Σάββατο, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

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Greek bailout explained by rubber duckies and a pirate ship

marilena: Αγίου Χαραλάμπους.....10/2/2012

marilena: Αγίου Χαραλάμπους.....10/2/2012

Αγίου Χαραλάμπους.....10/2/2012

A defaced Bank of Greece sign is seen during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-John Kolesidis

Demonstrators are detained by riot police during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-Yiorgos Karahalis



A demonstrator is detained by riot police during protests in Athens's Syntagma (Constitution) square against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-Yannis Behrakis

A demonstrator confronts riot police during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-Yiorgos Karahalis

A petrol bomb explodes near riot police during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-John Kolesidis

Demonstrators confront riot police during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-John Kolesidis

Riot police grapple with a demonstrator during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-Yiorgos Karahalis

A demonstrator is detained by riot police during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-John Kolesidis

Riot police charge demonstators during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-Yiorgos Karahalis

A demonstrator is detained by riot police during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-John Kolesidis

A riot policeman kicks an anti-austerity protester who fell during clashes in Athens' Syntagma (Constitution) square, February 10, 2012. REUTERS-PHASMA-Michalis Karagiannis

marilena: Greek police union wants to arrest EU/IMF official...

marilena: Greek police union wants to arrest EU/IMF official...: (Reuters) - Greece's largest police union has threatened to issue arrest warrants for officials from the country's European Union and Intern...

Greek police union wants to arrest EU/IMF officials

(Reuters) - Greece's largest police union has threatened to issue arrest warrants for officials from the country's European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders for demanding deeply unpopular austerity measures.



In a letter obtained by Reuters Friday, the Federation of Greek Police accused the officials of "...blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty" and said one target of its warrants would be the IMF's top official for Greece, Poul Thomsen.
The threat is largely symbolic since legal experts say a judge must first authorize such warrants, but it shows the depth of anger against foreign lenders who have demanded drastic wage and pension cuts in exchange for funds to keep Greece afloat.
"Since you are continuing this destructive policy, we warn you that you cannot make us fight against our brothers. We refuse to stand against our parents, our brothers, our children or any citizen who protests and demands a change of policy," said the union, which represents more than two-thirds of Greek policemen.
"We warn you that as legal representatives of Greek policemen, we will issue arrest warrants for a series of legal violations ... such as blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty."
The letter was also addressed to the European Central Bank's mission chief in Greece, Klaus Masuch, and the former European Commission chief inspector for Greece, Servaas Deroose.
Policemen have borne the brunt of the anger of massed protesters who frequently march to parliament and clash with police in riot gear. Chants of "Cops, pigs, murderers!" are regularly hurled at policemen or scribbled on walls.
Thousands turned out Friday for the latest protest in Athens, this time against new austerity measures that include a 22 percent cut in the minimum wage.
A police union official said the threat to 'refuse to stand against' fellow Greeks was a symbolic expression of solidarity and did not mean police would halt their efforts to stop protests getting out of hand.
(Reporting by Lila Chotzoglou, Writing by Deepa Babington, editing by Tim Pearce)


marilena: Samuel Aranda wins World Press Photo

marilena: Samuel Aranda wins World Press Photo: The overall World Press Photo 2011 prize winner was revealed today to be Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda. He takes the gong for his ...

Samuel Aranda wins World Press Photo




The overall World Press Photo 2011 prize winner was revealed today to be Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda. He takes the gong for his shot of a Yemeni woman cradling an injured relative in her arms during violent clashes between anti-government demonstrators in Sanaa.
The photojournalist, who is represented by Corbis, snapped the picture during an assignment for The New York Times. Aranda will officially receive the 55th annual award at a ceremony in Amsterdam in April and will also gain a €10,000 cash prize and Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera.
Aranda’s work was singled out from among 101,254 submissions to the contest from 5,247 photographers from 124 countries around the world. Between 28 January and yesterday, 19 internationally recognised professionals were sifting through the entries to find the overall 2011 winner and winners across a variety of categories, such as general news, sport, people and portrait.
Last year the overall prize was won by South African photographer Jodi Bieber.

marilena: Martin Rowson on Greece crisis – cartoon

marilena: Martin Rowson on Greece crisis – cartoon: Eurozone members defer bailout asking Greek ministers to commit to even deeper cuts to public spending guardian

