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Scenario: Early elections end of June 2014 or beginning of July

Hardly had the ballot boxes for the municipality and regional elections had closed on Sunday and the first scenario of snap polls made the rounds. Reasons for this was the exit polls showing left-wing SYRIZA candidates to lead in Athens and Attica – thus overturning the public opinion polls of …

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EU & local elections: Greece’s political landscape in the shadow of FT revelations

I have a major problem: four days before the municipality elections and eleven days before the European Parliament voting, I am unable to follow the political debates, the statements and announcements or comments of elected and aspiring politicians in mainstream media and websites, in blogs and social media. I mostly …

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Greek PM announces sweeping changes to Constitution

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday presented his party’s proposals for sweeping changes to the Greek Constitution, heralding reforms that would reduce the terms of state officials and increase the accountability of ministers as well as the transparency of political parties. The proposed reforms, outlined before an audience of New …

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Greek PM Samaras: “The cosmogony has begun”

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras scared me to death his morning announcing the re-start of a cosmogony. “The cosmogony has begun,” Samaras said and I got armed to hear a new Big Bang and meet my creator. Because my logical assumption: if cosmogony refers to the creation of the world …

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Greek debt scenarios: “Great stretch” or “time to default”?

Hardly has Greece managed to return to the international markets and several scenarios started to circulate again about the future of the Greek debt. One of the scenarios claims that the solution would be is a great stretch of another 20 years for the pay back of the bailout loans. …

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Merkel in Athens: “I came to take a look into the future”

“I came here to take a look into the future and talk with new people with new ideas,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, right upon her arrival in Athens. I have to apologize right away, though. It was not …

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Greece returns to markets with 5-year bond

Are we? Aren’t we? Will Greece issue a long-term bond on Wednesday and return to the markets after four years spent in Troika’s deep freeze? Several Greek media claim  this morning  that a 5-year bond has already been launched  and that the borrowing interest would be 5.25% and total worth …

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Are you eligible for the “social dividend” from primary surplus?

One million people are going to see several hundred euro in their pockets as of May 9th 2014. Greek media report of an agreement between the Greek finance ministry and Samaras junior coalition partner PASOK on the categories and the social dividend amount that will be distributed from the primary …

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Greek PM: “I will not allow a criminal organization to govern the political life”

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is determined not to allow extreme-right Golden Dawn be a regulator of the country’s political life and threaten the political stability. Speaking to a delegation of AHEPA, the prime minister used the chance to address the issue that his close aide Panagiotis Baltakos had regular …

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UPD Friendly chat with Golden Dawn brings down Greek gov’t secretary general (video)

A first class political scandal is shaking the Greek coalition government after Golden Dawn released footage of a friendly chat the extreme-right party had with the secretary of the government Panagiotis Baltakos. According to the recorded conversation and the footage transcript Baltakos allegedly claimed that the political persecution of Golden …

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Troika-investigator MEP Karas sets the Greeks on fire

There is a news topic that it honestly surpasses me. It is complicated, it has lots of details of translation mistakes, pronunciations mistakes and lawmakers who don’t speak foreign languages and  to tell you the truth, I have no interest about. Yet I feel the need to post about it, …

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Early elections in sight? Samaras announces 440,000 jobs, while gov’t majority at risk

There is the fragrance of elections hovering in the smog-free air of Greece. The country’s government announces measures here and there, measures aiming to alleviate the suffering of the austerity-ridden society. Right after his arrival to Athens from Brussels and Kefalonia where he visited the earthquake-hit area, prime minister Antonis …

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