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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Despite the Boycotters, the Council Proceeds

CRETE, GREECE — The leaders of the world’s Orthodox Christian churches have gathered on the Greek island of Crete for a landmark meeting, despite a boycott by the Russian church...


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Greek Festival brings out Greeks and non-Greeks alike

Greek Festival brings out Greeks and non-Greeks alike Sitting down to eat with a Greek family is not just a meal, it’s an event.“It’s an all-day thing,” Poughkeepsie resident Christina Mattes said. “They bring out 10 different dishes to make sure ...


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‘No’ to Privatisation of Urban Transport, Says Transport Min Spirtzis

In an interview with ANA-MPA, Infrastructures, Greek Transport and Networks Minister; Christos Spirtzis spoke about three draft bills for public works and public contracts. Spirtzis said he is firmly against the privatisation of public transport. “This will not happen” he noted adding that “the model of private urban transport in Greece, which was applied in Thessaloniki, has failed. It


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Orthodox Leaders Celebrate Pentecost While Russia’s No-Show Mars Historical Meeting

On Sunday the leaders of Orthodox churches from around the world met in Crete for the Pan-Orthodox Council, the first gathering of its kind in over a millennium. The leaders held mass in the city of Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete where they celebrated the Orthodox Pentecost. The group will continue on in Crete until


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Prince Tribute Kicks Off the Athens Open Air Film Festival 2016

Athens Open Air Film Festival 2016 event turns six this summer, kicking off on June 21 with the projection of the 80’s blockbuster Purple Rain (1984), a movie by Albert Magnoli. This is the first time in three decades that the film will be projected in Greece, both as a tribute to Prince and to celebrate


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GREEK people-smuggler gets 103 years

Athens - A GREEK people smuggler was sentenced to 103 years in prison for ferrying groups of migrants across the Aegean Sea to Europe, local media ...


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Greece gets loan to pay off loans

Greece is now set to receive €7.5 billion in an emergency bailout loan so that it can meet its repayment on part of another loan. Greece will now be able to use the injection to pay €3.5bn to the European Central Bank next month in debt repayments and not have to default.


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Eurobank: Is Its International Exposure A Plus Or A Minus?

As mentioned in the article, Eurobank has the most international exposure among its GREEK peers with 29% of its operating income coming from ...


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Enjoy a guilt-free frozen snack this summer with Yasso Frozen GREEK Yogurt

Treat yourself to a guilt-free frozen dessert this summer with Yasso Frozen GREEK Yogurt. Founded by two childhood friends, Drew Harrington and ...


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Underfunded GREEK Athletes Have to Self-fund, Struggling to Get to Rio

rio 2016 GREEK athletes are losing sleep over more than rigorous training schedules as they prepare for the Olympics in Rio. With virtually no funding ...


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Desperate Greeks Signing Contracts that Pay Less than Minimum Wage

As unemployment soars in Greece, new employment contracts for Greeks desperately seeking work are emerging. The Ergani database system of the Greek Labor Ministry records the flow of employment across Greece in terms of region, sector, company size and contract type, among other categories, in real-time. Recent data collected through the ministry’s Ergani system shows that 50.46% of the


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Tsipras Tells Ban Ki-moon: The Time is Now to find a Solution to the Cyprus Issue

When Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met in Athens on Saturday a resolution to the Cyprus issue were a critical part of what the two leaders discussed. As PM Tsipras emphasized discussions between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders were at critical mass. “The Cyprus problem is one of illegal


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UN Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon: Lesvos is the Island of Peace

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited on Saturday the island of Lesvos and “met with refugees from countries that have suffered very much,” as he said. He toured the refugee and migrant camp at Kara Tepe and the Moria hotspot and thanked the Greek authorities, the local authorities, the humanitarian organisations and the citizens of Lesvos for


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Tsipras Meets with Party Leaders on Electoral Reforms

Greece’s Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, will be meeting with party leaders to discuss electoral reforms this Sunday. The proposed changes to the electoral law that Tsipras wants to make would give back a voice to the people and would play-out much like a simple proportional representation system. Tsipras and his left-wing party, SYRIZA, are hoping this move will


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Greece’s Bank Association Announces Capital Controls Could be Lifted by End of 2016

