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Athens: Riot police against people on wheelchairs

International Day for people with disabilities and Greeks on wheelchairs moved to the Finance Ministry in downtown Athens in order to protest austerity measures and benefits cuts and increase in prescription medicine participation, the collapse of the welfare state. But… Hey! Riot police decided that people with disabilities could eventually …

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ILO warns of prolonged social crisis in Greece

International Labor Organization (ILO) warned on Monday, that Greece faces a prolonged social crisis unless action is taken.  In its report “Productive Jobs in Greece” released today, the ILO calls for additional measures to support jobs plus social protection and a stop to further wage cuts in the country. The …

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Greece’s €300-Generation: 1:3 workers earn a piece of bread

One in three workers in Greece’s private sector earn a monthly salary of €300 net -up to  €440 gross. This shocking revelations comes from a survey conducted by the Labor Institute (INE) of private sector union GSEE. The survey reveals that wages in greece have shrunk significantly through the so-called …

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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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Greek Gov’t to hire 14K civil servants after laying-off 14K

Greek government plans to hire some 14,000 civil servants and thus despite the fact that more than 4,000 were laid off last year and more than 15,000 are to be laid-off this year by the orders of the Troika. Crazy? It depends… According to the governmental recruitment plan obtained by …

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23 Apr 2010 – 23 Apr 2014: Four years of austerity & loan agreements

I have almost forgotten this anniversary we call “four years loan agreements”. I almost forgot it because hardly any mainstream media and websites and blogs mentioned it. The day started with the festive celebrations of the primary surplus confirmed more or less by the Eurostat. And so were the loan …

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Study: 500 male Greeks committed suicide “solely due to fiscal austerity”

Spending cuts in Greece have caused some 500 male suicides since their implementation, according to a new study. The research found a positive correlation between austerity and suicide rates after other possible links proved to be unrelated. The 30-page study, titled ‘The Impact of Fiscal Austerity on Suicide: On the …

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MdM Greece: 3 million people without access to health care

More than 1,3 million people living in Greece are without a job. this number refers only to employees. Self-employed are not recorded in the official unemployment numbers. People without work have no health insurance. But they have diseases and conditions that need treatment. “Three million people living in Greece have …

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Gripes about Greek civil services rose 26% in 2013

One should not wonder why citizens’ complains about Greece’s public administration have increased. Greeks were always dissatisfied with the public services where civil servants would come to and leave work whenever they wanted. But in recent years things got worse for another reason: shortage of staff. Troika has practically forbidden …

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Economist: Troika is the 3-headed monster trapping countries in economic underworld

It looks as if slowly thε international community starts to realize that the grip of Troika’s imposed austerity leads to nowhere. Or better say: strict and merciless austerity leads right to the sharp teeth of a monster eating our flesh, to paraphrase the article “The euro’s hellhound -It is time …

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Greece celebrates EU Presidency with strict austerity

“Free coffee for journalists in the press room finished at 12 o’ clock,” a newswoman knew to report on a private television channel. Debt-ridden Greece could not but apply strict austerity measures during the opening  ceremony of the 5th Greek EU Presidency. The much-appreciated silk scarfs and ties were crossed …

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Survey: 51% of Europeans believe austerity politics have failed

51% of Europeans believe austerity politics have failed. Greece, Portugal and Cyprus have expressed the greatest degree of dissatisfaction with austerity policies According to a study by the Gallup Institute for the “Debating Europe” platform, 51% of Europeans believe that the austerity policies implemented to combat the crisis have failed, …

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