech with a Greek “Kalispera” ( “Good evening”), according to Athens News Agency Greek media reported. …

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Latest Greek Survey: First Party the… “Undecided”

25% of the Greeks are “undecided” when it comes to the question, which party would they vote. In a latest public opinion survey conducted by Kapa Research for weekly newspaper To Vima, conservative Nea Dimokratia receives 18.1%, socialist PASOK 14.3%, Communist KKE 8.2%, left SYRIZA 6%, Democratic Left 4.9%, far-right LAOS …

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Oh, These Crazy Greek Public Services…

The news are overwhelming and we hardly find time to separately post about them. Unpaid doctors, corrupt doctors, angry pharmacists, seniors without pensions, insured queuing to get medicine refund. As the early elections near, hardly a public service seem to function properly, also because of the personnel shortage due to …

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Rift in Papademos Coalition Government Over Taxi-Bill

A rift broke in the Papademos coalition government when one minister rejected the bill proposed by another minister. Further the minister assures, he would not even vote in favor during a parliament voting. Transportation Minister Makis Voridis (Nea Dimocratia) tabled a bill liberalizing the taxi ownership licences. The bill foresees among …

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Merkel Would Visit Greece, if it wasn’t for the BILD Newspaper…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  would love to visit Greece, but apparently she has fallen victim of the exaggerated reports about anti-German sentiment. During a meeting with the president of private sector unions umbrella GSEE, Yiannis Panagopoulos, in Berlin, Merkel said “We have different opinions on the policies that should be applied, …

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March-25-Parades: For Invited Guests & Accredited Journos Only!

Unprecedented security measures will apply during the National Day parades on March 25th 2012 out of fear for the outbreak of protests and riots. Some 7,000 policemen will safeguard the politicians who will attend the military parade in Athens. Security measures are planned also for March 24th 2012, when the …

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Greece To Pay at least €35.5 Million to PSI Advisers

 OUCH! Greece has to pay at least 35.5 million euro to its two main advisers helping the debt-ridden country with its Greek Bond swap (PSI) or in common English “debt restructuring”. Greek Finance Ministry saw itself obliged to reveal the payments, after daily Proto Thema  claimed on Tuesday, that Athens had …

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Prosecutor Charges Ex Proton-Banker Lavrentiadis With Fraud

A Greek prosecutor filed felony charges against prominent Greek banker and onwer of pharmaceutical companies Lavrentis Lavrentiadis over a financial scandal that has led to the demise of small lender Proton Bank, court officials said on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Lavrentiadis, a high-flying businessman who started from the chemicals industry …

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Greece: Daylight Saving – Clocks to Move Forward Mar 25/12

The clocks will go forward by one hour on Sunday 25 March 2012 as Daylight Saving Summer Time begins in Greece.  The official time changes at 3.00 am. Clocks have to be moved forward to 4.00 am. People will ‘lose’ one hour of sleep, which they will gain back at the end …

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