Martin Rowson on Greece crisis – cartoon



Martin Rowson cartoon
Eurozone members defer bailout asking Greek ministers to commit to even deeper cuts to public spending
guardian

Πέμπτη, 9 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

marilena: http://www.reuters.com/article/video/idUSTRE8120HI...

marilena: http://www.reuters.com/article/video/idUSTRE8120HI...: http://www.reuters.com/article/video/idUSTRE8120HI20120209?videoId=229826025

marilena: Greek deal gets cool reception on Wall Street

marilena: Greek deal gets cool reception on Wall Street: By  Edward Krudy NEW YORK  |  Thu Feb 9, 2012 12:34pm EST (Reuters) - News that  Greece  had reached a deal to secure a bailout was gree...

Greek deal gets cool reception on Wall Street

A Wall St. sign is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange, February 6, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid


NEW YORK | Thu Feb 9, 2012 12:34pm EST
(Reuters) - News that Greece had reached a deal to secure a bailout was greeted with caution on Wall Street on Thursday, with investors taking a wait-and-see approach in a market that has become extended after weeks of gains.
Leaders from major Greek parties agreed on reforms and austerity measures needed in exchange for a new bailout package to avoid a chaotic default.
"There is still a fair amount of skepticism that these agreements won't amount to action, given the history," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank in Chicago. "The market's taking a wait-and-see approach."
Euro zone officials say the full package must be agreed with Greece and approved by the EU, IMF and European Central Bank by February 15, so legal paperwork can be completed in time to avoid a chaotic default that could threaten the global economic recovery.
Banks .GSPF were among the weakest sectors in the S&P 500, slipping 0.3 percent. JP Morgan Chase .JPM fell 0.5 percent to $38.10.
Activitiy was subdued in the major stock indexes. The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI slipped 3.86 points, or 0.03 percent, to 12,880.09. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX fell 1.12 points, or 0.08 percent, to 1,348.84. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC gained 1.98 points, or 0.07 percent, to 2,917.84.
In a measure of how extended the market has become, well over 75 percent of S&P 500 stocks are trading above their 26-week moving average. Nearly six weeks of back-to-back gains have left the index up 7 percent this year.
Providing support to the market was a report showing jobless claims unexpectedly fell last week, underscoring a firming in the labor market. That followed Friday's report of a better-than-expected rise in the number of jobs created in January.
The Nasdaq was helped by Apple Inc (AAPL.O), whose shares gained 3.6 percent to $494.81, an all-time high. Brokerage Canaccord Genuity said its checks indicated very strong iPhone 4S sales and said it increased its price target to $665.
But Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) weighed on the tech sector as the network equipment maker's forecast failed to impress investors. Its shares were off 0.9 percent to $20.25.
The European Central Bank held interest rates at a record low on Thursday, seeing tentative signs of economic stabilization but refused to say what part it might play in averting a ruinous Greek default.
PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N) fell 3.9 percent to $64.13 after the beverage maker forecast lower-than-expected 2012 earnings, said it would cut thousands of jobs and increase advertising to reinvigorate sales in North America.
Groupon Inc (GRPN.O) slumped 11 percent to $21.88. The daily deal website posted an unexpected loss in the first quarterly report since it went public.
Diamond Foods Inc (DMND.O) tumbled 36.7 percent to $23.15 after the company removed its top management and said it would restate results due to improper accounting of payments to walnut growers.
Taleo Corp (TLEO.O) surged 17.3 percent to $45.66 after Oracle Corp (ORCL.O) said it would buy the recruitment software maker for about $1.9 billion. Oracle dipped 0.8 percent to $28.51.


marilena: Όταν πέσει η πείνα........

marilena: Όταν πέσει η πείνα........

Όταν πέσει η πείνα........


Τετάρτη, 8 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

Greece Should Default Within the Euro Zone: Expert - CNBC

Greece Should Default Within the Euro Zone: Expert - CNBC

marilena: Αλλαγές και προσαρμογές....

marilena: Αλλαγές και προσαρμογές....: Προσαρμογές σε έναν άλλο τρόπο ζωής εδώ και 2 χρόνια περίπου με αποκορύφωμα το σήμερα αλλά και το αύριο που φαντάζει ακόμα χειρότερο και δυ...

