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OXI DAY 28. Oct 1940: The Italian ultimatum and Greece’s resistance to Axis forces

With military parades, patriotic songs and pride Greeks celebrate the day that went to history as the OXI Day. It is the day Greece said NO to Italian invasion of Greece on 28. October 1940, that marked the beginning of the Greek-Italian war and ended in occupation by the axis …

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12 Oct 1944: Why Greeks don’t celebrate the end of Nazi occupation and WWII?

With a modest ceremony as every year, Greece celebrated the end of Nazi occupation on 12. October 1944. There was a brief  ceremony on the Acropolis and a wreath lay at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament in Syntagma, downtown Athens. The Liberation of Athens …

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Greek unions celebrate International Labor Day, as government signs agreement with lenders

Thousands of unionists flocked to downtown Athens on Monday morning to celebrate the International Labor Day as the government and creditors agree on additional austerity measures. No more austerity is the central slogan of public and private sector unions ADEDY and GSEE. the established unions managed to get together just …

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Revival of the Silk Road can boost Greece’s tourism industry

The Silk Road. Two words that always had a magic attraction on me. I am not sure when I first heard about it. Possible in the last years of the elementary school. Most likely I had also seen some pictures or rather paintings in encyclopedias and historical comic books we …

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National Bank for Greece sells Finansbank stake to Qatar’s QNB

Finally a bank deal to get rid of non-profit bringing subsidiaries. Qatar’s National Bank acquired the Finansbank stake of National Bank of Greece for €2.7 billion. The stake of National Bank in Turkey’s Finansbank was 99.81 percent. However, Greek media report that the acquisition price is much higher as the …

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Guest Post: Proud to Be Greek! YEAH!

What referendum? What early elections? What 50% haircut or 100% bankruptcy? Greeks were not born two years ago. They have a long history, they fought several wars and suffered many hardships. Should they be sacrifized to save the EURO? Hm…. Enough is enough. And you know something?  We are Proud …

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Chios: The Island of Beguiling Scents (pcts)

Neat houses, anarchist nature and a strong religious sentiment. That’s the island of Chios, just a few miles away from the Turkish coast. Right opposite from the town of Cesme. Thousands of scents, with more dominant that of the resin tears of Chios. Beguiling mastic, lentisk and thyme remind me, my …

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