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Deputy Education Minister to resign over vulgar verbal attack against KKE MP

Tension went high in Greek Parliament, when Liana Kanelli, Greek Communist Party MP, criticized deputy Education Ministrer Giorgos Stylios for the free breakfast program in schools. The deputy Minister acts like “Marie Antoinette, when he says, he offers one piece of fruit per day to children, but has spent 3 …

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Greece -Turkey: tension is high as Ankara tries to conduct research in Cyprus EEZ

A new tension is high between the arch rivals and close neighbors on the west and east of the Aegean Sea, as Turkey is staging one provocation after the other, playing the game the country knows very well: claiming rights in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Reason for …

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SYRIZA: “Snap polls here and now!” Tsipras asks President Papoulias to convey CoPL

Greece’s main opposition party SYRIZA wants elections “here and now!” In a meeting with the President of the Republic, left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras asked Karolos Papoulias to convey the political leaders so that they would agree to dissolve the Parliament and set the date for snap elections. Greek media report …

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Confusion whether Greek banks passed Stress Tests; Athens Stock Exchange -3.29%

Hardly had the European Central Bank released Sunday the official results of the stress tests, Greek mainstream media started to hail “Greek banks passed the tests” and “No need for recapitalization”. It took just a couple of minutes for a war of words to break out on the internet with …

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Greece 3rd in survey “12 countries that hate their government most”

In many countries governments are quite unpopular and thus for several reasons. According to a global public opinion survey, Greece has apparently the third most hated government in the world. Only 14% of the Greeks appear to approve Samaras-Venizelos coalition government. Top on the list with the lowest government approval …

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Greek seniors ask Amal Alamuddin-Clooney to help with the Return of the Stolen Pensions

After a glamorously successful visit in Athens, Amal Alamuddin-Clooney is to board on a plane and leave behind the birthplace of civilization and the flashlights showers. Mrs Clooney’s 3-day visit was crowned with numerous lunches and dinners and meetings with the highest representatives of the political and business world. WOW …

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Greek gov’t prepares €15-billion “Emergency Fund” to exit bailout program

Greek government prepares a 15-billion-euro “Emergency Fund” in order to make the exit from the bailout program possible. Citing government sources, the exclusive report of  Online edition of newspaper To Vima, claims that Greeks prepare the exit from bailout and the return to the markets. This action  will not be …

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Greek PM Samaras submits Confidence Vote request – Voting Oct 10/2014

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras officially submitted a request for a confidence vote on Monday, the day the Parliament Plenary resumed work after the summer break. On Wednesday,  a 3-day debate is to start  while the voting is scheduled for Friday, October 10th 2014, at midnight. The request was submitted to …

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Last Chance for Survival: Greek Gov’t to seek vote of confidence

In an unexpected move, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and deputy PM Evangelos Venizelos announced on Wednesday evening, that they will seek a vote of confidence at the Greek Parliament.The government decision splashes in the middle of a political atmosphere full of tension with main opposition party left-wing SYRIZA, a constant …

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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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Thessaloniki: Greek PM promises “tax breaks roadmap” but little sustance without Troika’s blessing

In a festive mood Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced a 30% discount in the Special Consumption Tax for heating oil. Inaugurating the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki, the Greek PM announced a package of measures to the dept-, recession- and austerity-ridden Greeks. Vague discounts in property tax and solidarity …

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Greek PM hails the end of summer with optimism over economic recovery

The month started with an ascertainment: That the “unemployment is a treacherous and tough opponent of the society, undermining the dreams of the youth” – so said Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday September 1st, stressing that in order to tackle unemployment “we need to take action now that we enter …

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August 2014: Greeks discover an ancient tomb and the property tax

This month, August of 2014 has been very important for Greece. The coalition government of Samaras-Venizelos – that is conservative Nea Dimokratia & socialist PASOK- has made two discoveries of great significance and priceless value  for millions of people, in and outside Greece. In August 2014, Greece made two discoveries: …

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Greece names Defense Minister for EU Commissioner – should we care?

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras named current Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos for EU Commissioner. According to media, Greece target the portfolio of either “migration” or “unemployment”. Avramopoulos who is also Nea Dimokratia vice president, will leave the ministry by end of October.  So far, so good. However the removal of Avramopoulos …

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Greek PM Samaras: “Two tourists for every Greek”

Many puzzle about what Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ meaningful and mysterious oracle. He said that there will be “two tourists for every Greek”. What did the Prime Minister had in mind? Some wondered whether every Greek will have to host two tourists at home. Others  corrected the sentence stressing that …

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PPC rolling strikes: Power cuts schedule announced; islands exempted, for far

Power cuts are expected it various areas of Greece and at various times as unionists of Public Power Company (DEH) launched their strike and switched off  13 electricity producing units. According to DEH and DEDHE (Power Distribution System) there will be power cuts of “maximum one hour” during  daytime in …

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“Greece is exiting the MoU” – any idea what does this mean?

I’ve been hearing the Greek government saying the whole time that “Greece is now exiting the Memorandum [of Understanding].  Any idea what does it mean? I am asking this because me, common Greek, understands under Memorandum strict austerity and over-taxation and unemployment and recession”. Any idea what the Greek government …

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Greek Jews and Anti-Defamation League criticize appointment of new Health Minister

Greek Jews and the Anti-Defamation League sharply criticized the appointment of the new Health Minister Makis Voridis due to his far-right past. Makis Voridis, a 49-year-old lawyer,  has denied allegations of crypto-fascism and antisemitism and had described himself as a national liberal with a right-wing  activist background as student. However, no …

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How the IMF’s 5th progress report shocked the new Greek government

Hardly was the new Greek cabinet was sworn-in and the report of the International Monetary Fund reached our pc screens. I can’t tell you whether the smiles on the faces of the new 42 ministers and deputy ministers froze because as I was writing these lines, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras …

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