Greek Political Scene

Greek Political Scene

Postby deja vu on Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:09 am

(A rioter sets fire to the entrance of a hotel during a demonstration against the Greek government's austerity plan in Athens on Thursday.)

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ATHENS - Greek police fired tear gas to disperse protesters throwing rocks and firebombs outside Parliament as more than 20,000 people marched through central Athens during a nationwide strike against the government's harsh new austerity measures.

The strike grounded all flights and brought public transport to a halt. State hospitals were left with emergency staff only and all news broadcasts were suspended as workers walked off the job for 24 hours to protest spending cuts and tax hikes designed to tackle the country's debt crisis.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35810315/ns ... ws-europe/


This will probably get uglier and the tourists may be caught in the middle. Setting fire to a hotel entrance and forcing those inside to find a rear exit is the work of cowards. It only hurts their cause especially if those inside are hurt or killed.
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Re: Greek Political Scene

Postby alohasand on Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:45 pm

Geniuses that firebomb tourist places-hello, you just put some workers at risk of unpaid layoff, while some construction crew might get some repair work. If tourists are scared off, there will be less money spent in Greece. Greek residents will have to adapt their diets and lifestyles to go lighter than ever. No clue as to what social services supports or food banks there are in Greece.
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Re: Greek Political Scene

Postby pretzels on Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:16 pm

Hard times for all. Easter might be harder; no need for new apparel if last year's clothing is still wearable. Money woes could cause an increase in the sales of those worry beads.
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Re: Greek Political Scene

Postby smitty on Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:51 pm

We know for sure that Greece will NOT be one of the many that will want to hold the next Summer Olympics for I have a hunch they are still paying for so much of the debt at this time what with land taxes to taxes for everything else.
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Re: Greek Political Scene

Postby pretzels on Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:36 pm

It will be a long time, Smitty, before they have that sport event again. But they have new things, if not vandalized, that can be put into a sport package tour for Greeks and another for tourists, unless they happen to know Greek--then they can get the local one.
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Re: Greek Political Scene

Postby cards on Thu May 17, 2012 12:34 pm

Greek savers may be gripped by a “great fear that could develop into panic” in the words of President Karolos Papoulias, but many Greeks shifted their money to safer havens in Britain, Switzerland, Germany and Nordic countries long ago.

Worries about a run on Greek banks has rattled Athens this week, after savers withdrew at least 700 million euros ($890 million US) on Monday alone, according to minutes of Papoulias’s comments to political leaders posted on the presidency’s website. It is not only Greeks who are worried about their savings. Data shows depositors have also taken flight from banks in Belgium, France and Italy. And on Thursday, Spain’s Bankia was reported to have seen more than 1 billion euros drained by its customers in the past week.


http://www.thestar.com/business/article ... e-day?bn=1


I'm not an economist, but this can't be good in the long run. Their economy is in the tank and this should send it further
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Re: Greek Political Scene

Postby smitty on Thu May 17, 2012 1:03 pm

cards , That was a good post for sure. Funny thing is so many Greeks that end up in Canada seem to thrive of gambling to even gambling at the back of some business.

Still a while back (adtually from the ('40s & later) I noted that ITALY always seemed to be about to or did have a new government so wonder if Greece is going to follow Italy!!!!!

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Re: Greek Political Scene

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:04 pm

Greece's birth certificate registration system is getting the spotlight after a recent raid on a Roma camp led to an adult observing a minor child seeming very different from her alleged parents. The parents and child had their DNA tested and they are not related. The process is underway to determine the child's birth parent(s), especially as the Roma parents said the child was voluntarily given to them by a mother who could not keep her. Additionally, the Roma parents had registered 14 children as their own but discrepancies exist-10 cannot be accounted for and some of them seem to have birthdates all within 6 months of each other. Thus an examination into social benefits claimed by the couple is also being conducted.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/world/europe/roma-abduction-case-prompts-birth-certificate-review-in-greece.html?ref=world&_r=0

The country does not have a centralized system for recording births and there is also an accepted method of registering a child as one's own if a parent can provide two witnesses verifying that to be the case. An allowed lag time of up to three months may occur in registering a birth in a community/urban area. As a result of the minor child's situation, an emergency review of registrations from Jan 1, 1998 has been ordered as dental examination of the child determined she is about 5-6 years of age.

In Athens, three officials with recordkeeping responsibilities have been let go. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/blond-angel-case-prompts-greek-birth-certificates-probe-1.2158484
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Re: Greek Political Scene

Postby mousepad on Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:00 am

Ciel, you can add Ireland to that list. They have a child that may be in the same situation.

Greece may have a lot to answer for if this child crossed at a border and was not smuggled in. If they find that the parents are not from Europe then how did that child get out of one country and into the next. It would have meant air or boat and that still requires border guards. A lot of heads could roll on this one, but first they have a lot to sort out.

If this child was not reported missing they may never find out where she came from.
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Re: Greek Political Scene

Postby deja vu on Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:23 pm

mousepad:
Ciel, you can add Ireland to that list. They have a child that may be in the same situation.


Two blond children who were taken by Irish police from their Romanian Gypsy parents were returned Wednesday to their families after DNA tests determined that the children were rightfully theirs, an episode that raised accusations of racism.

The Irish police were responding to public tipoffs fueled by media coverage of an alleged child-abduction case in Greece involving a blond-haired girl and a family of Gypsies, known as Roma.

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Iris ... story.html


This mystery has been resolved and in this case the kids did belong to the parents and returned immediately. It easly could have gone the other way, but at least this case is over. They still have a lot of work to resolve the Egyptian case, and I heard on the TV news that her DNA did not show up after a check from Interpol. Who wouldn't report their child is missing? This case is sad and disturbing.
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