According to Greece’s banking association Greece might be able to lift most or all capital controls by the end of the year. On Saturday, the association said that the controls which apply restrictions that only 420 euros a week can be withdrawn from banks might be able to be lifted as early as fall. According to Reuters, Louka Katseli, a chair member at Greece’s second


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Athens arson: Petrol bombs hurled at Greek Culture Ministry

ATHENS, Greece -- Authorities in Greece say the entrance of the …


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Crete Council to Deliver Eastern Orthodoxy’s Opinion on Key Social Issues

… KOLYMVARI (Crete) (Sputnik) – The historic Orthodox Christian Council in Crete will voice …  be held on the Greek island of Crete on June 19-26, after …


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Greece investigates Ericsson staff over corruption

STOCKHOLM: Greek authorities are investigating seven employees of the Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson on suspicion of corruption, the company said Sunday, just days after it confirmed a separate US-led graft probe. Investigators are probing Greece's ...


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Greek people smuggler given 103-year jail term: media

[Refugees and migrants arrive by boat to the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 11, 2015]A Greek people smuggler was sentenced to 103 years in prison for ferrying groups of migrants across the Aegean Sea to Europe, local media reported Sunday.


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Solar power is providing a lifeline of hope to migrants in Greece

No blog post is going to do justice to the difficulties of being a migrant, crossing the Mediterranean, and finding yourself in an impossible position in Greece. One thing that makes the journey a little easier is cellphones, and by extension access to ...


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Ericsson Employees Summoned by GREEK Authorities in Probe

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson AB said on Sunday that seven of its current and former employees have been served with summons by ...


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Art review: Paying thematic homage to classical themes at the GoggleWorks

The GREEK and Roman mythological tale tells of the deaths of Laocoon, a Trojan priest of Poseidon, and his sons, Antiphantes and Thymbraeus, ...


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Persepolis striker Taremi to join GREEK club

Persepolis striker Mehdi Taremi has agreed a two-year contract to join an unknown GREEK side, according to several reports in the local media.


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World Orthodox leaders meet despite Russia's absence

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of the world's Orthodox Christian churches have gathered on the Greek island of Crete for a landmark meeting, despite a boycott by the Russian church — the most populous in a religion of some 300 million people.


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Ukraine Orthodox Church Situation Off Crete Synod Agenda

… .2016) Get short URL KOLYMVARI (Crete) (Sputnik) — A historic council of … Council will convene on the Greek island on June 20-26 after …  be held on the Greek island of Crete on June 19-26, after …


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These solar-powered mobile charging stations are helping refugees in Greece

… saving grace across countries like Greece, where refugees are attempting to … Elpis (the Greek word for “hope”), and alongside Greek solar company Entec … was quite difficult. Everything in Greece is quite bureaucratic,” Angelopoulos said …


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Tangled up in Tantaros: High-Profile Pundit’s New Book on Women

Andreana Konstantina Tantaros (better known as Andrea) is a nationally-recognized, Pennsylvania-born thirtysomething political analyst, a product of a traditional Greek household for which she is grateful in shaping her to...


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UN chief in Greece to take stock of migrant crisis

WELCOME, BAN: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, right, welcomes the UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday. (AFP) ATHENS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon headed Saturday to take a first-hand look in Greece at the migration crisis that has engulfed Europe, as tens of ...


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Ozone levels in GREEK capital's north surpass safety levels

Ozone levels in parts of the GREEK capital surpassed recommended safety levels on Sunday, prompting a warning from the Health Ministry. According ...


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Greek Culture Ministry Targeted in Petrol Bomb Attack

Authorities in Greece say the entrance of the country's Culture Ministry has suffered minor damage in arson attack in central Athens


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Another Greek hell day with over 40C: Tips for humans, pets & plants

It’s another hell of the day. Thermometer showed 33.5 C at 10:30 in the morning in the shadow of the balcony. Now it shows devilish 36.5C and it’s just 1:30… I bet, temperature will reach more than 40C today and I hope my many plants won’t decide to tell me […]


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Refugees in Greece are using solar phone chargers for free

As the refugee crisis rages on across Europe, technology has adopted an increasingly critical role in helping displaced individuals establish a lifeline, or at least, some form of literal connectivity. Mobile devices have become something of a saving grace ...


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Geordie Shore's Sophie Kasaei sizzles in skimpy bikini with hunky beau Joey Corry on GREEK ...

