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Greek Austerity Voting: Deputies Resign, 30+ MPs say “NO”

That was a tough day for the Greek coalition government of Lucas Papademos. Most of all it was tough for socialist party PASOK that saw three deputies and two ministers resign over the austerity measures. Fifteen to twenty MPs declared that they will not vote in favor of the Memorandum of Understanding …

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Greek Gov’ Partner Says, He will Not Vote in Favor of Austerity Package at Parliament

The Greek thriller continues inexorably with coalition government partner LAOS saying its deputies will not vote in favor of the austerity measures package on Sunday and the cabinet meeting scheduled for today to be postponed for a later time. Giorgos Karatzaferis from far-right LAOS told reporters at a press conference, …

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Greek Deputy Labour Minister Resigns Over Austerity Measures

 The Minister’s resignation landed in Athens like the explosion of a ‘bomb-shell’ shortly after the Greek Prime Minister announced that the political leaders had agreed on the full austerity package on Thursday afternoon. Deputy Labour Minister Yiannis Koutsoukos (PASOK) submitted his resignation saying, he will not be able to implement the austerity measures. …

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Papademos – Coalition Gov’ Leaders Meeting Started at 5 pm

After several delays and postponements Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is meeting George Papandreou (PASOK), Antonis Samaras (Nea Dimokratia) and Giorgos Katatzaferis (LAOS). Samaras arrived at PM’s office short before 5  p.m., Karatzaferis a few minutes later. I assume Papandreou had arrived first. Government partner Karatzaferis had asked time to read the austerity …

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Patras: Protesters Bang Empty Pots Against Austerity (video)

Residents of Patras marched through the streets of the city on Saturday morning holding and banging empty pots.  It was a march of young and middle ages people, and families who demonstrated with their children. Middle-class residents of the city of Western Peloponnese took to the streets in order to protest the …

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Austerity Kills Patients in Greek Hospitals

Austerity translated into “medical personnel shortage” started to formally kill patients in the Greek public hospitals where conditions resemble more and more those of a Third-World country and human lives are sacrificed on the altar of the economic crisis. The tragic incident occurred in the state hospital in Alexandroupolis. A neuro-surgeon was …

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IMF’s Greece Report: No New Taxes But New Austerity Package

A new chapter of a hell 0f austerity is ahead for Greeks as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommends new austerity measures. Even if IMF’s point of view is that  Greece has reached its limit in raising taxes,  the proposed spending cuts that it will translate into salaries and pensions decreases …

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Riot Police Against Disabled Greeks on Wheel Chairs Protesting Welfare Cuts by EU/IMF

There must be something rotten in the heads of some people governing this country. On Tuesday morning in Athens, riot police was deployed to avert (riots by?)  hundreds of disabled Greeks on wheel chairs to come close to Prime Minister’s Mansion, the Greek Parliament and the Finance Ministry. The disabled on wheel chairs had gathered …

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CNN Report: Greece’s New Homeless (video) – Shocked?

Greece middle classes are deteriorating under the strict austerity. After the social calls of Greece’s new poor, a new social class arises in the streets and squares of Athens: Greece’s new homeless. With an average age at 47 years, 11% of Greece homeless has a university degree, 23.5% a high …

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Greece’s Public Hospitals Refuse To Admit Poor Parturient Women

That’s the new Health System of Greece: State Hospitals turn away parturient women without job or insurance and small income if they can’t pay in advance the price of  €950 to €1500. According to daily Eleftherotypia, the managements of public hospitals in Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes and Rethymnon refused to admit women shortly …

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Crete: School Boy, 13, Faints After Two Days Without a Meal

A boy, aged 13, fainted during the class in a school of Heraklion, Crete, due to malnutrition. When the teachers called in the mother of the boy, she said that the whole family had not eaten for two days due to economic problems. “It’s natural for the child to faint without food”. …

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500K Greeks Have Zero-Income in First Half of 2011

The figures are merciless: 500,000 households in Greece have zero-income, as there is no household member with a work.  If you take into consideration that these data is based on employees only and do not include the self-employees, the reality must be much worst. The report prepared by the Bank …

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Greeks Withdrew €5.5 billion in September ’11

The nightmare of Greek banks continues non-stop and deposits withdrawals move in fast track under the tropical of emergency taxes and income decreases in times of economic and political instability. Greek households and enterprises withdrew a total of 5.5 billion euro in the month of September, according to data released by …

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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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Should Greeks Protest Austerity or Not?

There is nothing ‘up’ here today as Greece is trying to pick up yesterday’s pieces. Strikes. Clashes. Austerity. One man lost his life. Protester Dimitris Kotzaridis, 53, suffered a heart attack most likely due to distress during the clashes between ‘hooded men’ and members of the GreekCommunist Party union. The autopsy …

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UPD: Greeks to Pay “Solidarity Tax” by Force & in Advance!

The boldness of the Greek state seems to know no limits. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos announced that the solidarity tax, i.e. the additional tax to already taxed incomes, will be collected via the monthly salaries and pensions before the taxpayer gets even 1 euro in his pockets! According to FinMin, …

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Shocking Athens: School Children Faint Due to Hunger

That’s shocking!  Primary school children would faint due to hunger in downtown Athens in the year 2011! Primary school teachers union from the districts of Ampelokipi-Erythros-Polygonon close to the centre of athens  issued a horrifying statement about the economic situation of the pupils. There are cases of children fainting during the classes …

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