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Do You Have an Idea What’s Really Going On in Greece?

Many trees make a big forest. And many puzzle pieces make a big picture. Let’s take the example of a normal day, like today: September 20th. It would  be a normal day some years ago. Let’s say in 2005. People would go to work without any problems, would do their duty and return home.  Members …

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Social Unrest Nears as Greece’s Society Groups Get Angry at Each Other?

It came as expected. Employees affected by the upcoming wages cuts included in the 11.5-billion-euro package took to the streets. Policemen, firefighters, coastal guards, judges, academics, teachers, doctors, tax officers. Greece’s public sector is boiling. Civil servants protest and strike and threaten with escalation of their mobilization.  Sept 6/2012 – Athens: Riot …

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Older Generations Voted for ND, Younger for SYRIZA

reece’s voters demonstrated a “generations’ gap” concerning their voting behaviour. According to the findings of Sunday’s exit polls: Nea Dimocratia received almost double votes by voters older than 55 years old. SYRIZA prevails in age groups 18-54 years old. ND received 20% in 18-34 age group, 24% in 35-54 and …

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EU Leaders vs Greek Voters: Huge Gap, Dangerous Cliff

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti supports ND Antonis Samaras, French President Francois Hollande support PASOK Evangelos Venizelos. The two leaders of the Greek parties that definitely support the austerity bailout. At the same time a, while the country heads for fresh elections, Greeks have developed an allergy towards the austerity and the …

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EC Report – Greece: Unemployment, Income Losses, Poverty

Greece is going from bad to worse. That’s no news, but when it comes summarized through the official data from the European Union it is really impressive.  In its querterly report on employment and the social situation in the opean Union, the European Commission states that 370,000 jobs were lost in the first three quarters …

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Greek Pharmacists Cut Credit for Prescription Medicine as 1.1.12

A scandalous blackmail shines on the horizon, that threatens the lives of millions of Greeks, especially the lives of long-term patients. Another blow is about to sweep away the last euro banknotes of millions of austerity-ridden Greeks. Greece’s pharmacists have decided to cut credits to insurance funds. As of 1.1.12 insured patients will …

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Athens 11° C: Latest Trends Bei Greece’s New Poor

That was another sunny day in Athens today. Chilly but sunny. I had to go ‘downtown’ of the suburb I live to fix some issues, buy a birthday present for a friend. I walked around and visited several shops. What a miserable ‘festive’ mood! Hardly customers inside, not very modern or good quality staff, …

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Guest Post: Proud to Be Greek! YEAH!

What referendum? What early elections? What 50% haircut or 100% bankruptcy? Greeks were not born two years ago. They have a long history, they fought several wars and suffered many hardships. Should they be sacrifized to save the EURO? Hm…. Enough is enough. And you know something?  We are Proud …

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Greek Boil, With or Without “Haircut”

“They put our feet in one single shoe” shouts the old lady as she enters slowly a bakery shop in a middle class suburb of Athens. She stands half-at the doorway and  sends a smile to the bakery woman; she shouts over my head “I can’t buy anything today, I’ve …

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Greeks Coping with the Crisis … or not!

Weekends have been quite ‘teaching’ for me recently as I go more around, chat with neighbors and meet friends and learn more about the concerns of the Greek society. I only need to go to neighborhood super-market to return home depressed. To tell you the truth, every Monday there is a bitter …

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What Should A Greek Wear in Times of Austerity?

Nice and clean underwear, like a sexy boxer! It is a must-have, claims STAR.gr. And I add, that a debt-ridden Greek man should keep , if nothing else, at least his underwear dignity! Star advises men to avoid underwear with hearts, teddy bears or cartoons, not even animal print or a … string [ …

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Troika’s Reforms that Deform the Greek Society

“I am really scr**ed” says Maria. “I have to pay € 2,000 property levy for my home and a similar amount for my holiday home. If you add the income tax, the extra contributions for trade and solidarity, you can imagine how screwed I am ” she says and her voice sounds more and more …

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“Indignant” Greeks walk from Sparta to Athens (pcts, video)

This is Sparta! Indeed. A group of modern Spartans launched a walking march from Sparta to Athens to join the protests outside the Greek Parliament. The group left central Peloponnese on Sunday and is expected to arrive in Athens on Wednesday. Starting point of the march was the Leonidas Statue, the …

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Messolonghi: Locals jeer and boo Justice Minister (video)

Greeks are at the verge of nervous breakdown and do not hesitate to verbally attack government officials -preferably ministers – wherever they meet them. This time, angry lawyers had gathered to ‘welcome’ Justice Minister Xaris Kastanidis in the town of Messolonghi in West Greece.  Kastanidis climbed the long stairs of the local court …

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The End of the Small Village?…

I have been desperately searching for some positive, funny or even weird news to make us smile in a day like this, with lots of economy declines and rain dropping. I tell you! There is absolutely nothing! Not even the local celebrities are able to provide something worth reporting or …

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