Σάββατο, 18 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

marilena: Υποψηφιότητα NICOLAS μέσα από τα μάτια του INDEPEN...

marilena: Υποψηφιότητα NICOLAS μέσα από τα μάτια του INDEPEN...

Υποψηφιότητα NICOLAS μέσα από τα μάτια του INDEPENDENT.....

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marilena: hey Greeks !!!!!

marilena: hey Greeks !!!!!

hey Greeks !!!!!








marilena: keep walking greece (Johnnie Walker adv)

marilena: keep walking greece (Johnnie Walker adv)

keep walking greece (Johnnie Walker adv)

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Παρασκευή, 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

marilena: Armed robbers have stolen dozens of artefacts from...

marilena: Armed robbers have stolen dozens of artefacts from...: Two masked men smashed display cabinets and took more than 60 objects after overpowering a guard at the museum in Olympia, officials sai...

Armed robbers have stolen dozens of artefacts from a Greek museum dedicated to the history of the early Olympics.

Map of Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity in Olympia


Two masked men smashed display cabinets and took more than 60 objects after overpowering a guard at the museum in Olympia, officials said.
The town's mayor said the items, mostly bronze and clay statuettes, were of "incalculable" value.
Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos has tendered his resignation, but it has so far not been accepted.
He has gone to the site which is on a forested hilltop in western Greece.
The BBC's Mark Lowen in Athens says the robbery - the second major museum theft this year - raises fresh questions about museum security.....

marilena: ΚΑΙ ΕΝΑ ΤΕΡΑΣΤΙΟ ΕΡΩΤΗΜΑ......

marilena: ΚΑΙ ΕΝΑ ΤΕΡΑΣΤΙΟ ΕΡΩΤΗΜΑ......: Will and Kate get Barbie-dolled up for their wedding anniversary? Ken and Barbi e have some serious competition: Prince William and Cat...

ΚΑΙ ΕΝΑ ΤΕΡΑΣΤΙΟ ΕΡΩΤΗΜΑ......


Will and Kate get Barbie-dolled up for their wedding anniversary?


Will and Kate are Ken and Barbie!

Ken and Barbie have some serious competition: Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Toy company Mattel has released images of royal couple Will and Kate immortalized as collectible dolls, done up in their garb from last year's royal wedding.
Accurate and adorable, the figures don the royals' much-discussed outfits from the nuptials, including a tiny re-creation of Sarah Burton's lace masterpiece, from the house of Alexander McQueen, that Kate wore down the aisle.
A cool $100 will get you the set (click the photo at left to see it larger), which is being released April 29 to commemorate the first anniversary of that special day.
It's unclear how the life-size royals will ring in their anniversary (perhaps a raunchy female comedy?). As for the wee ones, we envision a play date with G.I. Joe and Skipper. 

marilena: ΚΡΥΦΑ ΟΝΕΙΡΑ.....

marilena: ΚΡΥΦΑ ΟΝΕΙΡΑ.....

ΚΡΥΦΑ ΟΝΕΙΡΑ.....

marilena: CNN Richard Quest

marilena: CNN Richard Quest: London CNN, It is official. The Greek economy has gone into meltdown. Richard Quest GREECE 2012 EQUALS VERSAILLES 1919? The numbers release...

CNN Richard Quest


London CNN, It is official. The Greek economy has gone into meltdown.
Richard Quest
GREECE 2012 EQUALS VERSAILLES 1919?
The numbers released Tuesday show that during 2011 the economy contracted by 7%. Barclays estimates that much of that loss came in the last three months – when the economy dropped a whopping 5.1%.
A look at the IMF's World Economic Outlook puts it into context. In the darkest days of the recession no other developed country came close to suffering such a large loss (U.S. -2.4%; UK -4.9%; Eurozone -4.1).
It is now clear Greece's economy has fallen off a cliff. It has endured five years of grueling recession and every prospect of much more to come, as even the Greek prime minister warned that things would be tough for years to come.