So Sophie Kasaei no doubt had reason to celebrate as she hit the beach with her bodybuilder boyfriend Joel Corry in Cyprus on Thursday.


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Theo James Spends Time in Greece Before World Refugee Day

Theo James gets serious while on a trip with the UN Refugee Agency earlier this month to learn about refugees in Northern Greece. The 31-year-old Divergent star joined the organization to meet with refugees as well as local authorities who are trying to ...


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Statement from Deputy FM Amanatidis during the proceedings of the Holy and Great Council ...

“For four months now, the Greek government has worked hard to provide every possible assistance towards the success of the Holy and Great Council. After all, the Left and Orthodoxy meet in love, in solidarity and in providing for people. Today is an historic day for everyone.”


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Greek investigation into contract from 1999

… in Greece relating to a defense agreement signed in 1999. Greek authorities … an airborne radar system to Greece. The contract was signed in … preliminary investigation proceedings by a Greek prosecutor involving allegations of possible …


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BRIEF-Ericsson informs about Greek defense sector investigations

… in Greece relating to a defense agreement signed in 1999 * Says Greek … investigations into arms deals in Greek defense sector * Says one investigation … an airborne radar system to Greece. The contract was signed in …


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Orthodox Churches council opens on Crete despite Russia's absence

An historic gathering of Orthodox Churches opens on the Greek island of Crete, despite the absence of four denominations including the Russians.


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Father Naddaf: Beacon of Light to the Christians of Israel

Chapter one of this story began when Father Gabriel Naddaf, a GREEK Orthodox priest in Nazareth, started to speak up for the idea that it was time for ...


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Ban Ki-moon tasks int'l community to speed up migrant resettlement

Speaking at the Kara Tepe migrant camp on the GREEK island of Lesbos on Saturday, the UN Chief said: “Detention is not the answer, it should end ...


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Former finance minister casts light on roots of crisis

There is a small detail – it does not immediately strike one as important next to other events – which sums up the essence of the six-year GREEK crisis: ...


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Spotlight: COSCO Shipping's investment in Piraeus port multi-win for China, Greece, Europe, says shipping expert

COSCO SHIPPING PANAMA docks at Piraeus port, Greece, June 11, 2016. COSCO SHIPPING PANAMA, the vessel that was selected to make the first historic transit through the expanded Panama Canal later this June, berthed at Piraeus port and left Greece on June 11 ...


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Historic Orthodox meet marred by Russian no show

[Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians]Orthodox churches from around the world met in Greece Sunday for the first such gathering in a millennium, but the absence of several branches of the communion threatened to mar the event.


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Restaurants, bars and the self-employed forced to have card terminals from August in Greece

The government is hoping that August will see a rise in the number of electronic transactions in Greece, to better enable it to monitor money flows and beat tax dodging. According to sources, enterprises and self-employed professionals, mainly in domains ...


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U.N. secretary-general visits refugee outpost on Greek island

The United Nations secretary-general on Saturday visited camps on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos, where hundreds of thousands of refugees first set foot in Europe over the past 18 months. Earlier, Ban Ki-moon held talks in Athens with Greek Prime ...


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Lindsay Lohan's Big GREEK 30th Birthday Bash on (Where Else?) But Mykonos

... Lindsay Lohan's fiancĂ©, Russian trust-fund billionaire Egor Tarabasov, is throwing her a big, fat— and very GREEK— 30th birthday party in Mykonos.


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Solar charging stations help refugees in GREECE stay connected

Refugees in GREECE have faced similar problems where opportunities to recharge devices are severely limited in overcrowded camps. Questionably ...


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Left wingers for Brexit need to wake up to what they're about to do

