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“Greece’s latest cuts extend austerity to decade mark,” Associated Press wrote this morning with reference to the new austerity package bringing measures worth 4.9 billion euros for 2018-2021. Just a decade? The country is been restructured and rescued, while parts of the society cannot afford a descent living. The upcoming … Read More »
What’s up in Greece’s politics? Ex PASOK PM Simitis calls for Early Elections
Odd things are happening in Greece’s politics. After 13 years of silence, the prime minister who took Greece to the eurozone, tha man who urged Greeks to put their savings in Athens Stock Exchange and saw it collapse without doing nothing, gave an interview. What did Costas Simitis say? “Early … Read More »
What’s going on in Greece? Oh, the usual stuff…
There is no news today. I mean, nothing new worth reporting that we have not wrote about in one way or another as we did in the last four years of economic crisis and austerity. Officially, Greece is doing fine. Unofficially, Greeks are confronted with the usual burdens: taxes that … Read More »
Keratea Landfill: Non-Stop Protest with 2m deep trench in the middle of the road
The struggle spirit of the Keratea citizens opposing government plans for a landfill has not limits. Last night ‘inknown revolters’ dug a two meter deep trench in the middle of the main Layrio road in order to prohibit construction units to reach the area. The trench was dug during the … Read More »
Turkish Red Crescent assists Greek Orthodox Community in Istanbul
Turkish Red Crescent extended on Tuesday 8 tons of food stuffs, as well as stationary and office supplies and toys at the nursery of the Greek Orthodox Ecumenic Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey. Tekin Kucukali, the head of the TRC, said pain had no language, religion or sect while handing over … Read More »
The day is much too lovely for unpleasant news…
My left eye is focused on Libya/NATO, my right eye is turned to nuclear crisis in Japan. At the same time, both eyes surf in internet for news from Greece. However, the day is much too nice for posting about upcoming new austerity measures, as Greece’s Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou … Read More »
Greece urges Turkey to halt plans on nuclear plant in Akkuyu Bay
Athens urged Ankara to halt its plans to build a nuclear plant at the Akkuyu area, in the southern province of Mersin at the eastern Mediterranean Sea. An area situated hazardously close to an active earthquake producing fault line. Concerned after the nuclear crisis in Japan, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called his … Read More »
IMF’s Ten Commandments to Greece: Enough is not Enough!
The International Monetary Fund approved yesterday the 4,1 billion euros loan tranche for Greece. However even thought the IMF asserts that Greece has made progress under the strict austerity program, it stresses that the country needs more “major reforms to be designed and implemented”. In a press release by the … Read More »
STRATFOR: Greece…. is truly alone!
Loss of geopolitical role in the Balkan region, significant political instability, social violence, economic bankruptcy and exit the euro zone are some of the pessimistic forecasts for Greece as stated in “The Geopolitics of Greece: A Sea at its Heart” STRATFOR-Global Intelligence report on Greece. In the 10-page analysis released on June 28, … Read More »
Second VAT increase! Not angry yet?
Second increase of VAT in 3 months! It’s 29°C outside….. The sun is shining… a light brise blowing from NorthNorthWest… That’s fairly pleasant for the season. So why do Greeks feel as if they live in a horrible heat wave? The answer is simple: Today, July 1st , hundreds of … Read More »
Greece monitors Turkish Vessel in Northern Agea Sea – seeks Explanation
Greece says it has asked Turkey to explain the presence of a Turkish naval research vessel in the northern Aegean Sea. A Foreign Ministry statement released Wednesday says the “Cesme” hydrographic and oceanographic vessel is outside Greek waters, between Thrace and the island of Samothraki. But it says the vessel … Read More »
National Bank of Greece denies Talks with Qatar
National Bank of Greece Says Not in Talk With Qatar June 30, 2010, 7:06 AM EDT By Christos Ziotis June 30 (Bloomberg) — National Bank of Greece SA, the country’s biggest lender, said it’s not in talks to sell a stake to the Qatar Investment Authority. The sovereign wealth fund … Read More »
Greece For Sale – from Guardian.com.uk
Greece puts its islands up for sale to save economy Desperate attempt to repay debts also driven by inability to find funds to develop infrastructure on islands Elena Moya guardian.co.uk, Thursday 24 June 2010 21.33 BST Greece is raising cash by selling off an area of state-owned land on Mykonos … Read More »
Averof: How an armored cruiser becomes a ship model!
How an armored cruiser becomes a ship model…. The idea for this post came from my pal Giannis! Watching the pictures of the creation process reminded me of my brother, who used to spend endless hours on ship modeling See the whole process of creating a ship model from a … Read More »
Historical Orphanage to return to Ecumenical Patriachate
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan highlighted the further boosting of Greek-Turkish relations in talks he held with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Istanbul on Wednesday, on the sidelines of a SouthEast European Cooperation Process (SEECP) summit. Erdogan mentioned the importance of the implementation of the agreements signed during … Read More »
Stranded in Greece? No worries! Greek tax payers will come up for room & board!
Flight canceled? Train stuck ? Cruiser off shore? ARE YOU A TOURIST STRANDED IN GREECE? NO WORRIES! Greek Tourism Minister will pay you extra room & board. But only if you are a foreign tourist! Greek tourists and tax payers seem to be excluded. Greece ‘to pay costs for stranded tourists’ – … Read More »
Snitching: The Only Weapon against Tax Evasion?
Angry Greeks “snitch” to combat tax evasion! An increasing number of “snitching” cases has been recorded at the Tax Control Offices (SDOE) since beginning of the year. According to Sunday newspaper Proto Thema, from January to May 2010, some 6.000 citizens have files complaints to SDOE. In comparison to 2009, the … Read More »
Tupperware: Eat, live …and pay double!
Every fridge’s & picnic’s darling Tupperware catalogue arrived together with my Sunday newspapers. Their slogan reads: “We eat healthy, we live well” After a short research and product compare on internet I must add: “and pay double!” Model Modular Mates 5 pieces- set same combination of oval boxes: Prices: € 94,00 in … Read More »
Sudden Winter Outbreak in Greek Labor Market!
I have been complaining the whole day about the heat-wave in Athens. A heat that went even higher as Greece bet Nigeria in Mundial 2010. But now, as we head towards evening, temperature drops. Not much, but enough to let me sit on a comfort chair and enjoy my plants and flowers on … Read More »
Diaspora-Greeks: Ashamed of being Greek! ?
contributed by Blog-Fan: Thomas/USA I am a Greek-American of the “diaspora” who can legitimately claim that I know both cultures fairly well. In our US community, Greek-Americans are held at the highest regard. The level of respect and even admiration we enjoy in our community is more than obvious. Before … Read More »