And still on Tuesday evening there is nothing but confusion over whether Greece will get the bailout money it needs, as the Eurozone group cancels a meeting scheduled for Wednesday and makes noises that Greece still hasn't done enough.
The situation seems to be as grave as it has been. On the one-hand the eurozone nations are playing hardball while back in Greece, there is instability, poverty and the destruction of the economy. But is the eurozone demanding too much? If Greece sinks into riot and rebellion, will we look back on this time as being an error in history because, even for understandable reasons, the Europeans pushed too hard?
Comparisons can be made with the Versailles Treaty and the way Germany was treated after World War I.   Hefty reparations and a humiliating defeat were heaped on the country.  It all ultimately led to such resentment and anger that the seeds were sewn for the nationalism which followed. In Greece's case there are the years of debt burden on future generations, the humiliation of making elected politicians sign pledges to other European governments and ultimately the destruction of a way of life (albeit unsustainable) that is precious. I don't think I can push the analogy much further though. Greece hasn't had territorial appropriations or restrictions on its military.
But the point remains. What some in Greece are calling the "German boot" on their throat is stoking up a level of nationalist fervor and resentment that, if not careful, the Europeans may literally push too far.
The eurozone is an example of everyone being clever after the event – "coulda, shoulda, woulda" galore on how the Euro was set up.  It would be a terrible shame if Greece's political and economic collapse became another footnote setting back Europe decades.

marilena: «Ντρέπομαι για τον τρόπο που η Ευρώπη φέρεται στην...

marilena: «Ντρέπομαι για τον τρόπο που η Ευρώπη φέρεται στην...: ΚΟΜΜΑΤΟΣ Μπερσάνι:«Ντρέπομαι για τον τρόπο που η Ευρώπη φέρεται στην Ελλάδα» Έναν ακόμη υποστηρικτή από την Ιταλία βρήκε η χώρα μας, στο πρ...

«Ντρέπομαι για τον τρόπο που η Ευρώπη φέρεται στην Ελλάδα»


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Μπερσάνι:«Ντρέπομαι για τον τρόπο που η Ευρώπη φέρεται στην Ελλάδα»

Έναν ακόμη υποστηρικτή από την Ιταλία βρήκε η χώρα μας, στο πρόσωπο του Πιερ Λουίτζι Μπερσάνι επικεφαλής του κεντροαριστερού Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος PD, ο οποίος δήλωσε ότι ντρέπεται για τον τρόπο που φέρεται η Ευρώπη στην Ελλάδα.

Μπερσάνι:«Ντρέπομαι για τον τρόπο που η Ευρώπη φέρεται στην Ελλάδα»
«Ντρέπομαι για τον τρόπο που συμπεριφέρεται η Ευρώπη στην Ελλάδα. Μπορεί κανείς να επιβάλλει την λιτότητα σε μια χώρα, αλλά δεν μπορείς να την σκοτώσεις και να σφαγιάζεις απλούς ανθρώπους. Δεν μπορούμε να συνδράμουμε σε μια τέτοιου είδους σφαγή» δήλωσε ο Μπερσάνι, προσθέτοντας:
«Αυτοί που έκαναν κηρύγματα περί ηθικής, κέρδισαν από τα ελαττώματα και έβγαλαν χρήματα από το ελληνικό χρέος. Δεν μπορείς να σφάζεις έτσι απλούς ανθρώπους γιατί οι έλληνες είναι ευρωπαίοι. Είναι ώρα η Ευρώπη να ξαναβρεί τα χαρακτηριστικά αλληλεγγύης της και από τις προοδευτικές δυνάμεις να υψωθεί μια ισχυρή φωνή».
«Το σχέδιο που επιβάλλεται στην Ελλάδα οδηγεί σε αποτυχία και ο κόσμος πρέπει να ξέρει ότι το επινόησαν τα κόμματα της κεντροδεξιάς», ανέφερε από την πλευρά του, ο υπεύθυνος οικονομικών θεμάτων των Δημοκρατικών, Στέφανο Φασίνα.

marilena: WE ARE ALL GREEKS !!!!!

marilena: WE ARE ALL GREEKS !!!!!: ΚΙΝΗΜΑ ΣΥΜΠΑΡΑΣΤΑΣΗΣ «ΕΙΜΑΣΤΕ ΟΛΟΙ ΕΛΛΗΝΕΣ» Αύριο το παγκόσμιο ραντεβού στήριξης της Ελλάδας Κίνημα αλληλεγύης και υποστήριξης της Ελλάδας ...

