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Greeks trapped, worry about wages & pensions as Cypriot banks remain closed

Thousands of Greek employees and pensioners with accounts in Cypriot banks in Greece worry about their money. “Will the Cypriots banks explode in my hands?” a  retired neighbor asked me last night. Several months ago,  he opened a bank account at the branch of a Cypriot bank in Athens, because …

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Merkel sends Otto Rehhagel to Athens to encourage Greeks

Former coach of Greek National Football team, German Otto Rehhagel, is due to Athens in a good will mission. To help improve the crisis- and austerity-hit German-Greek relations, to boost tourism and to encourage Greeks. According to tabloid BILD newspaper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has assigned Rehhagel with the mission …

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Eurostat: With 67 years Greeks rank 3. in life expectancy among EU27

Reading the latest Eurostat report on life expectancy, I couldn’t help but thinking “no wonder the Troika wants to hack into a minimum the pensions and cut health care to the absolute necessary.” Together with Irish and Luxembourgians, Greeks rank third among the folks of EU 27 member states when it …

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Greek PM: “All together we can” – or not…

“With teamwork, all together will win!.I believe in the will power and the decency of Greeks in these difficult hours. The government will fight day and night to lift up our country and enter a path of development while ensuring the social cohesion that has been injured as expected. Top priority …

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Greek health care: EU-citizens and third-country nationals to pay double prices for hospital treatment

The decree issued last October by Greek health ministry separates patients into two categories: Greeks and foreigners. This health care scheme separating patients in two classes will charge foreigners receiving treatment in public hospitals with double prices and thus for the same service received by the Greeks. According to the controversial decree, the daily fees …

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HOT DOC Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis Acquitted by Athens Court

 Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis has been acquitted by an Athens court on Thursday night in a trial that lasted almost ten hours. The prosecutor had raised charges against Vaxevanis for breaching privacy after he published the names of 2,000 suspected tax evaders in his magazine HOT DOC. Vaxevanis was arrested last Sunday. …

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SYRIZA MP: “Greeks Face an Unprecedented Humanitarian Catastrophe”

“Greeks face an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe as health, education and public administration collapse, salaries and pensions shrink, while the unemployment is on the rise with one out of two young people without job,” Rena Dourou, MP from left-wing SYRIZA, told Austrian newspaper “Wiener Zeitung“. “The policies of IMF bring nothing except deeper recession and …

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One in Three Greeks Work Without Social Security

One in three Greeks work without social security. According to data collected from the country’s biggest insurance fund IKA for the time between January-July 2012, controls conducted by labour inspectors showed that 12,629 employees were working without social security. That is, people work without enjoying any health care or having any perspective to get …

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7 Out Of 10 Greeks Abandoned the Dream Of Summer Vacations

What is a Greek family worth, if mom, dad and kids cannot swim in the sea? Already in the 1980’s Andreas Papandreou* launched the slogan of Greek summer identity: “Swimming for the Common People!” (Τα μπάνια του λαού). A socialist concept for summer where every Greek, especially low-income families, had the right to affordable summer …

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