Al Jazeera’s feature on the Greek media in the video that follows, underlines the truth many have known in Greece for several years now. The fact that graffiti on walls says «switch off the TV» goes to show that Greeks no longer view news bulletins and journalists as objective.
The picture above was snapped during last year’s demonstrations at the end of May in Thessaloniki. It was one of many messages taped on columns outside the city’s symbol of pain and freedom, the White Tower, which translates to: «If TV said it, it’s probably a lie.»
Though links between political parties and the media have been common knowledge to Greeks, far too Συνέχεια →
If by now the EU and Greek politicians do not see that the enforcement of more and more taxes is not paying off then who will stop the country’s downslide? This rather proves that no one really is concerned about kick-starting the economy at all, but what matters to everyone is how certain individuals will make money off of interest (cf. Papandreou’s talks with the IMF before anyone spoke of debt problems, his pre-electoral lies that there is a lot of money to go round and his unconditional acceptance of terms and conditions of loans with an interest rate not given to other EU nations in the same predicament).
Years of quotas imposed by the EU on Greek products did wonders for the nation so yes, Greeks need to pay back the EU that helped so generously in aiding the country to become commercially competitive. Greek politicians, who have been hailed as saviors by the foreign press and have squandered trillions, are not to blame either — Greek citizens are, right? The latter therefore need to pay up for the inept governments of the past three decades, and that makes sense — no one in their right mind would hold a CEO or accountants responsible for a company’s bankruptcy. It is the factory workers who went out for drinks every Friday night that disgraced it.
Greek tax officials have walked out at the start of a 48-hour strike to protest over salary cuts and other Συνέχεια →
As Johan Van Overtveldt, the editor-in-chef of Trends magazine states, Greece is «condemned to go down in a vicious circle of more recession, more unemployment, larger government deficits or budget deficits and so an endless need of additional money to fill up the gaps.»
So why continue the loans? Why continue the Euro sham? Since Italy is next, and France’s banking system will follow suit, why fix something that already smells putrid?
Brussels will undoubtedly push the situation to its advantage and demand to step in at any time. Συνέχεια →
Taxi owners’ unions will hold a General Assembly in central Athens on Thursday to discuss the new status quo that will arise from the provisions of the bill and to take decisions on further action.
The strike initially affects Athens and Thessaloniki, but local taxi owners’ unions from other parts of the country are also expected to state participation in the action.
The bill, unveiled during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting by Transport Minister Yiannis Ragoussis, provides for a return to exclusive state authority of the issue of taxi permits, the introduction of special nine-seat taxis and motorcycle-taxis, a hefty fee for acquiring a new taxi licence and a reduction of taxi fares by 10-20 percent.
More specifically, the issue of a taxi Services Provision Permit returns to the state and may be Συνέχεια →