WE ARE ALL GREEKS !!!!!


ΚΙΝΗΜΑ ΣΥΜΠΑΡΑΣΤΑΣΗΣ «ΕΙΜΑΣΤΕ ΟΛΟΙ ΕΛΛΗΝΕΣ»

Αύριο το παγκόσμιο ραντεβού στήριξης της Ελλάδας

Κίνημα αλληλεγύης και υποστήριξης της Ελλάδας που εξαπλώνεται ολοένα και περισσότερο μέσω διαδικτύου, συγκροτούν πολίτες απ' όλες τις χώρες του κόσμου και μετατρέπονται σε γροθιά οργής, αλλά και ασπίδα προστασίας παράλληλα για τους Έλληνες που δοκιμάζονται απ' τα σκληρά μέτρα λιτότητας.

Αύριο το παγκόσμιο ραντεβού στήριξης της Ελλάδας
Στο facebook, δημιουργούνται ομάδες, σε κάθε γωνιά του πλανήτη, όπως χαρακτηριστικά αναγράφεται, κλείνεται το μεγάλο ραντεβού υποστήριξης για το Σάββατο 18 Φεβρουαρίου στις 2 το μεσημέρι, οπότε προγραμματίζονται διαδηλώσεις υπέρ της χώρα μας
«Η Ελλάδα χρησιμοποιείται σαν εργαστήριο, προτού τα μέτρα γενικευτούν», «Αλληλεγγύη στους Έλληνες» είναι κάποια ενδεικτικά μηνύματα που αναρτώνται.
Ο γνωστός Ιταλός καλλιτέχνης Αντριάννο Τσελεντάνο στο φεστιβάλ του Σαν Ρέμο, πήρε το μικρόφωνο και κατήγγειλε «σχεδιασμό αφανισμού της Ελλάδας», ενώ αφιέρωσε ένα τραγούδι στην Ελλάδα και σ' όλους τους κυβερνώντες, με τους συμπατριώτες του που επίσης πλήττονται απ' την οικονομική κρίση να τον αποθεώνουν.
Αύριο το παγκόσμιο ραντεβού στήριξης της Ελλάδας
Στο ίδιο φιλελληνικό κλίμα κινείται και η διαφήμιση γνωστού ουίσκι που προτρέπει τους Έλληνες να εξακολουθήσουν να περπατούν, να εμπνέονται και να αντιστέκονται. Γιατί όπως χαρακτηριστικά λέει «δεν θα είναι ποτέ μόνοι τους».

marilena: Λουκάνικα Φρανκφούρτης και άλλα νόστιμα.... Γαλλικ...

marilena: Λουκάνικα Φρανκφούρτης και άλλα νόστιμα.... Γαλλικ...: Μπορεί ο Γάλλος πρόεδρος Νικολά Σαρκοζί να ανακοίνωσε με διθυραμβικούς τόνους την υποψηφιότητα του για το ύπατο αξίωμα της χώρα...

Λουκάνικα Φρανκφούρτης και άλλα νόστιμα.... Γαλλικά....










