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Samaras’ Junior Partner Calls on Troika to Withdraw Labour Rights “Reforms”

Samaras’ junior coalition government partner Democratic Left executive committee decided on Thursday evening to reject the labour rights ‘reforms’ demanded by the Troika. In a statement after the meeting DemLeft said: “Excecutive committee of DemLeft unanimously insist on its decisions to reject the Troika-proposals for the labour rights. Addressing our …

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Greece-Troika: Dramatic Negotiations over Labour “Reforms” That Threaten Gov’ Cohesion

 Samaras’ government is in dramatic negotiations with the Troika over the so-called “Labour Reforms” after two of the three coalition government partners rejected the Troika demands for a total overthrow of Labour Rights. A disagreement that threatens the cohesion among the government partners. According to latest information from state broadcaster NET TV, …

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Merkel – Samaras: Mutual Expectations and Consessions

What does the Greek government expect from German Chancellor on visit today? What is Angela Merkel willing to give? Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s highest expectation is to have the negative climate against Greece changed. And thus before the crucial EU Summit on October 18th 2012. First of all, Samaras expects …

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Greek PM: Money Available ‘Till End of November, Democracy at Risk if Gov’t Collapses

 Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras hit dramatic tunes about the state finances and the social situation of the country. Speaking to German daily Handelsblatt, Samaras stressed the necessity of the 31-billion-euro bailout tranche saying that Greece has money until the end of November. “Then the cash box is empty,” Samaras said. “Antonis Samaras told …

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Greek Coalition Leaders Reached Basic Agreement on €11.5 Billion Package

After three hours of consultations, the three political leaders of Greece coalition government managed to reach a basic agreement on the 11-billion-euro cuts-package and the additional 3-billion-euro tax tsunami. Short after the meeting, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told the media, that the heads of the three coalition government parties had reached a “basic …

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Athens: Protesting Disabled “Push Themselves Through” to PM’s Office

They were determined. The people with disabilities who gathered on Thursday morning to protest allowances, pensions and wages cuts, the deterioration of the health care system and the collapse of social welfare. Parents pushing their children’s wheelchairs, elderly accompanying kids with Down’s syndrome, blinds with their walking stacks, deaf with banners… 1,500 …

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Greek Coalition Leaders Meet to Finalize New Austerity Package

Greek coalition government partners Antonis Samaras, Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis meet on Thursday morning to finalize the austerity package of 11.5+2 billion euro for the years 2013-2014. While the three leaders have agreed on main cuts there are some measures that meet the objection of Venizelos (PASOK) and Kouvelis (Democratic Left), …

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Greek PM Dismissed Claims of 150-EUR Poll Tax to Property Owners

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras dismissed claims about the imposition of a 150-EUR poll tax to property owners with income from leasing real estates. To a reporter’s question whether there would be a new tax on properties, Samaras stressed “There is no such government intention. Those circulating such scenarios should be …

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Greeks Have a Good Feeling: Lenders Positive on Program Extension…

Greeks got the feeling, that the climate is changing, it’s turning from negative-rejecting to positive- supportive. Some hints in this direction came from here and there yesterday, claim the Greek media.  The country’s international lenders hint Greece may get the desired two-years extension. That apparently the total message from the Eurogroup meeting in Nicosia on …

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Greece’s Government Partners Still Seek Consensus on 11.5 Billion Euro Package

Greece’s coalition government partners hold meeting after meeting while seeking consensus in a series of several expenditure cuts, as dictated by the Troika. Target is to present the country’s lenders with a thorough austerity package, worth 11. billion euro for the years 2013-2014. The meeting among PM Samaras, PASOK-leader Venizelos …

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Euro-Group Head JC Juncker Enjoyed Austerity Dinner in Athens

It came as expected: The dinner hosted by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to honour head of Euro group Jean-Claude Juncker. An austerity dinner in a country short before it goes bust. A real low-calories, spartan dinner with boiled vegetables and fish.  A light dinner  at the Acropolis Museum with view at …

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