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Taxing the Greek Church

The Greek Orthodox Church is legally considered as a public company from the Greek legal establishment. Which means that like other public-led companies having the monopoly of providing a certain public service or a widely considered “public good”, it has to be taxed under the same rules, processes, and conditions.

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Tourism is the biggest and most credible and intensive industry of Greece, accounting for 18% of the GDP. Despite the absence of growth and the growing unemployment rates, tourism continues to be the major strenght of the country, especially now that the economic mismanagement of the debt crisis has parallyzed prosperity in the country. The… » read more

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On the 17th of January the Greek MPs (i.e. members of the Parliament) are planned to vote against those politicians being allegedly involved in accusations for counterfeit over the well-known “Lagarde List“, a spreadsheet containing roughly 2,000 potential tax evaders with undeclared accounts at Swiss HSBC Geneva branch. Three different ballot boxes are going to… » read more

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Risalto in Athens

During the last week self-creative, small-scale bomb mechanisms scattered in the residencies of Greek journalists in Athens, bringing in the light fears that terrorism in Greece is re-ignited under the shadow of the police special forces intervention in one of the flag squats of the anarchist community in Athens, called “Villa Amalia”.

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The index on state sector corruption, published by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) on Wednesday, placed Greece on the last position between the 27 member-states of the European Union and in the 80th globally. But is this something not expected? Some thoughts over this multi-faceted and structural problem.

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Mr. Daniel Esdras is the Director of the International Organization for Migration Office in Athens, Greece. Being in charge of this position for almost 1o years, and having accumulated wide experience in war-affected zones, such as Kosovo, Chechnya, and Sarajevo amongst others, Mr. Esdras firmly reckons that Greece during the last years is “a state… » read more

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