Μπορεί ο Γάλλος πρόεδρος Νικολά Σαρκοζί να ανακοίνωσε με διθυραμβικούς τόνους την υποψηφιότητα του για το ύπατο αξίωμα της χώρας, ωστόσο αίσθηση έχει προκαλέσει η αποκάλυψη πως η προεκλογική του αφίσα με σύνθημα «Η Γαλλία δυνατή» δεν τραβήχτηκε στην Γαλλία αλλά στην... Ελλάδα!
Την αποκάλυψη έκανε χρήστης του twitter και το κείμενο δημοσιεύθηκε στην ιστοσελίδα του περιοδικού «Nouvel Observateur». Δυστυχώς για τον Γάλλο πρόεδρο ο χρήστης κατάφερε να εντοπίσει τον μοναδικό αριθμό πίσω από την φωτογραφία που περιέχει μεταξύ άλλον και τον τόπο λήψης της. Έτσι το περιοδικό απόκάλυψε ότι η προεκλογική αφίσα η οποία είχε δημοσιευθεί στην ιστοσελίδα της «Le Figaro» δεν απεικόνιζε ένα γαλλικό τοπίο αλλά ένα... ελληνικό ηλιοβασίλεμα!
Στόχος του Γάλλου προέδρου ήταν να χρησιμοποιήσει ένα ηλιοβασίλεμα σε μια ήρεμη θάλασσα προκειμένου να δείξει πως αν εκλεγεί η Γαλλία θα βρίσκεται υπό τον σωστό «καπετάνιο» που θα την κατευθύνει σε ήρεμα νερά εξασφαλίζοντας τη σταθερότητα.
Δυστυχώς όμως για τον Νικολά Σαρκοζί η αποκάλυψη της πραγματικής τοποθεσίας της φωτογραφίας προκάλεσε πικρόχολα σχόλια τόσο για το ότι δεν επιλέχθηκε ένα τοπίο της Γαλλίας όσο και για τον τρόπο με τον οποίο διαχειρίστηκε το θέμα της Ελλάδας.
Επιπλέον, τόσο ο «Nouvel Observateur» όσο και άλλες ιστοσελίδες δημιούργησαν παρωδίες της αφίσας με πιο χαρακτηριστικό το «La Grece forte», δηλαδή «η Ελλάδα δυνατή». Άλλα εξίσου ευρηματικά ήταν το «La France morte» (η Γαλλία νεκρή) όπου δείχνει στη θάλασσα το ναυάγιο του Costa Concordia καθώς και το «La Franc Fort» στο οποίο έχουν προστεθεί δύο λουκάνικα ενώ έχει απαλοιφθεί το γράμμα «e» παραπέποντας έτσι ηχητικά στα λουκάνικα Φρανκφούρτης.

Πέμπτη, 16 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

marilena: ΠΑΠΟΥΛΙΑΣ.....SCHAUBLE.....

marilena: ΠΑΠΟΥΛΙΑΣ.....SCHAUBLE.....: Papoulias made his comments at Greece's ministry of national defence – which meant that his attack was made before a backgroup of Greek sol...

ΠΑΠΟΥΛΙΑΣ.....SCHAUBLE.....


Papoulias made his comments at Greece's ministry of national defence – which meant that his attack was made before a backgroup of Greek soldiers. Read into that what you will.
Greek president Karolos Papoulias (C) sitting among military leadership in Greece, 15 February 2012.

Here's Papoulias remarks:
We all have an obligation to put our shoulder to the wheel in order to overcome the crisis.
I cannot accept that my country should be reviled by Schäuble. I cannot accept this as a Greek.
He went on...

Who is Mr Schäuble to insult Greece? Who are the Dutch? Who are the Finnish?

Τρίτη, 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

marilena: ΜΕΣΑ....ΕΞΩ.....ΜΕΣΑ.....ΕΞΩ......

marilena: ΜΕΣΑ....ΕΞΩ.....ΜΕΣΑ.....ΕΞΩ......: Μέσα - Έξω.......μέσα - έξω........ Τα νεύρα μου.... Από την ώρα που ψηφίστηκε στην Βουλή των Ελλήνων το "μεγάλο" ΝΑΙ ....., άρχισαν τα Μ...

ΜΕΣΑ....ΕΞΩ.....ΜΕΣΑ.....ΕΞΩ......

Μέσα - Έξω.......μέσα - έξω........
Τα νεύρα μου....

Από την ώρα που ψηφίστηκε στην Βουλή των Ελλήνων το "μεγάλο" ΝΑΙ ....., άρχισαν τα ΜΕΣΑ - ΕΞΩ.....

Κύριοι Ευρωπαίοι, έλεος πια....

Είπαμε ΝΑΙ...ή να πω καλύτερα,....είπαν ΝΑΙ.

Άρχισε τώρα η διαδικασία των δεύτερων σκέψεων από την Ευρώπη;

Δεν μας αφήνουν ν' αγιάσουμε. 

