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Commissioner Moscovici in Athens

moskoThe European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici is in Athens on Monday ahead of a series of meetings which include exchanges with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance.

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Shots fired at Israeli Embassy

israeli embAs if the Greek capital was not in enough trouble in global newswire cicrles, along comes a team (by all accounts) of thugs are fires off a Kalashnikov rifle at the walls of the Israeli Embassy in Greece at 3:00 am on Friday morning.

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Money for nothing…

tsiprasGlobal markets appear to be taking it for granted that the presidential election will come to nothing and the country will proceed with general elections in early 2015. They are also taking it for granted that SYRIZA will win those elections and proceed to forming a government.

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Pre-election jitters, phase 2

alexWith the stock exchange crumbling and investors pushing interest rates on the Greek 5- and 10-year bonds well above 7% we can honestly say that the ‘biblical signs’ of the upcoming apocalypse (or a SYRIZA election win as we refer to it in this country) are being revealed one by one…

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Alea iacta est (the die is cast)

tsipras-samarasRumours aplenty in the Greek political corridors Tuesday morning as Prime Minister Mr Antonis Samaras was announcing Mr Dimas candidature for President of the Hellenic Republic – just a few hours earlier the Prime Minister had announced that the Parliament was pushing forward the presidential election process. First vote will take place on December 17th and final on December 29th.

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Sad day for Greek culture

koumandareasAside from politics, life is continuing in this country and day after day events that shape other aspects of our lives are continuing to transpire. It was therefore with great sadness that we all learnt of a horrific murder over the weekend, that of writer and intellectual Menis Kumantareas.

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Vote for budget… check!

greek-parliament11For the first time in decades the Greek Parliament voted for a budget that looks and feels a lot like the way most of us budget our household finances: we should not spend more than we make. For decades, Greek budgets took it for granted that the Greek state would simply not make do with the funds available to it so it was always ready to borrow money!

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