Αλλαγές και προσαρμογές....


Προσαρμογές σε έναν άλλο τρόπο ζωής εδώ και 2 χρόνια περίπου με αποκορύφωμα το σήμερα αλλά και το αύριο που φαντάζει ακόμα χειρότερο και δυσοίωνο.
 Ολόκληρη η ψυχοσύνθεση του Έλληνα άλλαξε over - night την τελευταία περίοδο.  Λίγοι είναι αυτοί που κρατάνε ακόμα.  Οι περισσότεροι από εμάς έχουμε πάρει την κάτω βόλτα  και ψυχολογικά αλλά και ουσιαστικά στην καθημερινότητά μας.
Αλλαγή ιδιοσυγκρασίας, αλλαγή συναισθημάτων, αλλαγή οπτικής  και γενικότερης φιλοσοφίας απέναντι στην ζωή.
 Αρχικά επαναστατήσαμε, κατεβήκαμε στις πορείες, φωνάξαμε, μουντζώσαμε.....Εκτονωθήκαμε και ηρεμήσαμε.
Ποτέ δεν φανταζόταν κανείς από εμάς τη σημερινή εικόνα.  Βλέπαμε την σοβαρότητα της κατάστασης αλλά όχι σε τέτοια έκταση και παρακμή.
 Μετά τις αντιδράσεις, τις φωνές και την βία που όλοι ζήσαμε, άλλοι από κοντά και άλλοι εκ του μακρόθεν, ήρθε η απόλυτη αδράνεια.
Απόλυτη αδράνεια μπορώ μόνο να την χαρακτηρίσω, όταν σκεφτεί κανείς την απώλεια όλων των διεκδικήσεων μιας ολόκληρης πορείας ζωής.
Και δεν αναφέρομαι σε επαναστάσεις και ακρότητες.  Αναφέρομαι σε διεκδικήσεις και κεκτημένα που ήρθαν σιγά-σιγά  μετά το πέρασμα  πολλών ετών και μετά από σκληρή εργασία για τους περισσότερους από εμάς.
Καταξίωση, ένα standard ζωής χωρίς υπερβολές για τους περισσότερους, ηρεμία, οικογενειακή ευτυχία, δημιουργία, απόλαυση των κόπων για τους μεγαλύτερους.
Στα ξαφνικά όμως, όλα αυτά παραμερίστηκαν, εξαφανίστηκαν, χάθηκαν μια για πάντα.
Ξεριζωμός της πίστης και της εμπιστοσύνης μας προς την ίδια την Πατρίδα και τους λειτουργούς της.  Ανατροπή των σκέψεων, των δεδομένων, του ίδιου του εδάφους που χθες πατούσαμε.....Ανατροπή βίαια που δεν μπορείς να παρακολουθήσεις και απλά αφήνεσαι και κουτρουβαλώντας τσακίζεσαι.
Άγρια, επίπονα, εχθρικά αλλάζει όλο σου το είναι μέσα στην ψυχή, με κατάληξη στον καθρέπτη του καθένα μας,  πρόσωπα  με την σκληρή έκφραση  του αιφνιδιασμού και της  απώλειας.
Όπως στον αναπάντεχο θάνατο...... και το βουβό πένθος που τον ακολουθεί, μέχρι να ωριμάσει η σκέψη του μέσα στην ψυχή και στο μυαλό για να ξεσπάσει μπροστά στην συνειδητοποίηση του... 
Κάπως έτσι είναι φωλιασμένη μέσα μας η θλίψη.....
Με το βάρος αυτό ξυπνάμε το πρωί και κοιμόμαστε το βράδυ...
Και το δράμα καθημερινά εξελίσσεται μπροστά στα μάτια μας, κι εμείς..... ανήμποροι θεατές του.

marilena: Solution to Europe’s Crisis Lies in Mona Lisa’s Sm...

marilena: Solution to Europe’s Crisis Lies in Mona Lisa’s Sm...: They discovered another Mona Lisa at the Prado in Madrid , just hanging about in the stock room. “What do you think that is?” asked s...

