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Gov’t prepares legislation to grant voting right to Greeks living abroad

The Greek government is determined to proceed with the legislation that will grant voting right to Greeks living abroad. The government hopes to make it possible for Greeks abroad to vote at the next parliamentary elections expected to take place in October 2019 – if nothing unexpected like snap elections …

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Greeks permanently exempted from visa before traveling to U.S.

Greek nationals are permanently exempted from the obligation to obtain travel documents (a visa) before travelling to the United States, according to a letter sent by US authorities to Citizen Protection Minister Olga Gerovassili made public on Monday. According to the ministry, the letter noted that Greek citizens were included …

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Greek-Australian Communities against right to vote in Greece

“Greek migrants living outside of Greece for decades have no position, but it is also dangerous to decide on the plight of the Greek people, given that they are not aware of the Greek reality and their lives are not affected by what is happening in Greece.” This is the …

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Gov’t takes first steps for Greek expats to vote in elections

Interior Minister Panos Skourletis submitted an amendment to the Greek Palriament on Friday calling for the establishment of a 12-member committee to explore the voting options for Greeks living abroad.  The committee will have to record and evaluate the situation regarding Greek voters living abroad as well as parameters (institutional, …

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Greeks need to work more than half a year just to pay dues to the state

Greeks need to work 198 days in the current year in order to be able to pay their taxes to the state and their social security contributions. According to a report by the Markos Dragoumis from the think tank Center for Liberal Studies (KEFIM), Greeks have to work for more …

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Gov’t opens window for Postal Vote for “brain drain” Greeks

The Greek government has opened a small window for the possibility that Greeks living abroad to participate in elections through postal voting. Government spokesman, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, said on Tuesday “the government has made clear from the very beginning that it is positive to the possibility of postal voting to the …

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Greek police arrests 13 Greeks, one Albanian on “terror funding” charges

In a large scale operation, the counter-terror department of the Greek police has arrested 14 people on charges of funding a terror organization and money laundering. The operation was launched in the early morning hours of Tuesday in Attica and in regions outside the Greek capital, although exact locations have …

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Majority of Greeks consider Govt’ policies towards Turkey is wrong

The policies of the Greek government toward Turkey have failed to find broad support among Greek citizens with an overwhelming majority of the public believing that it should continue dialogue with Ankara, a survey has revealed. According to a recent poll conducted by the Greek-based research institution Public Issue, more …

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Californian woman unites with Greek relatives she didn’t know she had

Growing up in a predominantly Greek family, Carol Pappapetru-Hallas, from California, assumed she knew all there was to know about her family’s heritage. Her mother was of English, Irish and Scottish decent, while her father, Nick Pappapetru, was a second generation Greek American. However, after taking the AncestryDNA test, she …

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Greeks, foreigners arrested for cultivating cannabis worth 4 million euros

Greek police cracked down a criminal gang cultivating cannabis and turned into expensive crystalline hemp in Athens. It is one of the biggest drugs trafficking gangs operating in Greece, its members are form Greece, Vietnam, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The financial benefits for the gang members estimated to …

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Greek Orthodox Bishop of Chicago supports March For Our Lives

Newly enthroned Metropolit Nathanael Symeonides in the Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago said he feels a responsibility to protect the youth participating in the March For Our Lives gun control rallies in US. He feels a responsibility to not only pray for the youth, but to protect them. “They want …

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