Από χθες ακόμα άρχισαν οι δημοσιεύσεις στον ξένο Τύπο, όσον αφορά την δική μας υιοθέτηση όλων όσων υποσχέθηκαν να κάνουμε.

Σήμερα διάβαζα τις ανακοινώσεις του Γερμανού υπουργού Οικονομικών αλλά και του Λουξεμβούργου, να αναρωτιούνται αν θα τα καταφέρουμε και αν τελικά θα παραμείνουμε στην Ευρώπη, θα βγούμε.......ή θα πτωχεύσουμε ατάκτως.....μέχρι να ξεχειμωνιάσουμε...

Δεν μας αφήνετε δευτερόλεπτο να ησυχάσουμε.  Πρέπει το μυαλό μας να είναι καρφωμένο στην ίδια σκέψη και εικόνα ...σ' ένα βάσανο που μας τρώει το μεδούλι.....

Έλεος πια..... μας έχετε από καιρό κουράσει, πόσο μάλλον τώρα, που ενώ κάηκε το "σύμπαν",  και περιουσίες μαζί κατά την διάρκεια ψηφοφορίας της Βουλής, εσείς θέλετε ακόμα πιο πολλά πειστήρια του εγκλήματος.


Είπαμε....

Το προσχεδιασμένο έγκλημα θα γίνει.  Δεν θα γίνει "by surprise" ...., δεν θα σας αιφνιδιάσουμε..... Είναι υπό το καθεστώς του μαρτυρίου της σταγόνας.
Ησυχάστε.......



"Θα ματώσετε, θα κλάψετε, αλλά τελικά θα αναδειχθείτε από τα συντρίμμια ...." έτσι το είπαν....
Αυτό δεν είναι και το ζητούμενο;

Αυτό δεν είναι και στο πίσω μέρος του μυαλού σας;
Να βγούμε νικητές από την καταστροφή αυτή και να ανακάμψουμε....  
Αυτό δεν είναι το στοίχημα;

Τουλάχιστον έτσι ετέθη από την Ελληνική Κυβέρνηση.  "Θα πονέσετε,  θα ματώσετε, θα θυσιαστείτε για κάμποσα χρόνια, αλλά στο τέλος θα ΒΓΟΥΜΕ νικητές και θα αναδειχθούμε"..... (προσέχετε βέβαια τα "μαρτύρια" σε ποιο πρόσωπο καταγράφονται.....)

Εσείς λοιπόν, όλοι εσείς οι  καλοθελητές, γιατί δεν μας αφήνετε να το διασκεδάσουμε....γιατί δεν μας αφήνετε να το χαρούμε.....



Μου φαίνεται τελικά πως ελπίζατε να πούνε όλοι ΟΧΙ για να χαρείτε.
Αυτή την εντύπωση μου δίνετε, τώρα που ακούω και βλέπω τις εκ των υστέρων δηλώσεις σας.

Από την άλλη μεριά, εδώ στην Ελλάδα, δεν μας έχει μείνει πια ούτε μια στάλα υπομονής....Έχουμε το πόνο μας....έχουμε κι εσάς πάνω απ' το κεφάλι μας.....

Κάθε μέρα βλέπω τους Έλληνες να κυκλοφορούν σαν τα ζόμπι στους δρόμους...η μόνη ανθρώπινη αντίδραση που τους έχει μείνει, είναι να ξεφυσούν......
Ουφ....ουφ....ουφ.....
Μέρα μπαίνει ...μέρα βγαίνει ουφ...ουφ....ουφ....


Και  'σεις από την μεριά σας.......Μέσα - έξω.....μέσα - έξω.....μέσα - έξω.....


Κι εγώ απ' την δικά μου......ΈΛΕΟΣ....ΈΛΕΟΣ....ΈΛΕΟΣ......κύριοι....

Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing

I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU BY WHITNEY HOUSTON

marilena: India woman leaves home for lack of toilet.....

marilena: India woman leaves home for lack of toilet.....: Anita Narre refused to go to her husband's home until he built a toilet Continue reading the main story Related Stories From clearing excr...

India woman leaves home for lack of toilet.....