Solution to Europe’s Crisis Lies in Mona Lisa’s Smile: A.A. Gill

Europe


They discovered another Mona Lisa at the Prado in Madrid, just hanging about in the stock room. “What do you think that is?” asked some Spanish curator. “Let’s clean it and see. Caramba. It’s anotherMona Lisa,” painted contemporaneously by Leonardo da Vinci’s favored pupil, perhaps his significant other.
It’s been a good year for Leonardo. His exhibition at the National Galleryin London was praised as the greatest in living memory. There were lines around Trafalgar Square and a thriving black market for tickets. The show came as a startling reminder, even to people who work in the art world, of what a toweringly subtle and moving painter he was. We get blase and forget.
But the genius and peerless beauty of Leonardo reminded us of something else we’d forgotten in the slow convulsions of the euro crisis and all its miserable consequences. As a continent, what we do well, we do better than anyone anywhere. Yet Europe is now suffering a huge crisis of confidence. Not just confidence in our banks and our chancelleries, but confidence in our politics and our social fabric.
France is having an election which, even by French standards of insouciance, is a choice between the unappealing and the unexciting. Britain is unpicking its own seams. Ireland,PortugalSpainItaly and poor, benighted Greece are slipping back into a black economy of make-do-and-moan. The new democracies of eastern and central Europe are reverting to strong men and xenophobia. Angela Merkel was going to be Mary Poppins, now she seems more like Rosa Klebb.

Cruise Liner Analogy

The strain and the weariness of hard times are ripping the fabric of the continent. The Italian cruise liner on its side was so obviously an allegory. Europe is tetchy and short- tempered. Frightened, it passes round the catharsis of hot blame. Bankers are humiliated out of their bonuses and their knighthoods.
There aren’t ropes hanging from lampposts quite yet, but this continent is suffering from the lowest morale, its worst ego deficit, since the Cold War. It’s not just about money and jobs. It’s the disappointment, the sadness, the sense of loss.
It had all been going so well, one small improvement after another since the Berlin Wall came down. All of Europe’s collective institutions, its protocols and regulations were built on the interest of a rich, companionable comfort and conviviality. We honestly thought we’d cracked it, got an elegant mix of market and society, common sense and regulation, firmness and softness, back-scratching and nose-tapping. We could, after all, be both Italian and German, Danish and Hungarian, all at once, all together.
It doesn’t feel like that now. What it feels like is a big, bitter pity party. And don’t think we haven’t noticed the lack of sympathy out there in the other six continents. There is a buoyant schadenfreude. The world has spent enough centuries being lectured, patronized and mocked by Europe’s airs and graces, its effete manners and diplomatic etiquettes, its pontifications and cheese. A bit of fiscal pain couldn’t have happened to more deservingly smug people.
What to do? Europe needs to go and visit its galleries and museums, its theaters and concert halls. It needs to stand and look out over its skylines and down its avenues at the continent’s beggaring achievements, the fruit of the ebb and flow of inspiration that bound together this bit of the world long before the treaty of Rome, or NATO.

Rigor, Craft, Panache

These things are not just dead and gone; they’re not heirlooms or archaeology of a place that will never come again. Europe’s collective culture is its greatest asset, worth more than oil or gas. More than acres of black soil or forest, more than cheap labor and command economies, more than all the steepling graphs of mammon. Culture isn’t something that comes out of nothing, and it doesn’t vanish into nothing. It isn’t the icing or the dew. It isn’t decoration or a luxury. It’s the sedimentary laying-downs of generations of brilliance, of rigor, craft and panache. It is the intellectual mine that produces more things that more people the world over want and value.
The desire of developing economies and countries is for ideas and their fruits that are indigenously European, as they have been for 2,000 years. From the houses they’d like to live in, the furniture they want to sit on, the suits and frocks on their backs, the food on their table, the books on the shelves, the pictures on the walls, the music in their heads, the poetry in their hearts, the ideas in their computers, the future of their children.
The benchmark, the highpoints of civilization in any discipline you care to consider, comes from this fret of land between the Arctic and Africa, the Bosporus and the Atlantic. What the world aspires to is European -- its dolce vita, its craic, its gusto, its charm, its gemuetlichkeit and its sangfroid. This may all sound like awful hubris and saloon bar boasting, but Europe could do with a bit of pride at the moment. We’re spending such a lot of energy and worry looking down for what we’ve lost, we’ve forgotten to look up at what we have.
(A.A. Gill, the restaurant and TV critic of the Sunday Times of London, is a Bloomberg View columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)

Τρίτη, 7 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

marilena: MERKOZY....

marilena: MERKOZY....: The "Merkozy" alliance has proven to be ripe fodder for satire given the pair's prominence in leading the European Union through the debt ...

