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Far-Right Extremes Harass PASOK Official During Election Campaign

The election campaign in Greece is getting more and more turbulent. After the protests last Thursday while PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos was delivering a speech, two more incidents occurred on Saturday. Members for far-right extremist Chrysi Avgi, started chanting “Thieves” against while former minister Petros Eythimiou was chatting with citizens in Maroussi, …

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Novelty? Rent-A-Cop. A Real Greek Cop….

Feel unsafe when you go to pick up money from your local bank? You could rent a trained guard from squads of  Greek Police EL.AS. For just 30 euro per hour. For additional 20 euro you could also be escorted by a policeman on a motorcycle or accompanied by a police dog. A …

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Rumors on Postponement of Greek Early Elections

The rumors about postponement of the early elections has been persisting since the last 48 hours. The rumor alerting millions of austerity-hit, debt-ridden and frustrated Greeks waiting to down vote several politicians, had almost a logical basis. While the government had said that the snap polls would be held around  the end …

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Greek Crisis: Welfare Bodies Close to Bankruptcy

” The financial situation in which Greece’s national insurance bodies find themselves is, to say the least, very serious. The organisations are the victims not only of the serious economic crisis in which Greece finds itself but also of the two-party system that has ruled the country for years and that …

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Anagnostakis: “Old Streets I Loved and Hated Endlessly…”

The previous post about Athenians and migrants searching for food in the garbage bins reminded me of this powerful poem by Greek existential poet Manolis Anagnostakis. It is called “Old Streets” (Δρόμοι Παλιοί). Pain and despair. And lost souls in the anonymity in a city that is dead… Anagnostakis may …

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Shock in Athens: People Find Food in Garbage Bins (video)

Fish eggs, rotten vegetables, cracked eggs, expired dairy products, a loaf of old bread… They pick everything they think they can eat from the big garbage bins standing outside super-markets and restaurants. They set aside their dignity and dig deep in the stinking bins to secure something to eat. A …

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Hundreds of Athenians Queue For Free Vegetables

Not one, not two, but twenty tons of potatoes, onions, carrots and spinach were unloaded at Syntagma Square in the early morning hours of Wednesday to be distributed to people for free. Farmers from Viotia wanted to protest the defamation of their products and restore their reputation. They brought their vegetables …

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Hundreds of Greeks Lined Up for a Food-Aid Package

Hundreds of needy citizens lined up as early in the morning of the last day of austerity year 2011 to get an aid package distributed by the Greek Red Cross. Large families, lonely elderly, jobless, homeless, immigrants and refugees queued outside the Red Cross Headquarters in downtown Athens for a package of aid that …

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BBC: Why Greece Is The Sick Man of Europe

It’s high time that international media start to report about the real hardship Greeks have to deal with each and every day, especially with shortages and cuts in the health care sector. If you consider that due to unemployment several hundred thousand Greeks are without social security the access to health …

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Selling Umbrellas on a Sunny Day ?!

I was walking at the beach with a friend on Sunday noon. The air was a bit chilly, full with the essences of the sea. The sun was shining with an extraordinary intensity for the season, covering the Saronic Gulf, the sand and the people with a sparkling and happy light.  Young and old have have come …

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Greeks Queue For A Charity Free Meal

Thousands Greeks queue day in, day out for a free meal, a slice of bread and a bottle of water at the soup kitchens organized by charity organisations. While until recently the majority of the needy queueing for free meals were homeless, drug addicts and illegal immigrants, the picture changed in …

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Shocking! Unemployment at 16.3%, 810K Greeks without Job

Unemployment in Greece reached shocking level with 810,821 people without job. According to National Statistics Authority, unemployment increased 36.5%  in comparison with the April-June 2010 period. Without job is 1:3 youth and 1:5 women. Migrants are economically active at 73%, while the Greeks only at 52%. For the first time the jobless …

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Athens downtown is boiling with anger and frustration

“Will you go…?” The old, thin man is standing at the doorstep of my friend’s shop – two blocks away from the spot where Manolis Kantaris, 44, was stabbed to death by criminals, alledgedly immigrants while he was going to pick up his car and bring his pregnant wife to the hospital …

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General Census for Greeks & Foreigners, May 10-24, 2011

A general census for humans living in Greece will take place May 10-24, 2011. An army of 55,000 enumerators will go on the streets, knock on doors and ask questions about age, occupation, education, employment. Furthermore there will be questions about the home,  like energy sources, water, heating, insulation, waste …

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Number of Greeks seeking charity free meals increased dramatically

A sharp increase in free meals demand by Greeks has been recorded by the Church  in recent months. Father Chrysostomos Symeonidis from the  Charitable Service of Church of Greece told news portal Capital that since last September the number of Greeks seeking free meals distributed by the Church has been dramatically increased. “While last year …

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Greece – Libya: Limnos F451 goes, Themistoklis F465 comes

We have been reporting since last week that the Greek frigate “Limnos” has been patrolling in the waters between the island of Crete and Libya. Today the news came in, that “Limnos set sail from the Souda Bay, bound for waters between Libya and Crete”. Furthermore it has been said that “the …

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