Anita NarreAnita Narre refused to go to her husband's home until he built a toilet
A newlywed woman in a village in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has won her struggle to have a toilet at her husband's home.
Anita Narre left husband Shivram's home two days after her marriage in May last year because the house had no toilet.
She returned eight days later after Shivram, a daily wage worker, built one with savings and aid from villagers.
An NGO announced a $10,000 reward for Mrs Narre for her "brave" decision and forcing her husband to build a toilet.
More than half-a-billion Indians still lack access to basic sanitation.
The problem is acute in rural India and it is the women who suffer most.
Shivram said he was not able to build a toilet at home because of lack of money.
He admitted that his wife returned home only after he constructed one with his savings and "some support from the village council".
"It is not nice for women to go outside to defecate. That's why every home should have a toilet. Those who don't should make sure there is one," Mrs Narre told the BBC.
Many people in India do not have access to flush toilets or other latrines.
But under new local laws in states including Chhattisgarh, people's representatives are obliged to construct a flush toilet in their own home within a year of being elected. Those who fail to do so face dismissal.
The law making toilets mandatory has been introduced in several states as part of the "sanitation for all" drive by the Indian government.
The programme aims to eradicate the practice of open defecation, which is common in rural and poor urban areas of India.
Special funds are made available for people to construct toilets to promote hygiene and eradicate the practice of faeces collection - or scavenging - which is mainly carried out by low-caste people.

marilena: Ζηλευτές αγκαλιές και φιλιά.......

marilena: Ζηλευτές αγκαλιές και φιλιά.......: Capturing kisses: Andy Barter's photographs of embraces. The clinical beauty of each of these shots makes the kiss itself seem almost i...

Ζηλευτές αγκαλιές και φιλιά.......

Capturing kisses: Andy Barter's photographs of embraces.

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The clinical beauty of each of these shots makes the kiss itself seem almost incidental. Each one took photographer Andy Barter nearly two hours to create as he adjusted the positions of the snoggers, inch by inch, until the balance was right. Will your Valentine's kiss last that long? Fingers crossed…


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Δευτέρα, 13 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

marilena: Έλεος....

marilena: Έλεος....

Έλεος....

Αυτή η ΦΩΤΟγραφία πρέπει να κάνει τον γύρο του κόσμου

marilena: ΑΠΟΤΕΛΕΣΜΑΤΑ ΨΗΦΟΦΟΡΙΑΣ ΒΟΥΛΗΣ 13/2/2011....

marilena: ΑΠΟΤΕΛΕΣΜΑΤΑ ΨΗΦΟΦΟΡΙΑΣ ΒΟΥΛΗΣ 13/2/2011....: Η ψηφοφορία έληξε και το αποτέλεσμα της ψηφοφορίας....... ΝΑΙ ΣΕ ΟΛΑ.....199 ΟΧΙ ΣΕ ΟΛΑ.....74 ΝΑΙ ΕΠΙ ΤΗΣ ΑΡΧΗΣ, ΟΧΙ ΣΤΟ ΑΡΘΡΟ 1 , ...

ΑΠΟΤΕΛΕΣΜΑΤΑ ΨΗΦΟΦΟΡΙΑΣ ΒΟΥΛΗΣ 13/2/2011....

Η ψηφοφορία έληξε και το αποτέλεσμα της ψηφοφορίας.......

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marilena: Papademos Has Votes to Win Austerity Motion

marilena: Papademos Has Votes to Win Austerity Motion: Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos won approval from parliament for austerity measures to secure an international bailout after at leas...

Papademos Has Votes to Win Austerity Motion


Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos won approval from parliament for austerity measures to secure an international bailout after at least 151 members of the chamber voted for the measure, according to a tally of votes.
The roll-call voting in Athens is being televised live on state-run Vouli TV and took place as police battled rioters in Athens protesting the measures including state jobs cuts.
Ten buildings were set on fire in central Athens by protesters including a Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) cafe, a bank and a movie theater, a fire department spokesman said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in line with official policy. The blazes were near a bank that was set on fire in May 2010, killing three bank employees during a general strike against Greece’s first bailout package.
Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos told lawmakers before the vote on the accord to secure a 130 billion-euro ($172 billion) second aid package that “we must show that Greeks, when they are called on to choose between the bad and the worst, choose the bad to avoid the worst.”
Demonstrators, rallying against austerity measures, tore up marble in front of parliament that they hurled with fire-bombs at police guarding the chamber. Officers in riot gear responded with tear-gas and flash grenades. More than 50 officers were injured in the violence, police spokesman Takis Papapetropoulos said by telephone. The Greek Health Ministry said in an e-mailed statement that 70 people had been taken to local hospitals. Police said 25 rioters had been detained.