MERKOZY....

The "Merkozy" alliance has proven to be ripe fodder for satire given the pair's...
The "Merkozy" alliance has proven to be ripe fodder for satire given the pair's prominence in leading the European Union through the debt crisis. The motto on the octopus reads: "Misfortune seldom comes alone." The drawing is a sketch of a float for this year's Carnival in Cologne

marilena: It's Time To End the Greek Rescue Farce

marilena: It's Time To End the Greek Rescue Farce: A protester burns a flag of Germany during a protest in Athens: Making enemies with an entire people Whether it be an escrow account...

It's Time To End the Greek Rescue Farce

A protester burns a flag of Germany during a protest in Athens: Making enemies with an entire people
A protester burns a flag of Germany during a protest in Athens: Making enemies with an entire people




Whether it be an escrow account or a budget commissioner, the latest demands by Germany show just how absurd negotiations over Greece's future have become. It is high time to bring an end to this tragicomedy.



For the past two years, Greece has wrangled with the euro-zone states and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over its so-called "rescue." Austerity measures have been agreed to, aid has been paid and private creditors have been forced to accept "voluntary" debt haircuts. Despite all this, Greece is in even worse shape today than it was then. Its economy is shrinking, the debt ratio is rising and the country and its banks have been cut off from capital markets. There isn't even the slightest sign that the situation might improve. Something has gone very wrong with this rescue.

But none of the protagonists seem to have grasped this. They continue to negotiate as if things are business as usual, they let one "final ultimatum" after the other pass and they persistently fail to realize that their discussions have started to verge on the absurd. It would be a lot better to end this farce.
For weeks now, the Greek government has been negotiating with private creditors and the troika comprised of the IMF, European Union and European Central Bank (ECB) over a second bailout package. But it is already clear that this aid package will not save the country. It appears it will only delay a Greek insolvency -- and it will serve to create new hardships for the country's population.
It is time for politicians to admit that their carrot and stick strategy has failed. The idea that the country can be freed from its debt quagmire though austerity programs and aid pledges tied to conditions just isn't going to work. It won't even work if private creditors forgive part of the country's debt.
Broken Promises
For months, Greek government politicians as well as the so-called rescuers in Berlin, Paris and Brussels have all been deceiving themselves. Each supposedly final rescue package is followed by yet another, and austerity pledges aren't being adhered to.
That has a lot to do with domestic political considerations. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy must convey to their voters that they have the situation and, especially the Greeks, under control. Meanwhile, the government in Athens must, out of self-preservation, limit the burdens to its own people as much as possible.
That's why both sides repeatedly agree to promises that everyone knows they will not be able to keep. The current rescue package, for example, officially agreed at the euro summit at the end of October, already has to be improved because it has become too small.
The Greek economy is shrinking faster than assumed. And the austerity plan Greece approved last summer under pressure from its euro-zone partners is also failing to live up to expectations. That's no wonder, either, because €50 billion of the €78 billion in total savings pledged was tied to proceeds from privatizations that, not surprisingly, have failed to generate the profits expected.
Out of Thin Air
The truth is that it must have been obvious to all parties concerned, including the Germans, that the figures were pulled out of thin air. What kind of investor would invest so much money in a country that, for the foreseeable future, will be stuck in a serious economic depression?
The supposed rescue efforts have culminated in the latest German proposals. The German government would like to send a "budget commissioner" to Athens to keep an eye on the Greeks. If that doesn't work, then the Germans also want, at the very least, to be able to impound Greek accounts if they don't pay back their debts through an escrow account.
The suggestions have justifiably provoked outrage. Quite apart from the humiliation these measures would entail for the Greeks, Athens would almost certainly find a way to circumvent them. In the end, Germany would wind up turning an entire nation into its enemy without even gaining anything.
Greece Must Go Bankrupt
Perhaps, the Greece rescuers on both sides of the negotiating table should try being honest for a change. Here's the truth: If the country is to lastingly reduce its mountain of debt and, at some point, be able to borrow money on the capital markets again, then it needs a comprehensive debt haircut. In other words, it needs to go bankrupt.
And it's not just private creditors who will have to forego a large part of their outstanding Greek debts. It is also other European countries and the European Central Bank. That would be expensive for taxpayers across Europe, and it would also be economically risky. Indeed, no one knows what consequences a Greek bankruptcy would have for other crisis-ridden countries like Portugal, Ireland or Italy. But at least it would be an honest solution.

