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Poverty and long-term unemployment are two Greek facts…

Poverty in austerity-hit Greece is a fact. According to the recently published EU data on Labor, incomes have dramatically decreased since 2010, since the country sought the ‘rescue’ via the International Monetary Fund. “Most affected by the income decrease are the vulnerable society groups. Real income in low income groups …

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Greeks hit bottom; elections the only solution

Hundreds of property owners stood long lines outside banks on Tuesday morning in order to pay the new unified property tax ENFIA. The deadline for the first installment expires today. The majority of Greeks eager to meet their tax obligations are seniors who received their pension a day earlier. At …

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Shocking! 6.3million Greeks live in poverty or are at risk of poverty

It was high time that the real data of the economic situation of the Greek society come to the surface! 2.5 million Greeks live below the line of relative poverty and another 3.8million people are at risk of poverty! A total of 6.3million people, which means more than half of …

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Man ousted from operation table because he was uninsured

Everything was ready for the heart operation to begin: the patient’s chest was shaved, doctors and nurses were on alert. Then suddenly an clerk from the hospital accounts office walked in and ordered the doctors to stop the procedure because the patient was uninsured and had not provide a welfare …

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Greek households survey: economic suffocation under the shining “success story”

Four in ten Greek households have at least one unemployed member, one in three fears to lose its home, one in ten had to sell assets in order to pay obligations, one in three cannot pay utility bills and mortgage installments. The list of so-called “Greece’s  success story” is long …

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Rhodes Blessing the waters: the cry of the voiceless

Everything was set for the traditional blessing the waters ceremony. Local officials had lined at the waterfront of Rhodes port and so had done the young divers in swimming suits – eager to jump into the cold sea and catch the cross. However, the moment the priest threw the cross …

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Volos: desparate parents urge Greek PM to foster their children

In a symbolic action, at least fourty parents from Volos, urged the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the Parliament Speaker to adopt or foster their children. The members of the local association of families with three children in Almyros symbolically signed adoption papers agreeing that their children …

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Pireaus: Family of 5 lives without electricity for two years; oil lamps make darkness milder:(video)

Kouzilos family lives in the dark since one and a half years. The debt to Greek Public Power Company (DEH) amounts €1,900. Father Giorgos tried to make an arrangement with PCC ten days ago, but no solution was found with the local branch. His offer of 500 euro was not …

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Oxfam: “Greece is in a terrible state; Austerity will bring 25m more Europeans at risk of poverty by 2025”

Oxfam, the international charity organization founded in 1942 because of the famine in Greece,  finds it hard to believe that 70 years later, this same country “is in a terrible state.” Sharply criticizing the IMF- austerity programs, Oxfam said: “These policies were a failure: a medicine that sought to cure the …

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One in four chronic-ill Greeks cut on food & electricity to buy medication

Economic hardship – chronic sickness: one of the real plaques that hit thousands of Greek households suffering from income cuts, tax hikes, cuts in health care and welfare and increase in health care participation. According to a nationwide survey, one in four Greeks suffering from chronic illness have to cut …

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Poverty: Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece the poorest among EU27…

Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece top the list of the poorest countries among the 27-members of the European Union. According to a comparative survey conducted by the German Economic Institute (Wirtschaftsinstitut) in Cologne: Least poor citizens are in Scandinavian countries  Denmark, Sweden and Finland, but also in Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Austria. …

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Patras: tenants burn home and cupboard doors for heating

Poverty has no borders and scruple. A home owner in Patras, western Greece, was complete astonished to find out, his former tenants had used some of the doors of the house but also the doors of kitchen cupboards to feed their stove. Apparently because the tenants family had no money to …

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EC Report – Greece: Unemployment, Income Losses, Poverty

Greece is going from bad to worse. That’s no news, but when it comes summarized through the official data from the European Union it is really impressive.  In its querterly report on employment and the social situation in the opean Union, the European Commission states that 370,000 jobs were lost in the first three quarters …

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ELSTAT: 20.1% of Greeks Are Threatened by Poverty

The poverty data in Greece in shocking. One in five Greeks is threatened by poverty, according to statistics from 2010. If one should add the statistics of 2011, that has not been gathered yet, the picture of the Greek reality in times of  IMF, bailout, strict austerity and recession, will be much more …

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