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Watching Greek news, Aug 9

The stuffed eggplant lays a bit heavily in my stomach and I firmly believe that it is time to make a confession hoping for some relief. I suffer from an incredible difficulty to resume posting on a daily basis. My mind is filled with images of villages and seas, my ears …

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Athens Mayor Clears “Indignant” Greeks’ Camp at Syntagma Sq

In a big scale operation Greek police cleared the camp of Indignant Greeks in the early morning hours of Saturday. While the Indignant Greeks were sleeping, Athens municipality employees in the presence of prosecutor and police forces started removing the camp tents and banners and load them on trucks. There …

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Sharing a moment…with Nabucco

I think I fell into a stupor with open eyes. Or rather,  I think I have fallen into a doze state like a cat in laying under a sun beam on a cold winter day.  The body relaxed, the spirit lazy. A rare moment of nihilism in a noisy city. I lowered the bar …

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Guest Post: The Tragicomedy of Europe and the Greek crisis

 Things are very serious in Brussels today and yet. Until we got there, the coming and going of the European leaders and the other decision makers of the Greek crisis drama were bearing features of a tragicomedy. The following article was written a couple of days ago by Polyvios Petropoulos, …

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Greece – Euro Zone Summit

With eyes turned to Euro Zone Summit and holding their breath Greeks monitor the overwhelming developments in Brussels, lurk for the slightest official or off the record comment that could hind or imply a positive or negative development for the Greek debt crisis. The aim is to reduce the massive Greek debt, to help …

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126 Citizens Filed Law Suit against Greek Police & Ministers for June Incidents

126 citizens together with 150 eye witnesses filed a law suit against the Greek Police and the Minister for Citizens’ Protection, Christos Papoutsis, for the use of violence during the mass protests at Syntagma Square on June 15th, 28th and 29th, 2011. The law suit complains about ‘unprovoked and murderous use violence, …

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Upd: Greece Taxi Drivers Decide to Strike Indefinitely!

Upd: Greece taxi drivers decided to strike indefinitely until the Minister of Transportation will have a meeting with them and discuss their demands. A very good choise, indeed, amid the high tourism season! Excellent for the  taxi drivers who think they have to take us, locals and tourists, as hostage to …

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Hillary Clinton: What is a Greek “Frappe”?

I wouldn’t post about it but every Greek media, incl. websites and the state TV NET, apparently thought that the question of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is worth reporting, so I just follow the trend 🙂 The query came when Ms Clinton entered the conference room at the …

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Athens: 48h Taxis Strike, July 18-19/11

Taxi drivers in Athens will have a 48-hour strike on Monday and Tuesday, July 18th and 19th, 2011. The strike will start at 5 a.m. on Monday morning. According to their federation, this is a warning strike. They oppose the opening of their porfessions in Athens. They also plan to blockade …

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Papandreou-Clinton: Talking About… Office Decoration! (video)

That was an aspect I admit I didn’t take into consideration when I was writing about Hillary Clinton’s visit in Athens and the agenda of the talks. Greece’s prime Minister George Papandreou and  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about …decoration! Precicely the talked about the office decoration of Greece’s PM. …

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When Stones Melt, Athens Strays Need Desperately Water!

I was swimming at Kavouri on Saturday afternoon when I was a big,  short haired, stray black dog nearing the beach. He stood for a minute, sniffed around and walked carefully in the shallow waters. He did a few careful steps on the sliding stones under the water. When he found a place …

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What in Hillary Clinton Doing in Greece?

Blocking traffic on the main streets? Swimming at Glyfada’s VIP resort? Keeping busy policemen and journalists over a hot weekend? Talking about economy? Crying together with the Greeks about the miserable debt situation of the two countries? She does all these and much more. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …

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Athens: 24-h Taxi Strike on July 6, 2011

Taxi drivers will launch a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, protesting the opening of their ‘closed profession’. Greece lenders’ have asked the opening of closed professions in order to boost competitiveness.  In the  last decades taxi licences were very attractive and expensive, costing between  150,000 and 200,000 euro. 14,000 …

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Sharp Drop in Athens Hotels Bookings After the Riots

A blow hit the Greek tourism at time when predictions were talking of double-digit increase of arrivals.  The blow came from the incidents and riots of last week and resulted into cancellations by Greece holidaymakers.  “The images of destruction, violence and lawlessness in the downtown Athens,  and especially the international …

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(UPD) Ex-Euro-zone Leaders Support EU New Deal Plan, EU Bonds – Declaration

FRANKFURT -(Dow Jones)- A group of former euro-zone government leaders support a plan for the euro-zone to issue its own bonds and implement a “New Deal” economic stimulus program similar to the one undertaken in the U.S. in response to the Great Depression, German news magazine Der Spiegel reports Sunday. …

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Guest Post: Greek Police Needs New Anti-Riot Strategy

The severe criticism against the Greek police EL. AS. and the behaviour of riot police does not ease up. Grave accusations against the Greek police are also raised by prosecutors and lawyers, who argue that ” the violent attacks by riot police, on the one hand put in danger the life demonstrators, while the other …

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Angry Greeks attack PASOK-Lawmakers over Austerity Vote (Videos)

Some governing party PASOK lawmakers had to experience on their own skin the citizens’ anger over the Mid-Term Austerity Programme. Just a couple of days after they voted YES, several lawmakers in Volos and Lamia, in Central Greece, became the targets of people’s outrage. Most ‘unlucky’ of all was MP Nikos Tsonis …

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“We Are All Greeks”: Spanish Solidarity Video

More than 80 comments are awaiting for moderation,  a full e-mail inbox, phone calls from friends, asking whether is ‘safe’ go to to downtown Athens. Yes, it’s safe, unless some kids play with tear gas and thus in the middle of the summer with rising temperature.  The pictures and footage documenting excessive …

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Political Party Files Lawsuit Against Greek Police on Tear-Gas & Violence

A lawsuit was filed on Friday morning against the Greek Police EL.AS by Alexis Tsipras, leader of the of the left-wing political party SYRIZA with 9 seats in the Greek Parliament. Tsipras submitted to the prosecutor of the Supreme Court photographs and 38 video footage and eye witnesses testimonies documenting the excessive …

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