Αυτό που θα’πρεπε να έκανε το Κατερινάκι ….. / What Katerina should’ve done ….
Another €10 million dished out to Greek political parties
They got paid once for the upcoming elections by voting an amendment in the late hours of the night at the beginning of April. Not satisfied with the necks they sucked on the first time, the Greek vampire politicians are set to obtain extra funding to the tune of €10 million. Whatever the case may be, it was a contingency measure, you see.
The first time round, MPs voted to divert funds from debt installments owed to banks in order to finance political parties in view of the elections of May 6. The official explanation for the extra cash was «in order to secure the conditions for continuity of political parties in the national elections.»
Yes, people were outraged, but who gives a cowpat over at the IMF or the European Commission? We Συνέχεια
By Michael Steininger, Christian Science Monitor | 08:54 am
Greece’s European partners are increasingly skeptical that Athens can avoid default.The highly indebted country is working feverishly to secure a debt write-off to avoid default, but international investors see even that as a default of sorts.
With only weeks to go before a crucial bond repayment date, statements from European leaders reveal a growing mistrust in the Greek political class’s ability and willingness to implement deficit cutting measures.Without those measures, Greece will not receive a necessary second bailout from international lenders, and without the bailout, it will likely Συνέχεια
What is Eurogendfor and what is it doing in Greece?
According to their Official website, which you can find here: http://www.eurogendfor.eu/
«The European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) is an initiative of 5 EU Member States – France, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain – aimed at improving the crisis management capability in sensitive areas. Since Wednesday, 17th December 2008, the High Level Interdepartmental Committee Meeting (CIMIN) decided to Συνέχεια
No introduction. I ain’t got a decent one. So, let’s cut to the chase.
«τέλος επιτηδεύματος» & «εισφορά αλληλεγγύης». I really don’t know how to translate these two. “business tariff” & “solidarity contribution”? Could be. The first one is a 300€ charge to all businessmen and the second one is a percentage charge to all taxpayers. Three things to note here
None of them is called tax. My educated guess is that they could not call it “tax”. Had they called it as such, it could be thrown out of the courts. “Taxing” us retro-actively? Now, calling it “contribution”, calling it “special tariff”…. It changes things. Of course, that does not increase my respect to Law in general.
The 300€ charge is universal. There are a couple of exemptions, but they are not total by all Συνέχεια
A VERITABLE revolt by ruling party MPs and opposition pressure prompted Finance Minister Yiorgos Papakonstantinou on June 15 to revise a “poll tax” on virtually all salaries and pensions branded as “solidarity contribution” for the country’s growing number of unemployed.
The new tax was part of the government’s midterm plan for sweeping deficit-cutting measures worth 6.5 billion euros of additional savings this year and a total of another 22 billion euros in cutbacks for the 2012-2015 period, in accordance with Greece’s obligations agreed with the troika of EU-IMF-ECB creditors earlier this month.
The plan also calls for the privatisation of state assets and sale of public property to raise additional revenues of 50 billion euros. Συνέχεια