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Troika, Greece meeting in Paris had also a Snap-Polls Dragon

Like in all good old fairy tales, the meeting of Troika and Greece’s representatives in Paris had a dragon. A dragon spitting fire and generously distributing slaps in the face of the team sent by Samaras-Venizelos coalition government to negotiate with the country’s lenders the bailout exit. Aim of the …

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Greek PM hails the end of summer with optimism over economic recovery

The month started with an ascertainment: That the “unemployment is a treacherous and tough opponent of the society, undermining the dreams of the youth” – so said Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday September 1st, stressing that in order to tackle unemployment “we need to take action now that we enter …

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Greek Cabinet “paralyzed” awaiting Government reshuffle

The ministers have closed their files and opened their laptops. They surf on internet, call journalists closed to Prime Minister Samaras and deputy Prime Minister Venizelos, they read and analyze reshuffle scenarios trying to guess whether they will remain seated on their chairs, climb on new ones or they will …

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Air pollution via fire places? Frankly, my dear, Greeks don’t give a damn

Greeks got a new top issue to spend the winter with: heating oil tax and heavy air pollution. The conflict between government and citizens will remain unsolved until temperatures start to rise again by end of March. While the citizens demand the reduction of heating oil tax, the government insists …

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Samaras’ government wins censure motion, loses one seat in Parliament

Greece’s coalition government conservative Nea Dimocratia and socialist PASOK survived the censure motion submitted by left wing SYRIZA, but lost one seat, after a government lawmaker voted in favor of the vote of no confidence. Samaras’ government is left with a very thin majority of 154 seats in a parliament …

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SYRIZA files censure motion against Greek gov’t after ERT police raid

Main opposition party, left-wing SYRIZA filed a censure motion of no confidence against the coalition government of Samaras’ Nea Dimocratia and Venizelos’ PASOK just hours after riot police stormed the headquarters of shutdown ERT and removed the fired personnel. The motion deals with two main issues: deadlock in economy and …

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Deputy FinMin Staikouras admits: “Greek debt is not sustainable”

SSSS-U-rrr-P-R-I-S-E! Greek deputy finance minister Christos Staikouras admitted that “the Greek debt is not sustainable and its relief will require negotiation.” In an interview to weekly Parapolitika, Staikouras said: “The public debt has been gaining strong increasing dynamics, whether in absolute levels or in relation to GDP, the debt is …

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Athens: Mayor Kaminis attacked by angry protesters

Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis came under physical attack late Sunday afternoon, while he was leaving a meeting of the Confederation of Greek Municipalities (KEDE).  The mayor was beaten with fists and he was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.  At the time of assault, several municipality unionists had …

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Greece’s crisis in times of …political crisis

What happened last night in Greece? I could summarize it in just a few words: we have very extrovert politicians in the government who prefer to carry out their disagreements in public than sit in an office and work out their differences in public. Otherwise I have no reasonable explanation …

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Greek gov’t: ERT? What ERT? It’s the gov’t reshuffle, stupid

Last night they agreed. Prime Minister Samaras and his coalition government partners Venizelos (PASOK) and Kouvelis (Democratic Left) agreed about shutdown public broadcaster ERT. They just didn’t dare to speak openly about it.  Venizelos and Kouvelis  kept the ‘agreement’ in secret in order to continue negotiations with Samaras in order …

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Greek government hired ERT advisers & secretaries for €2,000-4,000 per month – in Sept 2012

Samaras’ decision to shut down Greece public broadcast ERT created a lot of enemies. That was expected. And this not only because 2,656 people lost their jobs overnight or because the action has authoritarian features. Moreover it was the attack prime minister Antonis Samaras and government spokesman & minister in …

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Nea Dimocratia would love to make strikes difficult, if it weren’t the gov’t partners

I’m afraid democracy in Greece tends to adopt more and more authoritarian features. Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutsis plans to radically change the strike law and make it more difficult for unions to declare strikes. According to information leaked in the Greek press on Sunday, the absolute majority of the workers (that is: …

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Greek government considers creating a big “bad bank”

 Greek daily Imerisia reports that the Greek government is considering submitting legislation to create a bad bank to take non-performing loans off the books of Greek banks. The move would not only aid banks but give more time to those struggling to repay loans, according to the article. The paper …

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