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Greece coronavirus: Health ministry suspends all leaves for public health sector staff

Greece’s Health Ministry has suspended all leaves for health public sector personnel from September 1, a day after an all time record number of coronavirus infections was registered on Tuesday. By decision of Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis on Wednesday, all leaves for the staff of public hospitals and other …

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Hospitals under strong pressure, 82% of ICU beds occupied, says Greece’s Health Minister

Greece’s public health services and hospitals are still under strong pressure from the novel coronavirus, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Monday. Speaking to Skai TV, Kikilias said that the country has been in lockdown for a month and that, “out of a total of 1,305 ICU beds that we …

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ANEL wants 180 votes for Macedonia Agreement; threats against MPs

Leader of ANEL and Tsipras’ junior coalition partner, Panos Kammenos, said on Wednesday, that he will ask the Prime Minister the Macedonia Agreement will pass through the Greek parliament with an enhanced majority of 180 votes. Kammenos statement comes the day the FYROM Parliament ratified the agreement. “We will do …

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Lenders press Greece to sell 40% of PPC lignite units and energy producing plants

Greek Interior Minister – an Energy minister in first SYRIZA government – Panos Skourletis accused on Monday international lenders of reneging on a 2015 bailout deal by trying to force a fire-sale of its main electricity utility Public Power Corporation (PPC/DEH) to serve “domestic and foreign business interests.” Later, a …

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EU Commission is looking for staff level agreement on review by April 7

The aim is to reach a staff level agreement by the Eurogroup on April 7, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Monday, as Greece and lenders continue negotiations in order to conclude the second review of the current Greek program. The spokesman said that the negotiations between Greece and …

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Schaeuble: Greece must leave the Euro to win a Debt Cut

 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned Greece Wednesday night “to fulfill its reform commitments, otherwise it would have to leave the Eurozone.” Speaking at a talk show at the German state ARD TV, Schaueble said also that pressure on Greece must be maintained.” “They are not over the mountain, therefore …

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Greece’s Asylum Appeals Committees denounce changes to facilitate mass deportations to Turkey

Following pressure by he European Union, the Greek Government changed the composition of the Asylum Appeals Committees last week. The EU has been claiming  that the existing committees were not sending refugees back to Turkey, because they did not consider Turkey a safe third country for each applicant as the …

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Blackmail works: EU’s humanitarian aid & Frontex will come to Greece to create a buffer zone for Refugees

This nasty EU blackmail of alleged “Schengen suspension” bear fruits. Greece bowed to the pressure and  A) has activated the EU’s  Civil Protection Mechanism praised by Brussels as “humanitarian aid for refugees” and B) agreed that Frontex will be deployed at its northern borders to FYROM. Both actions were announced today …

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Eurogroup ends without deal, Merkel threatens “deal vs markets” & the IMF says “no default if payment missed 30.6”

After lots of anger and disagreement the Eurogroup ended on Thursday afternoon without a deal. Exiting the meeting, Greek Finance Mnister Yanis Varoufakis said that the Eurogroup decided to continue talks today and tomorrow and thus on the two documents submitted both by the creditors and Greece. “Discussion will continue …

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What did the IMF do wrong with Greece? Almost everything

There is no doubt that the international Monetary Fund imposed a not only a strict austerity program in Greece – as in many other countries. Moreover, the Fund has created a downright mess in the Euro-member country as it apparently could not deal with a currency that cannot be devalued. …

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FinMin Schaeuble said Greece may have to invent a “parallel currency”

A parallel currency in a parallel universe full of little parallel eurozones? German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has reportedly said that Greece may have to invent a “parallel currency” alongside with the euro, if negotiations with the country’s creditors stall. Business Insider reports that Bloomberg reports that hardliner Schaeuble reportedly …

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PM Samaras’ last minute pressure: Vote for Dimas to avoid fatal political adventure for Greece’s European course

Just a few hours before the first round of Presidential voting, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras issued a statement urging MPs to vote in favor of Stavor Dimas tonight, “in order to avoid adventures for the European course of the country,” as he said it characteristically. At the same time, …

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