‘Vandalism, Violence’

“Vandalism, violence and repression have no place in democracy and won’t be tolerated,” Papademos told lawmakers before the vote. “In such critical times we have no luxuries for such conflict.”
Papademos said Greeks aren’t afraid of sacrifice and called for support for the budget cuts needed to win the aid while leaders of the two biggest parties urged their lawmakers in parliament to pass the austerity bill today or risk financial meltdown.
With only weeks remaining before the country faces a 14.5 billion-euro bond payment, George Papandreou and Antonis Samaras, the leaders of the two largest parliamentary parties, urged support for the bill as lawmakers, with an eye on elections as early as April, bristled at measures such as a 22 percent reduction in the minimum wage, smaller pensions and immediate job cuts for as many as 15,000 state workers.
The measures equal about 7 percent of gross domestic product over three years and include a debt swap that would shave 100 billion euros off more than 200 billion euros of privately held debt.
Greece was granted its first aid package of 110 billion euros in May 2010.
To contact the reporters on this story: Maria Petrakis in Athens at mpetrakis@bloomberg.net; Eleni Chrepa in Athens at echrepa@bloomberg.net; Marcus Bensasson in Athens atmbensasson@bloomberg.net.

marilena: Greek parliament approves new austerity bill

marilena: Greek parliament approves new austerity bill: ATHENS | Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:51pm EST (Reuters) - The Greek parliament approved on Monday a deeply unpopular austerity bill to secure a...

Greek parliament approves new austerity bill

Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos addresses lawmakers during a parliament session prior to a vote for a new austerity deal in Athens, February 12, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis


ATHENS | Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:51pm EST
(Reuters) - The Greek parliament approved on Monday a deeply unpopular austerity bill to secure a second bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund and avoid a messy default.
Before the parliamentary vote, serious violence broke out on the streets Athens and spread to other Greek towns and cities, including on the holiday islands of Corfu and Crete.
The bill sets out 3.3 billion euros ($4.35 billion) in wage, pension and job cuts for this year alone.
(Reporting by Harry Papachristou; Writing by Ingrid Melander)

marilena: Greek MPs pass austerity plan amid violent protest...

marilena: Greek MPs pass austerity plan amid violent protest...: Greece's parliament has passed a controversial package of austerity measures, demanded by the eurozone and IMF in return for a 130bn-euro ($...

Greek MPs pass austerity plan amid violent protests

Greece's parliament has passed a controversial package of austerity measures, demanded by the eurozone and IMF in return for a 130bn-euro ($170bn; £110bn) bailout to avoid default.
A protester throws an object at police in Athens. Photo: 12 February 2012


The vote came amid some of the worst violence in Greece since riots in 2008.
Protesters outside parliament threw stones and petrol bombs, and police fired tear gas. Several people were injured and buildings were set on fire.
PM Lucas Papademos urged calm, saying violence had no place in a democracy.
Lawmakers have also approved a related deal to write off 100bn euros of Greek debt held by private banks.
Despite a rebellion by some MPs from parties in the ruling coalition, the result was expected, reports the BBC's Mark Lowen in Athens.
Pasok, the largest party, and its coalition ally New Democracy - which have both backed the bill - account for more than 230 deputies out of a total of 300.

Κυριακή, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

marilena: Greece set to defy protesters and accept eurozone ...

marilena: Greece set to defy protesters and accept eurozone ...: Greece's parliament was expected to defy angry protesters on the streets of Athens and endorse a deeply unpopular package of savage aust...

Greece set to defy protesters and accept eurozone bailout deal.

