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Parliament approves bill for diaspora Greeks’ vote with strict criteria

With an overwhelming majority the Parliament approved the bill that allows diaspora Greeks to exercise their voting right from the place of residence.  Eligibility criteria are strict with regards to years of absence and active taxation. Of a total of 296 deputies present, 288 voted in favor, seven voted against …

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IOBE report: Greek businesses & households have €57.5 billion in depositsabroad

Greeks love cash and have billions of euros in deposits abroad. According to a survey report by the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE), 19% of the mobile assets of Greek businesses and households are outside Greece. By the end of 2018, they amounted 57.5 billion euros. With 10.4%, …

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Greeks living abroad vote: ND sets criteria of taxation, years of absence

New Democracy has set two important criteria that will determine whether Greeks living abroad are eligible for voting. The Greek government is determined to have the relevant law  pass through the Parliament with a wide consent, preferably with more than the required 200 votes in the 300-seat Parliament. Interior Minister …

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Moscovici: The crisis had Greeks suffer, not the austerity

EU Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has described as “socially brutal” the austerity policy implemented in Greece during the bailout agreements. However, he blamed the economic crisis for the austerity and not the other way around. “It was not the austerity and politics of the troika that made the people suffered, …

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Greeks living abroad: Vote to affect 350,000 people with Greek tax ID

Greece’s Interior Minister, Takis Theodorikakos, made clear on Tuesday that only Greek citizens with a Greek tax number will be eligible to vote if they live abroad. The Minister put an end to speculations that the majority of Greeks living abroad, incl diaspora Greeks, would be able to vote and …

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Dozens of Greek expats end up as homeless in Australia

Dozens of Greeks left the country seeking a better future in Australia. The modern times “economic migrants” from Europe, however, ended up in the streets of Melbourne as homeless. “As incredible as it may sound in Melbourne, there are Greeks who live on the streets,” reports Australian TV network SBS …

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Greece lowers national poverty threshold to 4,718 euros per year

The percentage of Greeks at risk of poverty or social exclusion fell by three percentage points to 31.8% in 2018 from 34.8% in 2017, or 3,348,000 persons, Hellenic Statistical Authority said in a report on Friday. The statistics service said that the number of households at risk of poverty totaled …

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Mykonos: One Souvlaki, Two Prices: €3.5 for Greeks, €5 for Tourists

Spotlights are again on the island of Mykonos, after a Greek visitor denounced that that a local grill sells the famous Greek snack Souvlaki at two different prices: one for Greeks, the cheaper, and one for tourists, the more expensive one. The denouncement comes just a few weeks after a …

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“Majority of Greeks are not xenophobic,” says Migration Minister

The majority of the Greek people are not xenophobic and see the issue of migration as a result of need, not a problem, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Alpha 989 radio on Friday. In an interview on upcoming European Parliament elections, Vitsas responded to a comment that migration was …

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Greeks among Top 5 of most “stressed” people in the world – Global Survey

Greeks are among the Top 5 of the world’s most stressed people. 151,000 people from 140 countries participated in a global research conducted by the Gallup 2019: Global Emotions Report. According to survey results, Greeks are emerging as the most “anxious people” in the world, with 59% of respondents admitting …

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Hikers tragedy: Singapore couple, Greek instructor die in Xylokastro gorge

A couple from Singapore and a Greek 40-year-old instructor assistant found a tragic death in Agios Loukas gorge in Xylokastro on Saturday.  Another Greek, the chief instructor was found alive but injured by rescue teams on Sunday. The four hikers attempted to descent the gorge of Agios Loukas on Saturday …

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Ancient Greek migrants built the famous Stonehenge, DNA reveals

Britons who built the famous Stonehenge were product of ancient wave of migrant farmers, that is of Greeks from Asia Minor, DNA tests have revealed. Ancient skeletons have revealed that the arrival of population from the eastern Mediterranean Sea replaced the local hunter-gatherer population of British Isles. The ancestors of …

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EU citizens in UK will need to travel to neighboring countries for European elections

Greeks in the United Kingdom who wish to vote in the European elections will have to travel to neighboring European Union countries in order to vote, the Greek Embassy in London announced on Wednesday. The UK will not be holding a vote due to the country’s imminent departure from the …

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