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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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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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350 Greeks attempted to commit suicide due to economic problems

More and more Greeks are driven to desperate actions due to the never ending economic crisis. The National Federation of Consumers’, Borrowers’ and Citizens’ Protection issued a statement stating that in the last 16 months more than 350 people attempted to commit suicide due to economic problems. Revealing picture of …

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Poll: 8 out of 10 Greeks ‘pessimist’ about the Economy

Eight out of ten Greeks declare, they are “pessimist” as far as the course of economy in general and their own economic situation in particular. In a poll conducted by the Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry with the title “Economy Barometer” 1,000 Greeks through out the country were asked between …

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Huffington Post:”What Greece needs now is a new hero” – Oh My!

There is a long, much too long internet article on Huffington Post, advising Greece to find a “new hero”!? In a rather superficial and irrational,  if not ‘naive’ and kind of  popularized psycho-spiritual approach, Vanessa Andris, first generation Greek-American, seems to ignore the real Greece’s  problems of systemic fiscal mismanagement. What …

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Greek sets himself on fire due to economic reasons

A man set himself on fire in an attempt to put an end to his life due to economic problems. The 49-years-old man entered a church, splashed gasoline all over his body and set himself on fire. the priest and some church visitors rushed to help him and manage to …

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