Greece set to defy protesters and accept eurozone bailout deal


Greece's parliament was expected to defy angry protesters on the streets of Athens and endorse a deeply unpopular package of savage austerity measures in order to try to avoid a sovereign default and retain the euro as its currency.
With eurozone leaders declaring it was time for Greece to put up or shut up and that Athens' promises could no longer be believed, Greece's two main political parties and the caretaker prime minister invoked apocalyptic scenarios for the country if the €3.3bn (£2.76bn) of cuts ordained by the eurozone were not supported.
Street battles between police firing rounds of tear gas and demonstrators hurling firebombs and marble slabs left Syntagma Square, the plaza in front of the parliament building, resembling a war zone. Rubbish bins burned as plumes of smoke and asphyxiating clouds of toxic chemicals filled the air.
Bangs could be heard inside parliament and the tear gas drifting across square reached the debating chamber. Last night several buildings has been set on fire, including a cinema, bank and a number of shops, and Greek television reported that dozens of citizens and at least 40 police officers had been injured.
Under a sea of banners denouncing further wage, pension and job cuts, tens of thousands of protesters chanted against "the occupation" of the country by foreign lenders keeping Greece afloat.
"The rebellion has begun," the veteran leftist Manolis Glezos told TV reporters. "These measures will never pass. They are a breach of our democracy," he spluttered, holding a surgical mask to his face against the fumes.
The prime minister, Lukas Papademos, warned ahead of the vote that wages and pensions would go unpaid, hospitals and schools would be devoid of funding, banks would collapse and people's savings would be lost if the 300 MPs rejected the terms set by the eurozone for receipt of a €130bn bailout.
Without the bailout – the second in two years – bankrupt Greece will be insolvent and have to default on its debt next month when it needs to redeem €14.5bn of loans.
"A disorderly default would throw the country into a disastrous adventure. It would create conditions of uncontrollable economic chaos and social eruption," Papademos said in a television address.
Despite six government resignations in recent days and the departure of the small extremist Laos party from the caretaker coalition, the two main parties – the Pasok socialists and the centre-right New Democracy – can muster a comfortable majority, although analysts predicted dozens of defections to the rejectionist camp. But in fiery exchanges in the chamber, finance minister Evangelos Venizelos warned: "If the law is not passed, the country will go bankrupt."
George Papandreou, the former socialist prime minister felled by the crisis last year, declared that Greece was at war and that it had to win. Antonis Samaras, the centre-right leader tipped to be prime minister after elections expected in April, also sought to rally his MPs behind accepting the deal after rejecting key details of the cuts for weeks.
With trust between Athens and its eurozone creditors, led by Germany, at an all-time low, the Greek government was told the time for pledges had run out.
"Greece's promises are no longer enough for us," said Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany's finance minister, who also spoke of the possibility of Greece leaving the euro.
"The Greeks have not quite managed to form a government supported properly by all the parties and therefore have not been able to tackle the necessary reforms as decisively as we would all like," said Schäuble.
While eurozone finance ministers are expected to agree to the €130bn bailout on Wednesday provided Greece meets its end of the bargain, Berlin is insisting that most of the money does not actually go to Greece but is held in a separate account and is used purely to service the country's debt.
EU ministerial sources said that account could hold up to 70% of the bailout funds. Such a move would be unprecedented and is likely to be contested. But the German proposal is also supported by France. By guaranteeing that Greece's creditors are repaid, there would be no default.
As part of the €3.3bn in savings ordered by the eurozone, the Greeks have to specify how a €325m overspend will be resolved. While the parliament was due to vote through the measures, it remained unclear where these extra savings were coming from.
A particularly neuralgic point in the savings has been the requirement to slash the minimum wage by 22%. "It's a big problem in Greece that the minimum wage is so high," said Schauble. "That's why there are so many black [illegal] workers. That wouldn't happen if they had a functioning administration."
As Greece's MPs prepared to vote on the austerity package, thousands of protesters remained on the streets of Athens denouncing the Germans and the EU. The demonstrations against austerity also spread to Portugal, the second of three eurozone countries trading hairshirt economics for a eurozone bailout, where tens of thousands came out in protest against collapsing living standards.