Of course, things wouldn't stop there. The euro-zone states would also have to build a bigger firewall around the remaining crisis countries in order to prevent contagion. They would have to help some banks that get into trouble as a result of a debt cut. And they would have to provide Greece with a real opportunity to get back on its feet and start growing under its own steam -- in other words, a kind of Marshall Plan.
All this would be very expensive, and German taxpayers would also be forced to do what they have feared from Day One -- which is to pay for Greece. But this solution has two major advantages. The payments would be limited, and they would actually help Greece.
And unlike everything that has been negotiated up until now, the solution would also be worthy of being called a rescue package.


spiegel

marilena: Algún día...

marilena: Algún día...

Algún día...

marilena: ΑΣ ΓΕΛΑΣΕΙ ΛΙΓΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΧΕΙΛΑΚΙ ΜΑΣ..... από την Κα...

marilena: ΑΣ ΓΕΛΑΣΕΙ ΛΙΓΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΧΕΙΛΑΚΙ ΜΑΣ..... από την Κα...: Έχω αρκετά χρήματα για να περάσω μέχρι το τέλος του μήνα. Του προηγούμενου... -Τα πράγματα γίνονται ολοένα και χειρότερα.....χθες πέρασα από...

ΑΣ ΓΕΛΑΣΕΙ ΛΙΓΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΧΕΙΛΑΚΙ ΜΑΣ..... από την Κατερίνα !!!!

Έχω αρκετά χρήματα για να περάσω μέχρι το τέλος του μήνα. Του
προηγούμενου...

-Τα πράγματα γίνονται ολοένα και χειρότερα.....χθες πέρασα από το
Σύνταγμα και είδα τα περιστέρια να ταΐζουν τους ανθρώπους.

-Έβγαλα το Δημοτικό.. Έβγαλα το Γυμνάσιο και το Λύκειο.. Έβγαλα & το
Πανεπιστήμιο...Και τώρα για να βρω δουλειά πρέπει να βγάλω ΔΙΑΒΑΤΗΡΙΟ!

-Τις προάλλες ένα αυτοκίνητο στούκαρε στη βιτρίνα ενός καταστήματος
και φώναξε ο καταστηματάρχης: -Επιτέλους, μπήκε ένας άνθρωπος στο
μαγαζί.

-Κάθε φορά που μιλάει ο Βενιζέλος κρύβεται το πορτοφόλι μου από μόνο του...

-Γιατί πήγε στο Κατάρ ο Πρωθυπουργός;  Εμείς στο Σιχτίρ τον στείλαμε...

-Αν το ελληνικό κράτος αναλάβει την έρημο Σαχάρα σε λίγα χρόνια θα
υπάρχει έλλειψη άμμου!!!

-Μη κλέβετε και μη λέτε ψέματα,  η κυβέρνηση δε γουστάρει
ανταγωνιστές....

marilena: EUROPE'S BROTHEL? PROSTITUTES FLOCK TO GENEVA AS F...

marilena: EUROPE'S BROTHEL? PROSTITUTES FLOCK TO GENEVA AS F...: With French stepping up enforcement, more and more prostitutes are commuting across the border to work in Switzerland, where the practice ...

EUROPE'S BROTHEL? PROSTITUTES FLOCK TO GENEVA AS FRANCE CRACKS DOWN

Sex clubs are legal in Switzerland (pppspics)
With French stepping up enforcement, more and more prostitutes are commuting across the border to work in Switzerland, where the practice is state regulated. It is part of an ongoing migratory ebb and flow in Europe within the world's oldest profession.


