Greece and the economic crisis 2018
NEWS ARCHIVE - Nov 1 - Nov 6
November 6, 2018
Pension cut debacle
Story at eKathimerini on the wave of lawsuits demanding payment of cut pensions from 2012 - 2015, including the holiday bonuses, as the result of the Supreme Court decision that the previous cuts were not constitutional. The total amount of liability could be as high as €9 billion euros.
Constitutional revision debates starts Nov 14
eKathimerini on the coming debate over legally repositioning the gov't as a neutral party in regards to religious life (i.e., "separation of church and state") and also a change in how the Greek president could be elected/chosen and alteration of duties.
The Katseli Law is replaced
Story at Naftemporiki [in Greek] on the change to the "law of the First residence."
Eurobank and Small Business in Greece
Interview with Iakovos Giannaklis, General Manager of Retail Banking at Eurobank, and story at World Finance
Tax Havens (as listed by the EU)
Story at Iefimerida [in Greek] - The EU "Black List" now consists of five (Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, American Samoa, Guam and the American Virgin Islands). The list was started in 2017 with 17 nations listed, places pinpointed for lack of transparency and for not cooperating with the EU in fighting tax evasion. Only those five countries are on the "black list" now, though there is a "grey list" too, countries cited for "low transparency standards." More on this at Reuters.
Story (with some sarcasm) at Keep Talking Greece on The Council of Europe and Commissioner of Human Rights, to whit: "...the European officers have discovered that the austerity measures demanded by the same EU officers and institutions have hampered citizens’ access to health care system and education."
Mariella Fasoula of Greece a star player at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt basketball team center 6'5" tall Fasoula is profiled at The Tennessean
Greek and Turkey continue "sniping"
Story at Customs Today on the war of words over sea space.
What Greeks ate during the German occupation of WW2
The difficult era of the NAZI occupation of Athens is recounted with descriptions of kinds of food eaten and the mounting starvation because of the confiscation of food by the German army - More at Greek Reporter
The UN Refugee agency wants improvements at Samos& Lesbos
Story at the UNHCR site
November 5, 2018
Greece gets USA temporary sanctions waiver on Iranian oil
Story at Yahoo
Greece to use AI computer intelligence at border crossings
Computer-based "artificial intelligence" will be used to observe border crossers to identify persons lying - story at Keep Talking Greece
Who is to blame for Greece's lack of access to credit?
eKathimerini story on where blame lies for the lack of trust for Greek debt creation.
Erdogan speaks out again on Cyprus resources
Turkey's "share" of Aegean energy exploration continues to be demanded - more at eKathimerini. Meanwhile, Erdogan is talking about a Turkish air defense system instead of the expected purchase of Russian systems - Protothema. Also, issues about Cyprus airspace discussed at Tovima.
Greece is 9th in wine for Europe
Italy is ranked #1 - Greek City Times
November 4, 2018
Ancient statues found
A farmer in central Greece unearthed four ancient sculpted images - story at Greek City Times
Ionian Sea drilling slated for 2019
Protothema on hydrocarbon searches in the Gulf of Patras and Katakolo.
More earthquake activity at Zakynthos
Story at Naftemporiki
Australian election cycle and pledges to celebrate 2021 Greek Bicentennial
Story at Neo Kosmos
Albanaian prosecutor files charges against deceased Katsifas
Some information on the status of the body and the 5-minute survey of the corpse by a Greek coroner - story at Tovima
November heat sends people to beaches
Railway link between Thessaloniki and Ruse
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Tsipras have agreed on a railyway line crossing from Greece to Bulgaria - Story at Novinite
Ceiling of the Propyla
November 3, 2018
Greece and Russia hosting Womens Swim Games
The first games of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League 2019 start today in Athens and Volgograd - news at Swimswam
Greek pension system is expensive, says Rehn
Story at eKathimerini
November 2, 2018
Mortgage loans to be subsidized
The eligibility for this subsidization seems to be targeted at families earning €8,500 or less per year - Story at Keep Talking Greece
British Airways adding new flights to Greece
More at the UK Independent
Reunification first, then cooperation on energy exploration: Anastasiades
Story at eKathimerini on the statement from Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Cyprus Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides which indicates Turkey must first make peace with Cyprus / Greece before gaining a cooperative partnership on energy exploitation.
Four-way cooperation goal between Romania, Serbia, Greece and Bulgaria on railway and more
Story at Athens News Agency [in Greek] on the efforts by Tsipras to coordinate an joint effort between the four countries (and including a possible fifth partner, Israel) for purposes of stabilizing the region and Eastern Mediterranean.
Progress on name-change in FYROM
eKathimerini on the multiple constitutional amendments moving through the parliament in Skopje, particularly the one which officially changes "Republic of Macedonia" to "Republic of North Macedonia."
Troubles mount on "Golden Visa" scheme
Story at Tovima on Jumbo vice-president Evangelos Papaevangelou involved in a scheme to bypass Chinese capital controls involving the sale of properties to Chinese nationals by utilizing POS bank terminals shipped to the Chinese mainland.
World cup 2020 effort being made by Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania
Story at Keep Talking Greece .
Social Inclusion encouraged through schools
Story looks at "social cohesion" as buttressed by Greek and immigrant populations meeting through schools - story at Relief Web .
Most popular names in Europe
In Greece it is Papadopoulos - story at Tanea .
Joint military exercise between Cypriot National Guard and Israeli units
Story at Protothema where they note that this is third exercise conducted by the IDF and Cypriot National Guard on Cyprus, with other exercises having been held in Israel.
November 1, 2018
Thomas Cook to open 4 hotels
Hotels slated for Tigaki, Faliraki, Lambi Beach (Kos), and Chania - more at Argophilia
Ferry link study Greece / Cyprus
More at Cyprus Mail
After 12 years air link between FYROM and Greece is back
Thursday marks the beginning of flights between Athens and Skopje after a 12 year halt - More at UK Guardian
Police use tear gas in Thessaloniki during Katsifas shooting protest
Police stopped a protesters march headed for the Albanian Embassy which resulted in clashes - story at Washington Times
Convicted drug dealer John Macris killed in Athens by assailants
Ankara continues to decry drilling around Cyprus and any chance of Greek territorial water expansion
With ExxonMobil about to start drilling off Cyprus in a search for hydrocarbons, Turkey Defense Minister Hulusi Akar Story reiterates the Turkish claim on eastern Mediterranean water space and particularly Northern Cyprus areas - more at eKathimerini [For more background see this Oct 5, 2018 story at eKathimerini]
Does Brexit Britain stand to learn from Greece?
Financial Times article describing the 2009 economic melt-down as provoking political turmoil, but by 2018 Greece is in a "post-populist" stage with the article giving much positive appraisal of Tsipras' transformation from "radical to statesman," with an implied hope that such a result might be emulated in Britain for their own leadership.
Tsipras seeks "religious neutrality" for Greece
Article at patheos.com which praises any move which reduces religious influence in Greece toward a situation of benign "neutrality," profiling Tsipras as best representing that possibility.
Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge (aslo called the Antirio Bridge) across Gulf of Corinth