NEWS ARCHIVE - APRIL 2013
April 30, 2013
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April 27, 2013
"...the long symbiosis of Greek Orthodox Christians and Jews and how they joined forces at times of national crisis. Most Greeks, for example, know that thousands of the country’s Jews fought on the Pindos mountains in World War I, but very few know how important their contribution was to the National Resistance in WWII, how hundreds of Greek Jews refused to pin the yellow star on their outer garments and instead took up arms against the Nazis.
The Jewish Museum is currently hosting an exhibition on this chapter of history. Titled “Synagonistis: Greek Jews in the National Resistance” and running through next April, the exhibition pays homage to the 650 men and women who decided to become outlaws not just in order to save their own lives but also in the service of freedom.
Jewish Museum of Greece, 39 Nikis, Syntagma, Athens, 210-322-5582. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. "
Link: Anti-semitism in Greece
April 26, 2013
Essay at Foreign Affairs by Yannos Papantoniou, who was Greece Finance Minister from 1994-2001.
New Elstat data: Clothing and Footware up 32.8%
See this Elstat PDF Press Release for complete data
Recent Statistics [March 2013]
Improved conditions are in GREEN Declined conditions in BLACK
(Conditions are rated as compared to previous reporting period)
|Consumer price index||Mar 13/Mar 12||-0.2|
|Harmonized Index Consumer Prices||Mar 13/Mar 12||-0.2|
|Gross Domestic Product (GDP)||Q4 2012||-5.7%|
|Unemployment rate*||Q4 2012||26.0%|
|Industrial Production (non-construction)||Feb 13 / Feb 12||-3.9%|
|Turnover Retail Trade||Jan 13 / Jan 12||-15.7|
|Producer Price Index Industry||Feb 13/Feb 12||0.8|
|Building (volume)||Jan 13 / Jan 12||-32.6%|
|Population count 2001||10,815,197|
|(2008 Eurostat Estimate Population)||11,262,000|
|Registered Population 2011||9.903.268|
|Resident Population 2011||10.815.197|
*Worst numbers are for youth, with 61.7% unemployment for those in the 15-24 age group.
April 25, 2013
April 24, 2013
Tourism to Greece down 5.5% in 2012 - Elstat
Arrivals from United States down -22.9%
Norway, Russia, Uk and Australia up.
Government preps for state employee lay-offs - Greekreporter
The 2011 "Troika Midterm Plan" had this requirement regarding staff reductions:
"Major hiring reduction, i.e., only 1 in 10 retiring workers will be replaced in 2011, and 1 in 5 in coming years under the plan"
April 23, 2013
April 22, 2013
April 21, 2013
"In a previous Metron Analysis poll in March, New Democracy trailed Syriza by 0.3 percentage points.
New Democracy has been behind Syriza for months following the June 17 vote but managed to grab a poll lead in January after securing international bailout funds to avert bankruptcy and allay doubts over Greece's future in the euro."
Usually the image of the Colonels is extremely negative (at least in International news stories) but in Greece the matter isn't so simple. The Junta ruled Greece under 'invisible dictator' George Papadopoulos from April 21, 1967 until November 25, 1973. At that time Dimitrios Ioannidis used a countercoup to remove his previous boss (Papadopoulos) and assume control until the military crisis with Turkey over Cyprus forced his resignation in 1974. This was quickly followed by the swearing in of ex-Premier Constantine Karamalis on July 23, 1974, who returned from exile in Paris to lead a regeneration of democracy in Greece.
The poll question from Eleftherotypia shows that a large number of Greeks have different memories of that time period:
"The poll shows a significant percentage of voters answering positively to the question "In a few days we will have April 21. Some say that the dictatorship was better than today's government. Do you personally agree or disagree with this view?"
The majority (59%) believes that in the security situation on the Junta was better, 46% thought it had a better life and 24% believe that the country had a better international image."
Related Link: The Junta in Greece
April 20, 2013
Radio news program interview. Audio at the link.
April 19, 2013
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April 15, 2013
April 14, 2013‘Sleep Out’ protesters warn entire families will be homeless in Greece
April 12, 2013
From the new stats released from ELSTAT for April 12, 2013:
"Unemployment rate in January 2013 was 27.2% compared to 21.5% in January 2012 and 25.7% in December 2012. The number of employed amounted to 3,617,771 persons. Τhe number of unemployed amounted to 1,348,742 while the number of inactive to 3,346,423."
The Elstat report shows unemployment broken down into areas. Aegean is lower with approx 19%, and Attica the highest with 28.4%.
April 11, 2013
April 10, 2013
"The Greek shipping magnate's granddaughter, 28-year-old Athina Onassis Roussel, has agreed to sell the island of Skorpios, a jewel in the Ionian Sea, according to Greek media.
The identity of the Russian businessman has not been disclosed.
The forested island, off the western coast of Greece, was bought by Aristotle Onassis in 1962 for just 3.5 million drachmas, the equivalent of about £10,000."
April 9, 2013
April 7, 2013
Article asks "How much is the crisis home-made and to what extent is Greece again the victim of external powers? "
April 5, 2013
"The endless empty rows said it all. For a political party struggling to survive, the choice of a huge Athens stadium for its annual congress was probably a bad one.
A few thousand loyal supporters gathered, but the tens of thousands of vacant seats spoke of a party nearing oblivion.
The Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) has dominated the Greek political scene for more than three decades. It soared to power in 1981. The dictatorship had just ended here; Pasok created a welfare state, transforming Greece into a modern, European country.
The dream was not realised as we expected. We have a country bankrupt, corrupt and not functioning as it should”
But today it languishes at around 6% in the polls, widely reviled for corruption and for accepting hated austerity while in power in 2009."