By Caroline Riegel
LE TEMPS/Worldcrunch
GENEVA - Lisa, who runs Venusia, a legal and regulated house of prostitution in Geneva, has just about had enough. "France is trying to get rid of its prostitutes by sending them abroad. So they come here," she says. "We’re sick and tired of this situation."
M. A., an employee of the Gclub, an erotic massage parlor, said the Swiss city is attracting a harmful "new kind of prostitution," where young women try to make a living in big hotels at night without having to pay taxes. "Geneva is becoming the brothel of Europe," she said. 
Though most agree that the prostitution market in Geneva is booming, the local police vice unit is not concerned, saying that the increase will eventually level off. "In the 1980s, Geneva prostitutes were already complaining about competition from German prostitutes," says Michel Félix, a member of Aspasie, an association that has been protecting the rights of prostitutes for 30 years. "Then other nationalities started arriving – it works in cycles."
Fewer than 1,000 prostitutes were registered in Geneva in 2004, compared to 4,100 in 2011, with 900 new applications for 2011 alone. The number of French prostitutes is rising dramatically, believed to be linked to crackdowns by law enforcement in France, where the practice remains strictly prohibited. Bertrand Jacquet, leader of the Geneva police vice unit, says French now represent 28% of sex workers in Geneva, and have been the biggest group since 2005. Since 2010, their numbers have increased by 75% according to the Swiss census.
But Jacquet notes that there has also been a 150% rise in the number of Hungarian prostitutes over the same period.
"We need money right now," says T., a beautiful 23-year-old mother who commutes from Lyon to Switzerland every day. "This is not a career. What we want is to make as much money as possible so we don’t have to wait 20 years before we can afford to buy a business or an apartment."
Across the border in France, a country that dreams of a society without prostitution, authorities are pragmatic. France, they say, is not going to break down and cry because its sex workers are moving abroad – they have every right to.
The dark side
Lisa angrily accuses the media of hyping up the Swiss Eldorado’s huge salaries, thus attracting throngs of girls lured by easy money. Girls can indeed bring in 15,000 to 20,000 Swiss francs (12,000 to 17,000 euros) a month. But rates are actually comparable to those in the other European capitals. As the Gclub puts it: "Customers will usually pay 150 to 300 Swiss francs (120 to 250 euros) in high-class places, but 25 to 40 euros to turn a trick in the street -- that’s really slashing prices."
This leads workers like Lisa to remind people of the dark side of this practice: "There’s quick money to be made, sure, but never easy money. It's a very hard job."
"It’s still an immoral activity," says M. A., "You have to stay strong in your mind. There’s a kind of addiction to money. Everything changes, your needs, your habits, you can’t go back."
Félix Michel adds: "Many workers are disappointed and have to leave because of the costs; renting prices in Geneva are exorbitant, close to unreasonable sometimes."
Credit, debts, families that need supporting:  the girls say they chose to work in Switzerland for the money, but also for safety reasons. "Working in France is way too dangerous," says T. from Lyon. "We’re scared to death," adds S. from Annemasse in the southeast of France.
The vice unit in Geneva, praised by all parties concerned, explains: "Women here are not prey. The regulations are very tight and well thought out with good measures in place. And it’s working. We’ve got excellent control over the scene, and there’s no human trafficking or mafia networks. Pure and simple, abolition [as is advocated in France] is simply impossible to achieve."
Michel Félix says that a prostitute who has a legal status and is a full citizen has no reason to turn to these networks to find work. But in Annemasse, the police vice unit is less optimistic: "France will never take its inspiration from Switzerland because morality still has a significant influence on the law. And it looks like the French are heading towards an even more conservative approach. Even the Netherlands is backpedalling, and soon it’ll be Geneva’s turn to return to stricter measures."
Julie Huissoud, from the Appart 74 association that helps prostitutes, says: "In France, it is assumed that the prostitute is a victim. Here, women can talk about their sufferings. When you end up performing fellatio for 5 or 10 euros, it’s called prostitution for survival, no less."
In Geneva, in the small common room of the erotic club, the floor is covered with a jumble of stilettoes, underwear, magazines and empty plates. People wait. A bell rings. Agitated whispers. Girls hastily put on their bras and quickly go on stage. The fleeting silhouettes of indistinct clients make their way upstairs, following the click of high heels. Other girls return, sit down, put on some nail polish, have a quick bite to eat.
"They may drive us off the streets and out of everywhere else," says M., a married woman with two children from the Doubs department in eastern France. "But women will always find a way to do this job."