David Holt, CC BY If you listen to some left-wing voices – proponents of what is being called Lexit – the European Union is an undemocratic, neo-liberal empire. It is ruled by Angela Merkel and an army of cold-hearted, faceless bureaucrats in Brussels who spend their lives plotting to privatise British public services and deliberately making life in Southern Europe as miserable as possible. Listening to both left-wing and right-wing arguments for Brexit can be rather confusing. Similar to Schrödinger’s immigrant who lazes around on benefits while simultaneously stealing jobs, the EU seems to be at the same time both communist and predatory capitalist. It has transformed Europe into a fortress while at the same time opening its borders to mass immigration. The EU’s rescue packages for Southern Europe have been too stingy while at the same constituting an outrageous burden to British taxpayers. You do not have to be an idealist europhile to find these accusations a bit harsh. As a project that’s main purpose is the creation of a single market, the EU is indeed an economically liberal endeavour. Its key purpose is to replace those national laws which hamper trade with common European legislation. For some member states, such as France or Germany, this often amounts to deregulation, because EU laws tend to be more business-friendly than their national laws. But that is not the case for the UK. Britain has been driven by neoliberal economic policy for the past four decades. The EU has actually brought back all kinds of protections for workers, consumers and the environment. Among other things the EU forced the UK to introduce the statutory right to paid leave. Before the implementation of the EU Working Time Directive in 1998, two million British employees did not receive any paid holiday at all. >  European integration has clearly been a left-wing corrective to British neoliberalism. Meanwhile, it was actually the UK that has pushed many of those developments in the EU that the left opposes. Successive British governments have been promoting neoliberal policies and torpedoing social interventions on the EU level. For example, the UK ended up challenging the EU Working Time Directive at the European Court of Justice – even though the British government had already managed to significantly water it down during EU negotiations. Insisting on EU decision-making through such intergovernmental negotiations and hampering the empowerment of the European Parliament, it has also been working against any effort to make the EU more democratic. Moreover, it stubbornly clings to its rebate on the EU budget, leaving it to other EU states to foot the bill of European solidarity. More recently, the UK has failed to display even the most basic solidarity in response to the refugee crisis or to Greek sovereign debt. Nor do arguments about the EU holding Britain back from re-nationalising public services and the railways stand up to much scrutiny. The privatisation of British public utilities had a lot to do with British politics and very little with European integration. While the EU Rail Directive opened up the railways for private competition, it did not oblige member states to privatise state-owned service providers. In fact, the UK was the only big EU state to do so. If a left-wing British government tried to renationalise the railways, or any other utilities, the EU would be the least of its worries. The main obstacles would come from within the UK, most notably from the private sector and, indeed, the electorate. British voters are – whether the left likes it or not – far more economically conservative than most of continental Europe. Any British left wingers thinking of voting to leave the EU over these issues should perhaps instead consider leaving Britain. WHAT HAPPENS IN PRACTICE Brexit could only be in the left’s interest if it was followed up by consequential left-wing politics. It would require a Labour party that has significantly moved to the left to get into government very soon. Giving up on the EU and the left-wing corrective it already provides in exchange for the slim hope of a genuine left-wing government coming to power in Britain is a rather risky gamble. In the short term, Brexit will empower the likes of Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, who have never made a secret of their Thatcherite fantasies. In the long term, Brexit might render Labour completely impotent. If Britain leaves the EU against the will of the majority of Scottish voters, their appetite for independence will surge again. Needless to say the left’s electoral potential will diminish for generations without the Scottish vote. The support for Lexit indicates that parts of the left are as ignorant of the EU’s set up, its decision-making processes and its impact on the UK as the right. Both forms of euroscepticism are rooted in misinformation, prejudice and fear. And both their expectations for a post-Brexit future are based on little more than wishful thinking. With 44% of Labour voters supporting Leave in a recent poll, it might be the left that paves the way not only for major blue collar job-loss that is likely to follow a post-Brexit economic shock, but also for making neoliberals stronger than ever. And what about all those European workers who have come to Britain to make a living? Nobody denies that the European Union is far from perfect. But actually, it has been successive British governments that have spearheaded those forces undermining all efforts to make the EU more democratic, more social and more geared towards solidarity. So if you’re left leaning and vote for Brexit, you might actually do the continental left-wing cause a favour. Without Britain holding it back, the EU might stand a chance at progress. But Brexit certainly won’t help you. [The Conversation] _Ragnar Weilandt is affiliated with the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus "Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism" programme._


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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Greek Amphitheater’s High Quality Sound

The ancient mystery revolving around the great acoustics of the Greek amphitheater in Epidaurus has finally been solved, according to Live Science. Scientists have been wondering about the high sound quality of Epidaurus’ theater for decades, developing ...


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Russian tourism: Cyprus and Greece in top choices

Prokopis Pavlopoulos will pay an official visit... Cyprus and Greece are among the top 3 destinations within Europe that Russian tourists opt this year for their summer vacations, according to a survey bytrivago.ru. Cyprus is the most popular destination ...


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