Week 15-21/9/2017 in pictures: Environment at risk

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The environmental disaster in the coastline of Attica continues, while volunteers and authorities try to purify the sea and the beaches, in order to limit the damage to the long-term environmental equilibrium.

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The investment at Chalkidiki, which was at risk due to protestations on its negatives effects on the environment, seems to find its path to normality after the discussions between the company-investor and the Greek government.

Week 28/7-3/8 in pictures: Despite summer vacations, Education in the spotlight

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It’s August and most of the Greeks are in summer vacation mood.

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A new series of laws regarding higher education was voted among reactions especially regarding the restoring of academic asylum, i.e. the exclusion of police forces from the university premises.

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Another education related issue that triggered reactions is the decision than the school’s flag-bearer of the schools’ national day parade is to be selected by drawing lots and not according to academic criteria.

Week 21-28/7/2017 in pictures: Moderate financial optimism

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We can finally say that Greece is out in the financial markets. The first (and trial in a way) Greek bond issuance after 2014 was moderately successful.

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A conflict erupted between the ex Minister of Finance Y.Varoufakis and the Greek government after claims regarding the period before the referendum and the PM’s attitude.

Week 14-21/7/2017 in pictures: Shaken ground in Greece

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The ground of Kos was shaken from a massive earthquake of 6.4R, that left two young people dead and several injured, some of them severely.

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The continuing of the imprisonment of a PhD student has caused massive reactions and protests. The accusations are based on a quite shaken ground due to insufficient evidence; however this was not enough for her release.

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The IMF agreed to participate symbolically in the greek financial program; however its relations with the EU remains shaken due to disagreements regarding the debt and the stress tests for the greek banks.

Week 8-14/7/2017 in pictures: Preparing for the markets

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Greece is preparing to reenter the financial markets, by issuing a 5-year bond.

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The lifting of the excessive deficit procedure for Greece was a significant step for the country’s re-entrance in the markets.

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A positive signal is that the sale of 2 lignite-based units of PPC is being prepared and is to be sent to the EC. The aim of the sale is the disinvestment of PPC in the lignite market.

Week 1-7/7/17 in pictures: Flaming fronts

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The summer has begun in Greece and it brought with it the summer fires. The fireguards were facing flaming fronts in Attica and Peloponnese, while other areas are in danger.

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Another flaming front is the Cyprus issue. The negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish side unfortunately were unsuccessful.

Week 24-30/6/2017: Negotiations on many fronts

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The government’s negotiations with the city administration workers front was ultimately successful since the strike of the workers responsible for garbage collection has come to an end.

 

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The government accepted the changes in the books used for the Religion course requested by the Church of Greece, avoiding that way a disturbance of relations with the country’s religious front.

 

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The beginning of negotiations between Cyprus and the self-styled “state” of northern Cyprus is of high interest for Greece, as we all hope that a solution is found to a problem existing for decades.

Week 16/6-23/6: From negotiation to governance

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After the difficult period of negotiation the Greek government has to return to the reality of the country’s governance. First thing to handle is the trash collectors’ strike which have left the country with a mass of garbage during the summer.

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The Turkish PM B. Yildirim has visited Athens in order to discuss with the greek PM A. Tsipras regarding various issues of the relationship between the two countries.

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471 students of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki have signed a letter addressed to the Dean of the Polytechnical School, complaining on various cases of drug dealing, prostitution and thefts. Meanwhile the Minister of Education still refuses to lift the university asylum, allowing to the police to step into the university premises.

Week 9-16/6/2017: We finally reached an agreement

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After months of negotiations and speculation, an agreement between the Greek Government and the Institutions was finally reached regarding the second program evaluation. The greek side gained more than expected regarding both financing and the debt issue.

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A massive earthquake (6.1 R) shook the island of Lesvos, leaving one dead, many injured and hundreds of habitants homeless.

qed Weekly Snapshot (27/5-2/6): The Greek debt still in limbo

Greek debt

The issue of the Greek debt is far from solved as not only it is still vague whether there is going to be a debt relief for Greece but also it is not yet determined whether the debt is viable or not, in order for Greece to be included in the QE program.

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Konstantinos Mitsotakis, ex-PM of Greece and one of the most important Greek politicians has passed away at 99 years old.