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Greece misses deficit target as bailout deadline looms

Cash-strapped Greece fell well short of its budget deficit reduction targets last year, official figures showed Wednesday in a development that’s likely to add pressure on the radical left-led government during tortuous talks with bailout creditors.

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Moscow and Athens forge new alliance

The Greek prime minister’s visit to Moscow aimed at improving relations with Russia angers many in Europe – this is what reports in Greek media, covering the visit, boil down to.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is on a two-day … Read the rest


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Russia offers Greece loans, gas discount

Russia may offer Greece a discount on gas deliveries and new loans when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visits Moscow this week, the Kommersant business daily reported on Tuesday, citing one source in the Russian government.

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Ericsson bribes officials to secure deals

handshakeSwedish mobile telecoms equipment maker Ericsson paid 116 million Swedish crowns ($18 million) to a commercial agent, money which was then used to bribe Greek officials to secure a deal for Ericsson in 1999, Swedish radio reported on Wednesday.

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Swiss turn down Greece’s retroactive tax plan

Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf turned down the proposal of her Greek counterpart Yiannis Stournaras to impose taxes on Greeks’ bank accounts and transfer the money to Athens. 

 Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf

Currently in the Greek capital, Widmer-Schlumpf told Stournaras that … Read the rest



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Greece to draft ‘hate speech’ laws

Nikolaos Mihaloliakos

Nikolaos Mihaloliakos

The leftist Greek government said on Monday it would soon present a bill targeting “racist hate speech”, part of a crackdown on the Golden Dawn party after an anti-fascist rapper died.

“(The bill) will be submitted to parliament … Read the rest





Adonis Georgiadis – now Health Minister of Greece – during his TV show ‘Greek Awakening’

ADL urges Greece to reconsider appointment of minister

Adonis Georgiadis – now Health Minister of Greece – during his TV show ‘Greek Awakening’

Adonis Georgiadis – Health Minister of Greece – during his TV show ‘Greek Awakening’

Greece’s Health Minister nationalist Adonis Georgiadis has a history of remarks about Jews and has promoted anti-Semitic book.

The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern on Friday over … Read the rest