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42% counted: Athens municipality election results vs exit polls

The ballots counting shows a clear difference from what the exit polls displayed short after 7 p.m. Sunday.  With 42,37% of the polling stations counted (460/1112) Giorgos Kaminis (PASOK) 21.16% Gavriil Sakellaridis (SYRIZA) 19,95% Aris Spiliotopoulos (Nea Dimokratia)17,09% Ilias Kasidiaris (Golden Dawn) 16,14% Nikolaos Sofianos (KKE) 7,32 Nikitas Kaklamanis (Nea …

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Athens: undecided voter let his dog decide

An undecided voter in Athens let his dog choose who to cast a vote for. The man arrived at a polling station with his dog carrying all ballot lists in his collar. The undecided voter wanted to meet his final decision by let him his dog decide: the voter would  …

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Court rules “mobility scheme” unconstitutional; FinMin has to hire anew 397 fired cleaners

First Instance Court in Athens ruled that the Finance Ministry has to hire anew the 397 cleaners it had laid-off several months ago. According to the court, the finance ministry decision to sent home 397 cleaners in the context of ‘mobility scheme’ was illegal and unconstitutional as it occurred without …

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Mid-season Sales in Greece, May 2-10/2014;

Mid-season sales began in Greece today, Friday, May 2nd and will last until May 10th 2014.  Sunday, May 4th, retail shops will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. It is the second time that mid-season sales take place additionally to summer and winter sales. The measure meets the …

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Protesters hang bras and briefs outside the Greek Parliament

Open-air market vendors hung bras and briefs outside the Greek Parliament on Monday morning to protest a series of so-called “reforms” that will “economically destroy 50,000 families” as they claim. symbolic protest based on the Greek phrase “mas piran ta sovraka” (“they deprived us of our briefs” )meaning “they stole …

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Tragedy in amusement park: boy dead, girl seriously injured, when gust sweeps away ball

The Sunday play turned into a tragedy for a 13-year-old boy who lost his life, while his 9-year-old sister was seriously injured.  According to Greek media, the brother and his sister had visited the playground in Ellinikos suburb of Athens together with their parents. The children were playing inside an …

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“Revolutionary Struggle” claims responsibility for car bomb on April 10/2014

Guerrilla group Rveolutionary Struggle claimed responsibility for the car bomb that exploded outside the Bank of Greece in the dawn of April 10th in downtown Athens on Amerikis street,  a day before German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Greek capital. In a 18,322 words long text, the group said that …

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Greeks launched 20,120 protests in four years of IMF loan agreements

Loans agreements, harsh austerity measures, income and pension cuts and elimination of labor rights sent Greeks 20,120 times to the streets since 2010, when the country sought the “rescue” through the International Monetary Fund. According to the data given to the Greek Palriament by Minister of Citizen Protection and Public …

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Patient infected with MERS-coronavirus hospitalized in Athens

A 69-year-old Greek is being hospitalized in intensive care unit of an Athens hospital after he got infected with the fatal corona-virus MERS while in Saudi Arabia. Together with his wife the man arrived last week in Athens with a flight from Jeddah. The couple used a taxi to go …

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Life sentence for the two murderers of Pakistani migrant Lokman,27

An Athens court sentenced to life imprisonment and additional 32 months imprisonment Dionysis Liakopoulos and Christos for the cold-blooded murder of Sachzat Lokman, 27,  of Pakistani origin. The murder took place a year ago in Petralona suburb of Athens. The two men are also being defendants for the case of …

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Athens: Police fired teargas amid Easter shoppers

Riot police fired teargas to disperse protesters in downtown Athens on Sunday the day streets were full of people as the shops were open for Pal Sunday. Some dozens retail workers had gathered in  Athens’ main shopping street Ermou. The protesters were chanting slogans and holding banners against the shops …

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What Merkel didn’t see in Athens…

German Chancellor had certainly a very heavy schedule today in Athens. She rushed from entrepreneurs’ forum to businessmen’ meeting, from tet-a-tet meeting with Greek Prime Minister to a joint press conference in front of Greek and international media. Her visit to Acropolis was kind of spoiled due to the rain …

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Young businessmen discuss with Merkel the obstacles in Greek entrepreneurship

Young Greek entrepreneurs put it as clear as they could: transparency in funding, tax incentives, less bureaucracy and reduced taxation. During the one-hour discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel representatives from successful Greek startups and small & media businesses used their once in a lifetime chance to report about the …

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Merkel in Athens: “I came to take a look into the future”

“I came here to take a look into the future and talk with new people with new ideas,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, right upon her arrival in Athens. I have to apologize right away, though. It was not …

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Merkel visit to Athens: closed roads, protests ban and draconian security measures, Apr 11/2014

Athens is preparing to welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel with draconian security measures on Friday, April 11th 2014, a day after a powerful car bomb exploded in the middle of the city’s downtown. Some 5,000 police officers are to safeguard the areas where the German delegation will be moving around. …

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Athens: powerful car bomb explodes in the middle of downtown

A booby-trapped bomb exploded outside a Bank of Greece building at 05:55 Thursday morning after two anonymous phone calls warning the car contained “75 kg of explosives”.  None was hurt from the blast, but the powerful detonation caused damage to building and shops. Two main roads in downtown Athens have …

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Greek FinMin announces launching of five-year bond

After four years in economic isolation, Greek Finance Ministry announced the launching of the five-year bond short after 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Greek media report of a statement issued by the finance ministry and reading: ” The Greek Republic announces today that it mandated international banks for the imminent 5-year …

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